We just got this update, and we HAD to share and say congrats to our partners over at the InterContinental Hotel.  Here's the scoop -

Expedia® travelers rated nine Destination Hotels & Resorts properties among the world’s best hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list. Destination properties that received the acknowledgement include Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina, Sunriver Resort in Oregon, The Gant in Aspen, Hotel ICON in Houston, The Driskill in Austin, Wailea Beach Villas on Maui, Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe and InterContinental Tampa.

The Expedia list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. The full list represents only a small percentage of the world’s top hotels from the more than 110,000 hotel properties offered on Expedia.

The 2010 Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list is compiled based on the more than one million Traveler Opinions hotel reviews collected by Expedia, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 400 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide, resulting in an easy-to-browse list that provides travelers with a powerful way to find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of other travelers like them. The list showcases the diverse selection of travel destinations and hotel properties.

Destination Hotels & Resorts is the fourth largest independent hospitality management companies in the United States with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. The company has developed a variety of initiatives to better serve its communities, stakeholders and customers including Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program, and the Destination Delivers guest loyalty program, which provides the best available offers to members.
Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.DestinationHotels.com or to join Destination Delivers, visit www.DestinationDelivers.com.

So, once again, congrats to the InterContinental Tampa Hotel!  Keep checking back here for more Tampa tourism udpates, including info about great things to do in Tampa Bay and other Tampa Bay area events.