British High Commissioners in Seychelles and Mauritius, Matthew Forbes and Nick Leake, launched a new Facebook Group, www.facebook.com/ukinindianoceannetwork , covering Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, and the Comoros Islands, which will feature up-to-date information and advice from the High Commissions and the UK Foreign Office.
Social media specialist Travelshake.com has developed a facebook application for tourism and travel businesses that lets business owners offer their facebook fans the ideal travel shopping experience on facebook.
JetSuite is offering last-minute daily flight deals through social media site Facebook. Deals are for one-way trips on fleet of brand new, four-passenger Phenom 100 aircraft, and the fare is for the entire plane.
Social networking giant Facebook has launched a new standalone Messenger service, which it hopes will make mobile-to-mobile texting obsolete. The service allows users to send messengers through notifications on the main Facebook page, so “friends are more likely to get them right away”.
Holidaymakers this summer are likely to face data download bills as high as £800 if they use their smart phones to keep in touch with family and friends via facebook and other social media while abroad
The evolution of the social internet is driving “fundamental change in how people search, shop for and purchase travel”. That is the key finding of a study carried out by industry analysts PhoCusWright, which releases its latest report - Social Media in Travel 2011: Traffic, Activity and Sentiment - today.
Hotels.com, the world’s leading online hotel booking website, has today launched Facebook comments functionality on its UK and US websites.