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Month: August 2018

When Winter Tourism Getaways Become Summer Attractions

A quick visit to France’s Chamonix in mid-June saw the town in the French Alps heaving with activity; tourism numbers shown town residents in summer have actually surpassed those during the winter. In addition to day-trippers from Geneva, the town was also attracting a decidedly more far-flung and cosmopolitan group. There was an audience from North America, and Europe, and a sizable amount of Japanese and Chinese tourists tucking into the fondue and ambling with trekking poles around cobblestone streets. There was a beautiful contrast of elegant Middle Eastern women in abayas having lunch outside the Hotel Mont Blanc.Colin Nagy (Skift)

Inside The Hotel That Might Save The Maldives—And Maybe The World

While some critics have noted that tourism can damage the island’s already fragile ecosystem—and many maintain that the archipelago’s atolls should stay undeveloped—Shivdasani is working to balance his business and his home. The hotel introduced the archipelago’s first solar array in 2008 and expects to get 75% of its energy from renewables within the next 12 months. It is also on a mission to become zero-waste and carbon neutral. It currently recycles 90% of its solid waste–with glass, food waste, jungle trimmings, and polystyrene all processed onsite in its own pyrolysis system. Now the focus is on tackling the last 10%, which includes small amounts of plastic, paper, cloth, and Tetra Pak packaging.Melissa Locker (Fast Company)

Airbnb Wants to Find a Home in China

China is littered with the virtual carcasses of startups that attempted to do business in the country and then gave up or were shut out. These companies often discover the Chinese market is hard to understand. A few entrenched technology players dominate nearly every business. The government tends to create a regulatory environment that favors domestic companies. And the rules change arbitrarily with little warning.Jessi Hempel (Wired)

The Rise of the Stressed-Out Urban Camper

According to a report by Kampgrounds of America, 2.6 million more American households camped last year than in 2016. A major reason was to relieve stress. Nearly all millennials surveyed (93 percent) said they would like to try camping this year, many gravitating toward glamping.Helene Stapinski (New York Times)

Na Kopaoniku v Srbiji odpirajo smučišče, ki ne potrebuje snega

Plastična podlaga je dolga približno 900 metrov, smučarjem in deskarjem pa omogoča možnost pravega in varnega smučanja vse leto, so sporočili iz turističnega središča Kopaonik (Info KOP).K. S. (RTV Slovenija)

Jin Jiang Is Buying Radisson Hotel Group

HNA’s rise and fall as a hotelier shows how suddenly the company’s ambitions have changed from its empire-building days, when it expanded beyond its means by gobbling up everything from big stakes in Deutsche Bank AG to skyscrapers in Manhattan. It’s part of a broader retreat for the Chinese conglomerate, which has sold more than $17 billion in assets this year to lower one of the country’s biggest corporate debt piles. […] In its latest sale, HNA agreed to sell its holdings in Stockholm-listed Radisson Hospitality AB and closely held Radisson Holdings Inc. to Jin Jiang International Holding Co., which is controlled by the Shanghai government and owns 12 percent of France’s Accor SA. Though total value of the sale wasn’t disclosed, Bloomberg reported earlier this month that Radisson could fetch at least $2 billion.Patrick Clark and Young-Sam Cho (Bloomberg)

A first look at San Francisco’s sensational new elevated park

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The world’s most liveable cities in 2018

1. Vienna, Austria; 2. Melbourne, Australia; 3. Osaka, Japan; 4. Calgary, Canada; 5. Sydney, Australia; 6. Vancouver, Canada; 7. (tie) Toronto, Canada; 7. (tie) Tokyo, Japan; 9. Copenhagen, Denmark; 10. Adelaide, AustraliaEconomist Intelligence Unit

The Airbnb Challenger You’ve Never Heard of (by Name)

Fogel is spending money to change the awareness gap. Online travel aggregators, or OTAs, as Booking and its peers are known, are among the biggest digital advertisers. The vast majority of Booking’s ad spending goes to highly targeted search and banner ads, but last year the company upped spending on awareness-raising TV ads for Booking. It also created a marketing program called the “Book It List” to promote its most unusual listings, like a treehouse, a lighthouse, and a South Carolina shrimp boat. To drive attention to the listings, the company offered contests and pricey stays in rare, exclusive accommodations, like the farm featured in the movie Field of Dreams.Erin Griffith (Wired)

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