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News and tidbits from the travel industry

Month: December 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

Zu viele Touristen: Den Berlinern reicht’s

Sie kommen mit Billig-Airlines. Sie schlafen für ein paar Euro im Hostel. Sie kaufen bei internationalen Modeketten nichtnachhaltigen Ramsch. Sie trinken Bier am Spätkauf. Und sie fliegen Sonntagabend wieder ab. Der Stadt haben sie ein wenig Krach gebracht, viel Gedränge am Alex und vielleicht eine Urinlache in einem Friedrichshainer Hauseingang. Mehr nicht.Thomas Lindemann (FAZ)

Rough Guides launches tailormade trips as part of major overhaul

In five to ten years we don’t want to be seen as a guidebook publisher: we want to be seen as a dynamic tech company that provides tailormade trips. This is going to change the way people travel. If you think about the Airbnb model, it is connecting travellers with owners. We are cutting the traditional travel chain.René Frey (Rough Guides)

High-speed trains are finally coming to the US

Currently, the majority of Americans travel predominantly by car. According to Census data, only about five percent of U.S. workers commuted regularly to work by public transportation, including by subway or regional rail, in the years 2012 to 2016.Lilit Marcus (CNN)

In Ireland, a taste of the underworld

In ancient Ireland, Celtic men and women had equal rights, and whoever brought more wealth and property to a marriage was seen as the ruler of the household, regardless of sex. […] Celtic women, unlike their counterparts in other ancient European nations, were not bound by the rules of monogamy and were free to take lovers.Addison Nugent (BBC)

Airbnb’s Grand Travel Ambitions Could Be Taking a Detour

Airbnb’s potential strategy to dig deeper into property management would have benefits and risks. The advantages would revolve around learning the property management space and establishing new revenue streams while the risks could be in engendering the view among current property management partners that Airbnb has become more of a competitor and less of a neutral marketplace.Dennis Schaal (Skift)

Video: V Mariboru brezplačen koncert brez poslušalcev

V toti presneti… 😂 Brez skrbi, to bosta vse “porihtala” novi mariborski Mr. November in Tona, ki ni imel absolutno nič s ŠC Pohorje, kaj šele s ŠC Areh in RTC Kranjska Gora. 😂Žiga Sancin

The Airports of the Future Have Arrived

I think one of the things we can really expect is that biometrics will be used throughout the entire process. If you can avoid people having to stop and queue — stopping and queuing takes up space — if people can move, they don’t need as much space.Angela Gittens (A.C.I. World)

Exclusive: Airbnb will start designing houses in 2019

Backyard investigates how buildings could utilize sophisticated manufacturing techniques, smart-home technologies, and gains vast insight from the Airbnb community to thoughtfully respond to changing owner or occupant needs over time. Backyard isn’t a house, it’s an initiative to rethink the home. Homes are complex, and we’re taking a broad approach–not just designing one thing, but a system that can do many things.Joe Gebbia (Airbnb)

World ski award winners revealed with Val Thorens named best resort

Boasting a vast network of snowy slopes, Val Thorens in France has been crowned the title of ‘best ski resort in the world’ for the fifth time in six years. The five-star W Verbier in Switzerland has been ranked as the best ski hotel in the world for the third consecutive year, with it ‘striking the perfect balance of contemporary design and Swiss tradition’. On the smaller end of the accommodation scale, seven-bedroom Chalet Les Anges in Zermatt was named the ‘world’s best ski chalet’. Perks of the luxury lodge include private balconies boasting views of the Matterhorn, a massage room, steam room, sauna and plunge pool. Ski Dubai was named the ‘world’s best indoor ski resort’. Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features a 279-foot-high indoor mountain (equivalent to a 25 storey building) and five slopes of varying steepness and difficulty.Sadie Whitelocks (Daily Mail)

Air France-KLM Launches a Unit to Churn Out Travel Startups

BigBlank, the group’s new subsidiary, plans to start projects with entrepreneurs and help those projects morph into startups. It will provide seed fundings of up to $900,000 (€800,000) a project. Many other airlines — including Aeromexico, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic — have attempted to mix it up with entrepreneurs, sometimes as marketing gimmicks to make their brands cooler, sometimes to make a financial bet that may pay off down the line, and sometimes to spot new ideas to strategically seize on before their rivals do.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

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