Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 16, 2012
According to a report by eMarketer, online travel advertising is expected to top $2 billion in 2012, which is no surprise, given that the U.S. Travel Association's statistics claim 90 million people in the U.S. used the Internet to plain their travel in 2009, and since the economy has been showing some signs of recovery, more people are traveling.
That's reflected in the shear volume of content geared toward the market. Do a search for "travel site" on Google, and you get back 143 million results. "Travel blog" gets you over 38 million results.
New online travel portal, Travel Beacons just became the newest offering in this multi-billion dollar industry.
According to Laura Strong, Travel Beacon's Senior Editor, "We took a look at the content out there. A handful of existing sites are really well done. Unfortunately there's a lot more noise, a lot more junk."
"We also found thousands of personal travel blogs - one-person-run sites. Those are a mixed bag of good, bad, and downright ugly. That's created a disjointed feeling when someone's searching for high quality information relevant to the travel topic. We felt we could add a new voice to the field, and help create a platform that unifies a lot of it."
"To that end, not only will our staff writers create unique, compelling content on a regular basis, we're going to open the site up to guest writers. People who enjoy writing about travel, yet who might not otherwise reach more than a few people. We've got very strict editorial guidelines, so we can maintain that level of quality we believe is lacking out there." She said.
Less than two months old, the new site is still in its infancy, yet there's already a few dozen articles, lists and guides posted by Strong and travel writer Derrick Ramirez.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Travel Beacons is an editorially controlled information portal for all things travel related. Launched in April 2012, the site offers readers and visitors interesting and entertaining content including industry news articles, human interest stories, travel related destination lists, and destination guides. Open to guest writers, Travel Beacons maintains strict editorial guidelines for guest created content, yet allows otherwise unknown writers the opportunity to reach a new audience.