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New app fuels appetite for city breaks

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Sarah Marshall

From fast food to fine dining, New York has exported some of its most exciting restaurant concepts. Now travellers can be tempted to try the next best things first-hand with a new global booking service from OpenTable.

Using either the website or app, food fans can now make reservations at more than 38,000 restaurants in more than 20 countries, including New York, Berlin, Dublin, London, San Francisco, Sydney and Toronto.

Since starting in 1998 in San Francisco, OpenTable has seated more than one billion diners and that figure looks set to soar with the new service.

After logging on, users can choose a restaurant based on diner reviews, available tables and menus.

"This is an exciting moment for OpenTable," said Christa Quarles, CEO of OpenTable. "For almost 20 years we have been helping diners to discover and make restaurant reservations in their home country. This evolution in how we engineer our current country sites and apps means we can now power great restaurant experiences across multiple cities, in multiple languages."

The Global Dining Passport comes in response to the growing trend for foodie tourism, with an increasing number of people choosing breaks based on the eating opportunities available.

In a study of 14,000 international diners, OpenTable found that 97 per cent eat out at least once per day when travelling, and almost half of those surveyed agreed dining out is the best way to be immersed in local culture.

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