This comment in a Facebook Group is why I worry about objective coverage from press trips and fam tours:

Travel blogger:

“We had a AWFUL stay at a well-known place. I told the PR person that I could write about it honestly and it wasn’t going to be pretty or not write about it at all – she went for the latter. I heaved a big sigh of relief as I don’t like to publicly trash places.”

Here is what I think about that….

If a place is not good (hotel, restaurant, attraction, whatever) and I look to your blog for honest advice but you don’t tell me about places to avoid and why, then you are doing me a disservice as a reader.

If making PR people happy wins out over honesty with your readers, then that, to me, is a problem.

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