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U.S. State Department begins social media screening for nearly all visa applicants | TechCrunch
Yesterday the U.S. State Department began implementing its requirement that nearly all U.S. visa applicants submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers as part of the application process. The new requirement, which could affect up to 15 million would-be travelers to the U.S., is part of a broad expansion of enhanced screening under the Trump administration.
First proposed in March 2018, the State Department only just updated the application forms to request the additional information, according to a report from the Associated Press.
“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the department said in a statement to the AP. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”
social-networks  privacy  ti  trump 
16 days ago by dancall
Burberry Opens Store in Mykonos, Greece | HYPEBAE
Burberry has opened a temporary pop-up location in Mykonos, Greece. The Nammos Village location is inspired by the brand’s Regent Street flagship in London. White and pistachio green tones are used to create a calm shopping environment. The space is further outfitted with mirrors and clean shelving to give a roomy feel to the store. The ground floor features a blank canvas wall where visitors can add illustrations and custom tags, similar to the Burberry Bond Street store. Visitors will be able to shop Riccardo Tisci’s debut collections for Burberry including the Spring/Summer 2019 range and the new Thomas Burberry Monogram collection.
luxury  retail  pop-up  ti 
28 days ago by dancall
Google Makes It Easier To Plan Trips |
Google is launching a product that will make it easier for users to plan and organize their travel plans. The new product will integrate flight and hotel search functions, as well as organize people’s travel plans and save any research on a destination. While the offerings were made available on smartphones last year, they are now available on desktops at

“It often takes days or weeks to plan a trip. When you need to pick up planning again, we’ll keep track of your trip research across Google. Recent searches, saved places and flights you’re tracking are added automatically to your trips when you’re signed into your Google Account. Soon, we’ll add viewed things to do, and saved and viewed hotels to your trips. When you want to continue planning, all of your research will be waiting for you at If you don’t want to see private results, you can opt out by adjusting your results, and web and app activity settings,” wrote Richard Holden, VP of product management and travel at Google, in a blog post.

While planning their trip, a user will be able to easily read articles and find out more about a destination, such as suggested day plans, popular restaurants around their hotel and events happening during the travel dates. In addition, Google will showcase things to do, restaurants and more via Google Maps.
google  ti  TOOLS  search 
4 weeks ago by dancall
GetYourGuide picks up $484M, passes 25M tickets sold through its tourism activity app | TechCrunch
As we swing into the summer tourist season, a company poised to capitalise on that has raised a huge round of funding. GetYourGuide — a Berlin startup that has built a popular marketplace for people to discover and book sightseeing tours, tickets for attractions and other experiences around the world — is today announcing that it has picked up $484 million, a Series E round of funding that will catapult its valuation above the $1 billion mark.

The funding is a milestone for a couple of reasons. GetYourGuide says it is the highest-ever round of funding for a company in the area of “travel experiences” (tours and other activities) — a market estimated to be worth $150 billion this year and rising to $183 billion in 2020. And this Series E is also one of the biggest-ever growth rounds for any European startup, period.
ti  new-companies 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Google Flights Just Added Two Amazing Features You Should Know About
And it will show you the world. Or at least the parts you can afford.
Want to travel on your birthday, don’t care where, but have a strict budget? No problem. Google has expanded its inspiration tool, with a budget slider. You simply enter your starting point and your travel dates and Google Flights will show you prices for every destination. Who knows, maybe a place half way around the world is cheaper than half way across the state? In fact, it probably is.
ti  search  ux  TOOLS  maps 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Airbnb to Offer 200 New Luxury Suites at Rockefeller Plaza - Bloomberg
Airbnb Inc. guests will soon be able to book luxury suites in the heart of New York’s iconic Rockefeller Center.
The home-share titan is taking over 10 floors of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, with plans to convert them into 200 overnight apartment-style suites in a new partnership with RXR Realty LLC, one of New York City’s largest real estate developers. The deal will create a “new category of urban lodging" in New York, the companies said in a joint statement.
airbnb  luxury  ownlabel  ti  trends  future 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Airbnb To Take Over Floors Of Rockefeller Plaza |
In a move to diversify its business ahead of an initial public offering (IPO), Airbnb is taking over 10 floors of the iconic 75 Rockefeller Plaza. Bloomberg is reporting that the company has plans to convert the spaces into 200 overnight apartments.

The move is in collaboration with RXR Realty, one of the largest real estate developers in the state of New York. The companies said the move will create a “new category of urban lodging.”

The suites, which will be custom-designed and curated individually, will offer views of landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Empire State Building and, during the winter, the Rockefeller Christmas tree and ice skating rink.

The idea is to differentiate from hotels by giving guests “all the comforts of home” along with a “curated, authentic New York City experience and sense of community typically reserved for locals,” the report noted.
airbnb  ti  ownlabel  future  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Alicast: Alibaba's Fliggy Reshapes Travel Industry |
Fliggy's Frank Huang discusses the travel platform's recent developments, its relationships with customers and travel & hospitality brands and what the future will look like.
alibaba  ti  future  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Over-50s spend more on holidays, the young travel less | Travel Weekly
The over-50s are spending more on holidays – including cruises – while younger people are travelling less, new research shows.
The older age group has increased spending on travel by 23% over the past five years, according to a study by the CEBR consultancy for Saga, reported by the BBC.
Those under 50 have cut spending on tourism by 5% during the same period.
As a result, the older generation is now responsible for more than half the UK’s total spending on holidays.
ti  olderpeople  stats 
7 weeks ago by dancall
(1) How Rafat Ali Went from a Blogger to CEO of Skift - YouTube
For our latest interview for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, we interview Skift CEO, Rafat Ali. Ali discusses his career, how he began as a blogger in the late 1990s and has since created Skift, which is a resource for the travel industry. In this interview, Ali discusses the challenges of being a minority in the United States, the changing media landscape, and working in the start-up environment.
ti  blogs 
8 weeks ago by dancall
5G & The Future Of Connectivity: 20 Industries The Tech Could Transform - CB Insights Research
The way restaurants interact with customers, prepare food, and deliver meals will continue to evolve as 5G gains adoption.
5G-enabled IoT devices could improve food tracking and waste disposal. Ordering platforms, from menus to drive-throughs, could evolve into more immersive and interactive experiences for customers, as 5G allows enhanced performance with better speeds and lower latency.
5G-connected drones could allow restaurants to send out more food deliveries.

Kitchen employees could be trained using 5G-connected AR/VR experiences, saving valuable inventory. 5G connectivity could also finally enable widespread adoption of robotics in restaurants.

With all of these new 5G technologies, the restaurant industry is likely to see reduced costs, more efficient food production, and enhanced consumer experiences.
5g  future  trends  tv  food  ti  finance 
12 weeks ago by dancall
Google Searches For Flights On A Budget |
Google last week highlighted its travel insights tool, which enables users to see flight price trends for routes or locate cities where there are hotel deals.
In a blog post last week, Google said the travel insights tool is designed to provide people with inspiration as to where to go on vacation. It provides details on trending destinations for spring break in the U.S. Google found four out of five trending cities for this year’s spring break are all in Florida.
Some of the new features Google rolled out in Google Flights and Hotels include the ability to search for destinations via budget. Google enables users to explore the world map on Google Flights to see where you can fly on the cheap. If you live in, say, San Francisco and want to spend under $150 on flight, you search by setting a price limit and seeing only the destinations that will be in your price range to fly.
For users who have decided on where they want to travel and are starting to search for flights, Google will provide price insight for most trips, which was previously only available for holiday dates. It shows whether the price of the flight is high, typical or cheap compared to what the airline typically charges. Google will also alert you if the price won’t decline more or if it will increase soon.
google  ti  search  ownlabel 
march 2019 by dancall
Airbnb Is Paying $400 Million For HotelTonight, Half in Pre-IPO Stock – Skift
When informed of the purchase price for HotelTonight Friday, Seth Borko, Skift senior research analyst, quipped that it could potentially be “a nice little exit” for HotelTonight.
The value of Airbnb’s stock, and what it will be once it goes public, as most observers expect, will be a key determinant of the outcome for HotelTonight since about half of the deal payment is in Airbnb stock.
“There’s room for appreciation in terms of the public valuation price,” Borko said, referring to Airbnb’s stock price if and when it goes public.

He added that Airbnb is leveraging a potentially “richly valuable stock and they are clearly putting it to work” in landing the HotelTonight deal.
airbnb  ti  deals  ownlabel 
march 2019 by dancall
JetBlue's Instagram contest asks users to wipe their accounts | Mobile Marketer
JetBlue is offering a year of free travel to three Instagram users and their travel companions who delete all their posts on the image-sharing app to "create a blank slate." To enter the "All You Can Jet" sweepstakes, Instagram users who have wiped their accounts must visit JetBlue's website and follow the instructions.
Contestants must then upload a photo and use in-app software tools to customize it by filling in the "All You Can" blank. After saving the image, contestants can post it to Instagram with the tags @jetblue and #allyoucanjetsweepstakes in the caption.
The airline will hold a drawing among the eligible entries to pick the winners, who can book flights between April 1 and March 31, 2020. The sweepstakes launched on Feb. 27 and runs through March 8.
ti  detox  instagram  funny  competition 
march 2019 by dancall
China Blocks Millions From Buying Travel Tix |
Millions of Chinese travelers were banned from buying airline tickets last year because of outstanding social credit offenses.
According to the Associated Press, individuals were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year for such offenses as unpaid taxes and fines. Data from to the National Public Credit Information Center also showed that travelers were barred 5.5 million times from purchasing train tickets, while 128 people were blocked from leaving the country because of unpaid taxes.
The Chinese government has been using the social credit system since 2014 in select areas across the country, with the aim of implementing a nationwide system by 2020. Offenders face possible penalties, including restrictions on travel, business and education access. In fact, a slogan used by the state media warned, “Once you lose trust, you will face restrictions everywhere.”
apac  ti  legal 
march 2019 by dancall
Google Maps Takes On Facebook With 'For You' |
To help users follow businesses through the Google Maps iOS app, Google announced a new feature that allows users to monitor updates and news from companies. Users can access the feature, which was only for Android at first, through a “For You” tab on the app, according to reports that call the function a “challenger to Facebook Pages.”
By using a “follow” button, users on iOS devices can search for a store or restaurant (among other places) to stay up to date with the latest news from that establishment. In a blog post, Google Maps Product Manager Andrew Cooper wrote, “You’ll then be able to see important updates from these places in your ‘For You’ tab so you can quickly learn about upcoming events, offers and more.”
Businesses, too, will have the ability to see customers who use iOS devices, in addition to users of Android devices. In the post, Cooper continued, “places and businesses all over the world can see their followers in the Google My Business app, and actively post helpful information for their followers to see.”
google  maps  social-networks  food  ti  future  trends 
february 2019 by dancall
Why you should take Alexa with you on vacation - CNET
One thing a lot of hotel rooms or Airbnb rentals lack are music-streaming options. Just like you might bring an Apple TV ($179 at Walmart) or Chromecast with you on vacation, you can bring an Alexa-enabled speaker along for the ride to enjoy some tunes while you cook or help lull you to sleep at night.

The only thing you will need to do is open the Alexa app on your phone and go to Settings > [speaker name] > Update Wi-Fi to connect the Alexa speaker to the Wi-Fi network at the hotel or Airbnb location. The downside is that some hotel Wi-Fi networks won't work with some devices. You might also want to bring a travel router along or use your phone as a hotspot just in case.
echo  ti  voice 
january 2019 by dancall
Google Assistant debuts flight check-in, hotel booking features at CES | Mobile Marketer
Google Assistant added flight check-in and hotel booking to its voice-activated services, according to a company announcement from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Google's digital assistant added the services to its existing features that let users search for upcoming flights, browse prices and track flight status with their voice.
United Airlines is the first airline to offer Google's voice-enabled check-in to customers traveling domestically. By saying, "Hey Google, check in to my flight," the assistant will walk through the steps of checking in. Google plans to add more airlines and flights soon, per its announcement.
google  voice  ti  ces  echo 
january 2019 by dancall
Marriott Hack Part Of Broader Chinese Effort |
The report, citing two people briefed on the investigation, reported China had launched an intelligence-gathering campaign which included hacking into health insurance companies and hacking security clearance files of millions of people living in the U.S. The New York Times reported the hackers are believed to be employed by the Ministry of State Security, which is China’s spy agency. The paper noted that the revelation that China was behind the Marriott hack comes as the U.S. government is gearing up to launch actions against China’s trade that include indicting Chinese hackers that work for the government. The New York Times noted the Marriott hacking isn’t expected to be part of the indictments but does add a sense of urgency to the moves the White House was mulling.
apac  hacking  privacy  fail  ti 
december 2018 by dancall
Marriott hack hits 500 million Starwood guests - BBC News
The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach.
The hotel chain said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party.
It said an internal investigation found an attacker had been able to access the Starwood network since 2014.
The company said it would notify customers whose records were in the database.
hacking  ti  fail  privacy 
november 2018 by dancall
How American Brewers Helped to Fuel Berlin's Craft Beer Renaissance | October
“It is still not as easy as in other countries. The opportunities are not very big but there are more now for smaller brewers,” Kinchen says.
A report from Zenith Advisory found the number of craft breweries in Germany has more than doubled in the last five years, but remains small. Figures from the German Brewers’ Association found 82 new breweries opened last year, the same as the previous eight years combined.
alcohol  ti  tde 
november 2018 by dancall
KLM's travel VR series showcases faraway destinations | Mobile Marketer
Dutch airline KLM is giving online users a chance to experience faraway places without leaving home by immersing them in computer-generated virtual reality (VR). The carrier's iFly KLM Magazine online platform has 360-degree videos that showcase several destinations for travelers to virtually visit, according to a press release shared with Mobile Marketer.
Celebrity chef Kiran Jethwa, star of National Geographic's "The Fearless Chef" and U.K. television station Channel 4's "Extreme Foods," provides a guided tour of the destinations in three video episodes. Viewers can see the 360-degree videos with a smartphone, tablet or VR headset.
ti  vr  creative  content 
november 2018 by dancall
Alibaba unveils first "future hotel" in Hangzhou, China
Called Flyzoo, the hotel has an evocative name in Chinese: Feizhubuke, which sounds close to Facebook in the language and can be loosely translated “as staying here is a must.”
ti  apac  future  alibaba  robots  recognition 
november 2018 by dancall
easyJet's New Instagram Booking Takes Off |
Or it was, anyway — the European airline has now built a visual search tool to make it single-tap easy to see a picture, and book a flight to that location. According to Young, the consumer does not even necessarily need to know where the photo they are seeing was taken.

The feature is called “Look&Book” and it leverages image-recognition technology to match a photo of a location from anywhere in Europe with one of easyJet’s service locations. Moreover, once the user clicks on the image, Look&Book also allows users to see the nearest airport, and pre-populates the booking form in the app with those details.  The feature will also soon include destinations from outside of Europe as easyJet services them.
ti  recognition  ecommerce  trends  future 
november 2018 by dancall
Lufthansa's AI-powered ad campaign personalizes travel experiences | Marketing Dive
Lufthansa is launching an artificial intelligence-powered advertising experience in partnership with IBM Watson Advertising, as part of the airline’s #SayYesToTheWorld brand campaign, according to a news release. The effort is reportedly the first Watson Ads campaign from an airline. 
The interactive ad lets consumers interact with Lufthansa for general airline questions and travel content focusing on 15 European destinations. The ad includes a destination explorer to highlight each location with travel facts, tips, tailored image galleries, videos and an option for a flight reservation. The ad is running on the IBM-owned and The Weather Channel app, and across Lufthansa’s digital ad platforms. 
ti  targeting  advertising  ai 
october 2018 by dancall
Hopper raises $100M more for its AI-based travel app, now valued at $780M | TechCrunch
Hopper — a mobile-only travel booking app cofounded by a former Expedia executive in Montreal, Canada that uses artificial intelligence to help you search for and book hotels and flights — has gained a little elevation of its own today. The startup has raised another $100 million in funding, money that it plans to use to build out its AI algorithms and expand deeper into international markets. Hopper has now passed 30 million installs and 75 million trips planned, and says it’s on track to make nearly $1 billion in sales this year.

Sources very close to the company say Hopper’s valuation with this round is also flying: it’s now close to 1 billion Canadian dollars ($780 million in US dollars). As a point of comparison, Hopper was valued at US$300 million in its last round, in late 2016, and it has raised C$184 million (US$235 million) to date. Throughout that time, it’s been a consistent presence in the top-10 travel apps in the US, according to stats from App Annie.
widgets  ai  ti 
october 2018 by dancall
Scottish Legends Come To Life In The Highland AR Legends City Experience - VRScout
While every country develops their fair share of fables and legends, it seems as though Scotland has always remained near the top of the list in terms of unsolved mysteries, hard-to-believe tales, and bizarre creatures. Whether it be a half-man, half-wolf that leaves fish on the windowsills of poverty-stricken families, or a farmer-lead protest dubbed the “Ross-shire Sheep Riot,” there appears to be no shortage of fascinating stories when it comes to Scotland.
ti  augmented-reality  maps 
october 2018 by dancall
Selling an image – Contagious I/O
Now, if someone sees a photo of a place they’d like to visit, they can take a screenshot of it and then share it with or upload it to EasyJet’s app. The Look&Book feature uses image recognition to identify the location and match it to an EasyJet destination. It also identifies the nearest airport and enters that information into a booking form, saving users time.
ti  recognition 
october 2018 by dancall
Blockchain in Travel for Dummies: All you Need to Know – for Now
A blockchain is a decentralized ledger of facts or transactions, replicated across several computers assembled in a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. Using this technology, participants can confirm transactions without the need for a central certifying authority. Members of the network are anonymous (strictly spoken it is not anonymous but identified by pseudonyms) individuals called nodes. All communication inside the network takes advantage of cryptography to securely identify the sender and receiver.

When a node wants to add a fact to the ledger, a consensus forms in the network to determine if this fact should appear in the ledger as a valid block or orphan (which will eventually be abandoned). When a node wants to add a fact to the ledger, a consensus forms in the network to determine if this fact should appear in the ledger as part of a valid block. In case of two blocks being generated at the same time, a consensus also decides which block should become an orphan (which will eventually be abandoned). Aha – everything is clear now? Well, let’s stay with a decentralized record of all transactions across a P2P network, where members confirm transactions without the need of a trusted 3rd party.
blockchain  ti  how-to 
october 2018 by dancall
Alibaba to Launch New Service Robot for Hotels |
Alibaba A.I. Labs said this week it will introduce a robot designed specifically for the hospitality sector.
The announcement came during the Alibaba Cloud Computing Conference 2018. A.I. Labs leads development of Alibaba Group’s artificial intelligence consumer products.
alibaba  ai  robots  ti  hardware 
september 2018 by dancall
TripAdvisor tests social 'travel feed' that loops in publishers and influencers | Mobile Marketer
TripAdvisor plans to debut a new mobile experience later this year after previewing the updated app and website yesterday that emphasizes social connections and travel experiences. TripAdvisor is expanding its community beyond travelers who provide reviews of their experiences to include brands, social media influencers, publishers and friends, per a statement.
Condé Nast Traveler, Travel Channel, National Geographic, Pandora Music, PopSugar and The Knot are among the brands that TripAdvisor's users can follow. In addition, its members also can get insights from social media influencers like TV personality and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis and travel bloggers like TravelBabbo.
ti  content  social-networks 
september 2018 by dancall
Is it illegal to post fake TripAdvisor reviews?
A TripAdvisor fraudster, whose Italian company PromoSalento gave fake online reviews for cash, has been jailed for nine months in one of the first legal cases of its kind.
The criminal court of Lecce, Puglia, ruled that writing fake reviews using a false identity is criminal conduct under the Italian criminal law.

PromoSalento’s owner has been handed a nine-month prison sentence and told to pay thousands of pounds in costs and damages for selling fake review packages to hospitality businesses in Italy.
ti  ugc  legal 
september 2018 by dancall
KLM Airlines App Uses AR To Determine If Your Luggage Is Carry-On - VRScout
Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) is attempting to turn one of those annoying inconveniences into an avoidable situation via a new AR update to their app that will assist you in figuring out if your carry-on luggage can be tucked into the overhead bin on your flight, or if you’ll need to check your bags.
augmented-reality  ti  widgets 
september 2018 by dancall
The 21 Uncomfortable Truths That I Have Learned About the Travel Industry – Skift
1. That “travel is the world’s largest sector, let’s start acting like it” would be a rallying cry that the travel industry has never really thought of, and needed to hear.
2. That the rise of travel has happened despite whatever the industry does or will do.
3. That the industry will resist change as its default reaction and when it is forced to change — Airbnb, Uber — it will claim that somehow the travel industry enabled the rise of this change.
4. That travel startups are not an indicator of innovation in travel and, in fact, may be some of the worst examples of it. That small businesses that are either in travel or at the fringes of travel are the real innovators in many cases.
ti  trends  fail 
august 2018 by dancall
Beer tourism app launches crowdfunding campaign
Quirk added: “We now offer 85 cities on our app and have tours in China, India and Russia. We want to double the amount of cities we're in next year. I’m immensely proud that with very little marketing budget, we’ve generated over 8,000 check-ins on our app since launch. With a full marketing budget post-investment, we’re going to hugely increase this.

“We’ve some new features we’ll be adding to our app soon based on our user feedback but the major investments will be in building our sales and marketing teams. We want to create more tours, launch in more cities and get more people visiting great beer spots on holiday or when looking for a fun day out close to home.
alcohol  ti  new-companies 
august 2018 by dancall
New unicorn Klook raises $200M to expand its travel activities platform worldwide | TechCrunch
Klook sets out to make booking travel activities as easy as arranging flights and hotels. That could mean visits to adventure parks, scuba diving, more localized tours or basics such as train travel, food or airport transfers, all of which can be found, paid for and taken using Klook’s platform. The company claims to offer more than 50,000 activities and services from 5,000 partners in over 200 destinations across the world. The startup claims its platform is on track to gross $1 billion in bookings — which is not take home revenue — for this year.
ti  events  future  new-companies 
august 2018 by dancall
Lufthansa Airlines Uses VR To Give Flyers A Glass Bottom Airplane Experience - VRScout
Those are the words that Lufthansa airlines passengers will hear coming out of the PA system of the massive Airbus A330 as they travel from Frankfurt, Germany to Dubai on flight LH630.
It’s all part of Lufthansa’s VR Moving Map, an in-flight prototype experience that will make flyers feel as though they’re traveling on a glass bottom airplane. Passengers will be able to view real-time 3D renderings of the landscapes currently beneath them as they make their way from Deutschland to the City of Gold.
ti  vr 
august 2018 by dancall
Hidden Travel | Expedia - Less well known attractions in cities
Think you know Europe’s top cities? When travelling to Paris, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin or Amsterdam, make room for exploring the hidden side of these cities and, of course, tick off a few famous spots as you go.

From museums to secret bars, bustling markets to underground gems, we bring you the best of both worlds – famous and hidden.

Ready to explore? Flick the Hidden Travel button above.
ti  creative 
july 2018 by dancall
‘Zip Now London’ Attraction Combines VR With Zip Lining - VRScout
Zip Now London, a new zip wire attraction located in London, England, is offering riders the chance to strap into a VR headset and experience the longest zip line ride in the world, minus the 7-hour flight to Dubai.
vr  ti  ideas 
july 2018 by dancall
Transfer market – Contagious I/O
Solution / United Airlines and Mcgarrybowen in New York created a campaign that would change New Yorkers’ minds about Newark. The airline fitted 125 New York City taxis with digital displays that gave live comparisons of travel times to JFK and Newark. Mcgarrybowen worked with Verifone to create the technology, which was synced with taxi-hailing app Curb to give journey-time estimates based on the cars location and traffic. The campaign was supported with billboards, bus shelters, phone kiosks, newsstands, and in-airport units.
outdoor  ti  measurement  targeting  location  creative 
july 2018 by dancall
Snapchat brings AR to Disney, Universal, Six Flags | Mobile Marketer
Snapchat now offers geofenced Snapchat Lenses at Disney, Universal and Six Flags theme parks, letting visitors see augmented reality (AR) experiences on their smartphones, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
This summer marks the first time that Snapchat has created AR experiences for Six Flags parks, including the soon-to-open Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Visitors to 11 Six Flags parks can turn themselves into Superman or watch him make a daring rescue.
Snapchat users can decorate their selfies with Mickey and Minnie Mouse overlays at Disneyland, Disney World and other Disney parks worldwide. The yellow Minions from "Despicable Me" appear at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.
snapchat  location  augmented-reality  ti 
july 2018 by dancall
Snapchat Launches AR Experiences at Disneyland, Universal Studios | Hollywood Reporter
For the first time ever, Snapchat is launching AR experiences with all three major theme park operators, Disney, Universal and Six Flags.
The Minions are taking over Universal Studios theme parks this summer thanks to a new Snapchat augmented reality experience.
snapchat  ti  films  augmented-reality  trends  future  maps 
july 2018 by dancall
After Boosting Your Tinder Profile, Delta’s Selfie Wall Now Offers a Chance at Free Travel – Adweek
Delta’s Selfie Wall, which debuted in Williamsburg last year, was an engagement goldmine thanks to its clever concept of creating backdrops that would make you look like an international adventurer in your dating bio. “World travelers are more likely to be swiped right,” announced the wall, whose painted brick facades admittedly weren’t likely to fool anyone.
ti  celebrity  stunts  instagram  outdoor 
july 2018 by dancall
justin caffier on Twitter: "There’s a new security-guarded mural in LA that only allows influencers and verifieds to take pics in front of it.… "
There’s a new security-guarded mural in LA that only allows influencers and verifieds to take pics in front of it.
instagram  celebrity  fail  funny  ti 
june 2018 by dancall
Amazon's Alexa 'Checks In' To Marriott Hotels |
In an effort grow its presence in the hospitality space, Amazon has partnered with Marriott International to bring Alexa to the company’s hotels. The popular voice assistant will help guests with tasks, such as ordering room service or asking for housekeeping, without the need to pick up the phone, Reuters reported.

The partnership will kick off in the summer at certain Marriott properties. According to multiple reports, Marriott had experimented with both Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Though Marriott did not comment on Apple to Reuters, the hotel company noted that it has “great relationships with a number of technology companies and is always open to exploring opportunities to innovate and better the guest experience.”
amazon  echo  partnerships  ti  voice  ideas 
june 2018 by dancall
Amazon Alexa for Hospitality |
Amazon has announced Alexa for Hospitality, a new experience offered to hoteliers that brings the Alexa voice assistant to hotels, vacation rentals, and other hospitality locations.
Using the Amazon Echo in their room, guests can now ask Alexa for hotel information, contact the hotel to request guest services, play music in their room, order PPV TV content and more.
voice  ti  niche  echo  amazon 
june 2018 by dancall
Relative Insight Case Study - Holiday lettings
Basically - analysed language used in best and worst performing listings to see patterns (+ against competitors). Found that best listings focussed on beauty of surroundings and potential for relaxation. Re-wrote others, and improved results
ti  measurement  casestudies 
june 2018 by dancall
Hotel management platform Mews closes €6m Series A | TechCrunch
Thus it is that
Mews, the hotel property management platform, has closed a €6m Series A funding round. The round was led by Capital, with participation from HenQ and Thayer Ventures.

The funding will be used to accelerate the business and open new offices around the world to support its global customer base.

Mews’ platform automates check-ins and payments as also covering booking management and staff training. It’s designed to be an open platform allowing other tools and apps to connect through its API. So, think ‘Slack for hotels’, perhaps.
ti  future  technology 
june 2018 by dancall
Welcome - Startups 100 by Start up a successful business
Ultimately, the Startups 100 aims to do something that DCMN also does on a daily basis: to support the market leaders of tomorrow along their growth trajectory and acknowledge the disruptive ideas that will change the way we live and work for the better.
new-companies  trends  future  property  ti 
may 2018 by dancall
comScore Releases 2018 Snapshot of Online Behaviour Impacting the Travel Sector in Europe; Average Travel Spending-per-Buyer Increases Year-on-Year - comScore, Inc
comScore today announced it has published its 2018 “EU Travel Report,” which uses multi-platform data from five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) to highlight online trends impacting the travel sector, outlining key differences in consumers’ behavioural patterns.

The UK leads the pack with 94 percent of its digital population visiting travel sites – the highest proportion in Europe. In contrast, that figure is 65 percent in Germany. The numbers are 67 percent, 69 percent and 86 percent for France, Italy and Spain, respectively. Compared with desktop, fewer mobile apps have reached mass-market appeal, as defined by audiences with more than one million unique visitors: 12 mobile apps reached that threshold, while 51 desktop sites did so.
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may 2018 by dancall
Culture Trip raises $80 million to hyper-grow its travel content site | VentureBeat
Culture Trip, a regionally focused travel and cultural content portal, has raised a chunky $80 million in a series B round of funding led by PPF Group, with participation from a number of individual angel investors.
Founded in 2011, London-based Culture Trip’s goal is to “inspire people to explore the world’s culture and creativity.” To do this, the company offers a website and mobile app featuring words, photos, and videos from an in-house editorial team, in addition to hundreds of paid local contributors around the world.
ti  new-companies  ecommerce 
april 2018 by dancall
Bedroom community – Contagious I/O
Liran Wizman, the founder of Sir Hotels, said, ‘When opening each Sir Hotel, our aim was to become extremely connected with the local community through the diverse groups of people we met. I believe the atmosphere of a city is made up of the variety of people who inhabit it. Through Sir Explore we give these individuals a stage to express the city’s multiple layers, while enabling guests, as well as locals, to dive into the history, culture, community and neighbourhood.’
ti  new-companies  trends 
april 2018 by dancall
Alibaba Partners With Thailand on Digital Trade, Smart Tourism |
Alibaba Group on Thursday signed an agreement with the government of Thailand to build a smart digital trading hub in the country, while also working to develop its capabilities in e-commerce, digital logistics, tourism and training.

In the wide-ranging agreement, Alibaba said it would work with Thailand on everything from boosting efficiencies in trade to educating Thai entrepreneurs and SMEs in digital commerce. The partnership will give Thailand access to technologies and processes that can help advance its economy, while Alibaba gains a stronger foothold in an important market in Southeast Asia.
alibaba  cities  ti  partnerships  technology  ecommerce  payment 
april 2018 by dancall Hits Five Million Listings | announced Tuesday (April 10) that it has hit five million reported listings in homes, apartments and other unique places to stay.
In a press release, the company said that the number of reported listings within this category has grown 27 percent compared to the previous year, growing faster than traditional options, such as hotels, motels and resorts. The milestone of five million listings makes it the global leader, said the company, trumping Airbnb.
ti  stats  airbnb 
april 2018 by dancall
Cuckooz - design-led serviced apartments
Cuckooz is all about comfort.  A true home from home ensuring you don’t sacrifice your lifestyle for your business travel. We have curated a personal guide for each location, with suggestions for fun things to see, do, eat and drink. Each apartment comes with a fully-loaded tablet complete with video guides and the ability to order food to your door, book a taxi, extend your stay and more.  Apple TV and Netflix come as standard, alongside luxury Bamford bathroom amenities and fluffy gowns.
airbnb  ti  new-companies 
april 2018 by dancall
Wayonara, travels worth sharing
Travel company raising money on Crowdcube - basically like Pinterest, but with travel booking
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march 2018 by dancall
Facebook’s New Tool Allows Travel Brands to Shape Vacationers’ Plans From the Start – Adweek
Travel advertisers on Facebook no longer have to wait until vacationers have chosen a destination to begin the courtship process, as the social network introduced new ad product trip consideration, which enables brands to target users before they have even started planning their journeys.

“Trip Consideration”—a separate product from Facebook’s dynamic ads for travel—supports the social network’s existing targeting options and works across Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Audience Network.

Facebook head of travel Christine Warner said that according to the social network’s research, an average of 43 days pass between the decision to travel and the decision on where to go. She added that people are spending more time travel-planning on their mobile devices and demanding personalization, saying, “From inspiration to booking, mobile has become more important.”
facebook  ai  targeting  ti 
march 2018 by dancall
Coliving & Coworking | Roam
We'll make sure that when you live with us, you'll always have a strong and battle-tested connection to whatever you need to accomplish, even if it's on the other side of the planet. - via Olivia
airbnb  new-companies  ti  futureofwork 
march 2018 by dancall
Here’s drone footage of what Disney’s Star Wars Land looks like right now | TechCrunch
This just-released drone video, meanwhile, gives a much more satisfying view into the current state of the construction. It’s still largely scaffolding and foundation work at this point, but it gives you a wild sense of just how friggin’ big this park is going to be.
ti  starwars  kids 
march 2018 by dancall
Adventure Tours and Holidays | Wild Frontiers Travel
We specialise in stylish and original small group tours and tailor-made holidays worldwide.
We have drawn on our extensive knowledge and local expertise to create authentic, extraordinary travel experiences in some of the world’s most captivating destinations.
ti  luxury  olderpeople  new-companies 
february 2018 by dancall
Butterfield & Robinson | Luxury Biking and Walking Trips
It's been 50 years since we made a conscious decision, on the back of a cocktail napkin, to encourage people to "slow down to see the world." Ever since, Butterfield & Robinson has been leading trips that amble where others stride, linger where others inhale, bike where others motor and sip where others quaff. In the words of Gypsy Rose Lee, a woman who, if nothing else, knew the value of doing things very, very slowly: "Anything worth doing well is worth doing slowly."
new-companies  luxury  olderpeople  ti 
february 2018 by dancall
Chinese Tourists Are Taking Over the Earth, One Selfie at a Time - Bloomberg
Quinby says China is leading the world in many mobile innovations and applications. At the head of the pack is International Ltd., based in Shanghai. Ctrip is China’s dominant online travel-booking platform and second in the world by market value to U.S. service Priceline Group Inc., which is also a major investor. The database of information it has compiled on Chinese travelers is long and detailed.
apac  ti  trends 
february 2018 by dancall
9 Things Businesses Need to Know About Chinese Tourists |
The allocation of Chinese consumers’ travel budgets to accommodation, food and entertainment has climbed 50 percent over the past three years, the Financial Times discovered. So Chinese tourists seem less concerned about budget travel.

In fact, as a part of an overall push for a better quality of life, they’re increasingly seeking out experiences over traditional tourism itineraries. So much so that this year, China overtook Australia as second-largest source of travelers to Antarctica. (The U.S. is number one.) Fliggy says dining and uniquely local things-to-do are among the most popular experiences sought out by Chinese travelers.
apac  ti  payment  future  retail 
february 2018 by dancall
Air New Zealand lures travelers with an #EmojiJourney | Mobile Marketer
Air New Zealand, the world’s best airline as measured by, debuted a social media campaign that creates customized travel itineraries based on emoji characters, per The Drum. Mobile users are asked to use the digital icons to describe the ideal trip to the country along with the hashtag #EmojiJourney on Facebook or Twitter. The airline then sends a link to a personalized map with emojis highlighting points of interest.

Clicking on each of the emojis on the map provides more information about destinations and nearby activities, such as restaurants and bars, shopping, art and culture, adventures and outdoor activities, per a company statement. Air New Zealand's #EmojiJourney experience is found on the airline's social channels.
emoji  maps  ti  twitter  creative 
february 2018 by dancall
Red Roof debuts Alexa skill for travel planning | Mobile Marketer
Red Roof, the hotel chain with more than 500 properties in the U.S., introduced a skill for Amazon Alexa that lets people ask questions about making travel plans, including "can I bring my dog?" or "do you have any deals?," according to a press release by the company.
The hotel company plans to add travel booking to its Alexa skill in the future and will add additional information based on the upcoming response from consumers, per the release. The Red Roof skill is available for free from the Skills hub in the Amazon Alexa app.
ti  voice  echo  widgets  content 
february 2018 by dancall
Airbnb is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelers | TechCrunch
The new Airbnb Plus tier has homes that are verified for “quality and comfort,” rolling out with around 2,000 homes to start that have been inspected against a thorough checklist. The Luxury tier, called Beyond by Airbnb, is built around whole trips including hospitality, custom experience and — of course — higher-end homes. Each appears to be targeting verticals within the travel space that make sense based on the typical hospitality industry, but weren’t specifically singled out on Airbnb.
airbnb  luxury  niche  ti  trends  future 
february 2018 by dancall
Coming soon: Blockchain version of AirBnB (with no middleman / no commission)
Why not? It’s all about smart contracts.
Beenest simply charges 0% commissions to hosts and guests utilizing BEE (token), thanks to smart contracts automating transactions that bypass commission-based platforms, financial institutions, and currency denominations.
ti  new-companies  blockchain 
february 2018 by dancall
A new study of Airbnb paints an ugly picture of the company’s impact on New York City housing | TechCrunch
The new study, conducted by McGill Urban Planning professor David Wachsmuth, offers some pretty striking data points. While its analyses were conducted independently, the study itself was commissioned by the Hotel Trades Council and the AFL-CIO, two entities with a vested interest in keeping hotel business booming, so bear that in mind.

For starters, the study estimates that Airbnb has driven up long-term rental prices by 1.4 percent, or $384 per year, for the median New York City renter. The research suggests that both restricted availability in the long-term rental market and increased financial incentives in the short-term rental market account for this increase.
airbnb  ti  fail  stats  cities 
february 2018 by dancall
Finland First to Offer All-Alipay Travel to Chinese Tourists |
Finland has become the first country to offer Chinese tourists a fully cashless experience during their visit by adopting Alipay, the mobile-payments and lifestyle platform owned by Ant Financial said Friday.

Instead of dealing with credit cards or trips to an ATM, Chinese consumers can now navigate their entire vacation to the Scandinavian country simply by using their smartphone.

“The cashless experience is already ubiquitous in China,” said Sikander Hauser, Alipay’s head of strategic development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “What we’re now looking at is bringing that abroad to Europe and other regions, so Chinese consumers can travel with just their mobile phone, just as they do at home in China.”
apac  payment  trends  ti  alibaba 
february 2018 by dancall
KOMPAS was created to showcase the culture that runs through a city’s streets, helping you steer clear of the same everyday places. We highlight the local & independent places in the city. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, or an unusual setting to test out your new-found love for photography, we’ve got your back.

We began by building the technology that would later personalise recommendations based on the data provided. With the use of machine learning, we’re able to learn about what you like to do, before presenting you with unique, personal, and relevant places based on your personality. We aim for no more searching for where to go online and no more having to rely on poor recommendations from friends and family.
new-companies  ti  location  widgets 
january 2018 by dancall
London startup CityStasher raises $1.1M for its ‘Airbnb for luggage’ | TechCrunch
London-based CityStasher is building what it calls an ‘Airbnb for luggage’, a network of brick and mortar businesses across Europe that will store your luggage for a few hours after you have checked out or are waiting to check into your travel accommodation.

To help with this mission, CityStasher has raised $1.1 million in seed funding in a round led by Venture Friends, with participation from Howzat Partners, Charlotte Street Capital, and various angel investors. One of those is Big Yellow Storage CEO James Gibson, who was also an earlier backer of the startup.
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january 2018 by dancall
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