You my have read that search giant and household name Google is planning to pull out of China in protest of the nation’s censorship policies.  But did you know their actions might make it harder to find and book travel deals to China?

Travellers to China and Chinese travel enthusiasts, prepare to have the rug pulled out from under you!

North American travel companies like Expedia and TripAdvisor have invested heavily in China, relying heavily on Google’s patented search results to get would-be travellers to their sites for travel packages and deals. Without Google, travel companies may not want to pay for search listings on other sites and could shift their attentions out of China – which might leave travellers without a favorite online travel resource.

As a big fan of keeping tabs on low airfare thanks to the Internet, there are some key sites (like Yapta and Kayak) that I’d miss a lot. What travel website would you be unable to live without?

(And psst–you know you can find travel deals with no censorship all year round thanks to Travel by Spa Week!)

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