Hitting the stores or the all-you-can-eat buffet, Bing makes getting there easy

Bing is there for the things that matter this Discount Holidays © holiday season, from making the dash to the sales where every second counts, to getting you to that cool place you just heard of for some downtime or dinner over the break.

Weve just released a simpler way to find more local information and directions. These new facts at the top of the search page aim to provide simple answers to searches for things like phone numbers for restaurants, the hours of your local mall, or directions to your friends house.

Need help figuring out whether that unbelievable sale item is still around and you cant waste another moment? Or want to celebrate your savings with a nice dinner? Just search for the phone number and well give it to you right there.

Hitting The Stores Or The All-you-can-eat Buffet, Bing Makes Getting There Easy

Now, how to get there? Just ask for directions and you can see a quick answer showing the best route with distance and travel time information. Click on turn by turn directions to get the fullroute details.

Hitting The Stores Or The All-you-can-eat Buffet, Bing Makes Getting There Easy

Once youre out and about, keep your options open and your answers instant through Bing.com on your phone. Got a chance to meet an old friend for a catch up but not sure if the timing works out? Ask for hours of operation to help make the call so that you can focus on more pressing things like coming up with a witty joke to bring back the nostalgia of high school.

Hitting The Stores Or The All-you-can-eat Buffet, Bing Makes Getting There Easy

Give it a try yourself with some of our other Fact Answers Reviews[1] & Address[2].

Here are a few sample queries for you to try out

Were constantly exploring ways to help you spend less time searching and more time on the things that matter to you. So please stay tuned for more updates to our Fact Answers and let us know what you think on Twitter[3].

The Bing Maps and Local teams

*The directions feature is currently only available in the US, UK and France. Reviews and Address answers currently available on desktop only.

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Get the Skinny on the Latest Gadgets

As the Discount Holidays © holiday shopping season nears, there are numerous products that are getting released in the market.

Before you buy a new gadget, it s helpful to read a review or watch a demo video. With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to pull information from various web sources and display them in a snapshot for easy consumption. From there, you can click to the source web sites to read reviews.

If a product hasn t been announced, we ll even present all of the rumored information available for the product.

So whatever gadget you re waiting to get your hands on, you can find all that information on Bing.

Get The Skinny On The Latest Gadgets

Once a manufacturer announces a product officially, we will provide an up-to-date snapshot including pre-order links, expert reviews from around the web and detailed specifications.

Have a look at he recently released HTC Desire Eye1 or Samsung Note 42 .

So if you want to know about the latest products for the Discount Holidays © holiday season, you know which search engine3 to head to.

Tony Thampan, Senior Program Manager, Bing

*This feature is currently only available in the US.

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Brits had fewer holidays this year, with only half of us taking trips abroad …

but the UK summer means the staycation is thriving

  • Londoners took most holidays with average of 3.9 trips in UK and abroad
  • Number of Brits having a Discount Holidays © holiday fell from 83 per cent to 80 per cent
  • Only 53 per cent had a foreign Discount Holidays © holiday while 68 per cent took a UK break

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People are taking fewer holidays, according to a survey by travel organisation Abta. The number of people taking a break fell from 83 per cent in 2013 to 80 per cent this year, the poll of 2,008 adults showed. There has also been a decrease in the average number of holidays taken per person, from 3.1 trips in 2013 to 3.0 in 2014, although holidays abroad remain stable at 1.2 per person.

The number of Britons having a Discount Holidays © holiday fell from 83 per cent in 2013 to 80 per cent this year, with only 53 per cent taking at least one Discount Holidays © holiday abroad

Those in north east England, east England and Scotland took the fewest foreign holidays per person in 2014 with Londoners and those in north west England taking the most. This year Londoners took, on average, 3.9 breaks in the UK or abroad, up from 3.3 in 2013. Londoners also took the most foreign holidays per person, with 11 per cent of them taking four or more foreign holidays in the past 12 months.

This compared with just two per cent of those in east England and three per cent of those in the East Midlands taking four or more foreign holidays. The Welsh took the greatest number of domestic holidays, at 2.2 per person. The poll showed that 68 per cent of people took at least one UK Discount Holidays © holiday in 2014, while 53 per cent had at least one trip overseas.

The poll showed that 68 per cent of people took at least one UK Discount Holidays © holiday in 2014 with the Welsh taking the greatest number of domestic holidays, at 2.2 per person

The Consumer Discount Holidays © Holiday Trends Report, released at the annual Abta Travel Convention were published in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Abta is the leading association of travel agents and tour operators. The poll showed that 20 per cent of people anticipate spending more on holidays in 2015 compared with 15 per cent who say they will spend less.

The number of people booking an overseas package Discount Holidays © holiday rose from 46 per cent last year to 51 per cent this year, with 41 per cent people taking a Discount Holidays © holiday both abroad and in the UK in 2014, compared with 39 per cent in 2013. There was also an increase in holidays abroad of 1-3 nights, suggesting overseas city breaks were popular

There was also an increase in holidays abroad of 1-3 nights, with Abta suggesting that the overseas city break had performed well during the year, perhaps helped by a strong pound making short overseas breaks more affordable. The survey showed that 35 per cent think they will take a Discount Holidays © holiday to a new country over the next 12 months, with 48 per cent saying they were quite likely or practically certain to visit a new resort or city.

Younger holidaymakers appeared the most adventurous with 49 per cent of 16-24-year-olds saying it was quite likely and a further 16 per cent saying it was certain they will go to a new destination. But 56 per cent of over 65s and 51 per cent of 55-64-year-olds said that they would definitely not or would be unlikely to visit a new country. Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: ‘It is clear that despite continuing pressure on the majority of household budgets, people are still keen to preserve their main annual holiday.

‘While the market was very buoyant at the start of the year with consumer confidence on the up, the late-Discount Holidays © holiday market was tougher, perhaps reflecting the broader dip in consumer confidence in July, as well as good weather in the UK in June and July which we know impacts Discount Holidays © holiday sales.

The research shows there are reasons to be optimistic for next year.’