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TripAdvisor says it removed ‘more than 1m fake reviews’ in 2018

Hotels and restaurants which were identified as benefitting from fake reviews were hit with a ranking penalty, which means moving them down the popularity ranking league that appears when users perform a search. In some cases, a ‘red badge’ warning, where the hotel listing carries a warning logo for suspicious activity, is posted alongside the listing.Sean Poulter (Daily Mail)

First international cable car will link Russia and China

The cable car system will transport people over the Amur River between the cities of Blagoveschensk in Russia and Heihe in China. Each of the system’s four gondolas will have a capacity of 60 passengers, as well as extra space for luggage, and be able to take people between the two countries in just seven and a half minutes. They will leave every 15 minutes.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

Buoy oh buoy! Lufthansa reveals stunning yacht-style cabin concept…

Lufthansa Technik, part of the wider German airline group, has unveiled its new yacht-style SkyRetreat concept for the Airbus A220. The luxury cabin has been designed to host cash-rich VIPs.Sadie Whitelocks (Daily Mail)

Revealed: Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to visit in Europe in 2019

1. High Tatras, Slovakia; 2. Madrid, Spain; 3. The Arctic Coast Way, Iceland; 4. Hercegovina, Bosnia and Hercegovina; 5. Bari, Italy; 6. Shetland, Scotland; 7. Lyon, France; 8. Liechtenstein; 9. Vevey, Switzerland; 10. Istria, Croatia.Lonely Planet

JetBlue’s new NYC to London service may drive down ALL fares by 12%

The new JetBlue routes will be served by Airbus A321LR single-aisle aircraft featuring a version of the carrier’s premium cabin, Mint. It is not known how much the flights will cost.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

World’s longest passenger plane, the Boeing 777X, makes its debut

The unveiling of the 777X comes at a troubling time for Boeing as its entire 737 Max 8 fleet has been grounded in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that claimed the lives of all 157 on board.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

The world’s healthiest cities revealed and Paris is No1

The Healthiest Cities Index was created by measuring factors such as the number of parks, gyms, spas, yoga and pilates studios, health food shops and vegan option restaurants in the top 100 cities in the world. These figures, sourced from websites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp, were divided by each city’s size to reveal a per square kilometer ‘density’ figure. Average sunlight hours and the average cost of a night’s stay were also considered, and then each metric was assigned a score based on how valuable it was to travellers. These scores were ranked and the highest scoring cities were consequently crowned as the world’s healthiest cities.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

Norwegian now offers free WiFi for duration of long-haul flights

The service enables passengers to browse the web, check social media and send messages using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops at no cost. A premium option has an introductory price tag of $14.95 / €12.95 for three hours – and is being advertised as fast enough to stream music, movies and television.Samantha Lewis (Daily Mail)

Delta named the most punctual airline in the world

Delta Air Lines has been named as the world’s most on-time major airline for the second year in a row. In second place is Qatar Airways on 85.88 per cent and following closely in third is KLM (85.04 per cent). The rest of the top 10 major airline ranking is made up of ANA (84.2 per cent), Aeroflot (82.98 per cent), Alitalia (82.27 per cent), Emirates (82 per cent), United Airlines (80.75 per cent), American Airlines (80.28 per cent) and SAS (78.69 per cent).Ted Thornhill (Daily Mail)

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)

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