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December 2nd, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - December 2nd, 2015




34 countries. 365 days. $75,000 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel + Leisure
Taking a year off to travel the world isn't as tough as it sounds — if you've got $75,000 burning a hole in your pocket and 365 work-free days to spare. Intrepid Travel, a trip-planning service focused on adventure travel, is offering a year-long tour through 34 countries, starting with Bangkok and ending in Buenos Aires. They've got a number of long-haul trips featured on the website.  READ MORE

Winter escapes: Where to go to snub the snow Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel Newsletter
The Travel-Intel weekly newsletter has compiled info on some great packages to escape those winter blues.  READ MORE

EU to revise travel ban rules Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Wall Street Journal
The European Union will revise its rules on travel bans, making it mandatory for member states to share the names of people denied entry and wanted felons, so that they don't slip unnoticed into another EU country. The planned changes, which were in the works but have been accelerated in reaction to the Paris attacks, would make it mandatory to share information on such people.  READ MORE

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Hipmunk launches AI travel planning assistant, 'Hello Hipmunk' Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Hey, it's Mom. Have you booked your flight for Christmas?" It's an email we've all received in one form or another, one which essentially turns travel planning into a dreaded to-do list. People consistently say, "I still have to book this flight;" almost no one looks forward to starting a travel search. This is the dilemma Alex Quintana, Hipmunk's senior product manager, set out to solve.  READ MORE

Airbnb emphasizes its host community to make sleeping with strangers less weird Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the annual Airbnb Open 2015 conference in Paris, there was a clear shift toward a greater emphasis on the host community as the primary value proposition for the brand. In the past, much of the discussion around Airbnb's unique selling points has focused on the room sharing model's affordable price point and direct access to local neighborhoods.  READ MORE

Enter SFO's #Nonstop Air India Trivia Contest Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

On Dec. 2, 2015, Air India begins nonstop service between San Francisco and Delhi, India with convenient connections to 68 destinations throughout India and 38 international destinations across 4 continents. Just answer 5 questions correctly and you'll be entered for a chance to win a trip to Delhi, India! The contest runs Nov. 25, 2015 through Dec. 11, 2015.  READ MORE

Make travel meaningful: 5 easy ways to give back Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
G Adventures
As travelers, we seek experiences that enrich our lives and challenge us so we return home feeling transformed. The places we've visited are no longer faraway dots on a map, but are instead filled with memories of the faces of people we've met on our trip. What if there was a way to travel and make deliberate decisions that would not only help to change our own lives, but also the lives of the people in those places?  READ MORE

Detour app shows the promises and challenges of geo-location travel tech Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Developed by Groupon founder Andrew Mason, Detour is an audio walking tour app that uses geo-location technology to immerse users more immediately in the rhythm of a neighborhood. Less than a year old, Detour launched a 2.0 iteration today with a new user interface, a smarter back-end, and a new business model. Although, there's still questions about the mainstream adoption potential of travel apps like Detour.  READ MORE

Why the industry needs to withdraw from orphanage tourism Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
Child protection is an issue which is not going to go away — the industry cannot turn a blind eye to it. The challenge for the industry is much broader than paedophilia and sexual exploitation. The challenge of child protection is broad, ranging across neglect, abuse, trafficking and exploitation through child labour, begging and sexual exploitation.  READ MORE

Travel industry group pushes back on congressional calls to restrict Visa Waiver Program Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
FOX News
As members of Congress explore new legislation that would limit the country's current Visa Waiver Program, the travel industry is working furiously to push back on any bills they say could restrict millions of travelers coming to the U.S. and have a major economic impact on business and leisure travel. The Visa Waiver Program, or VWP, was established in established in 1986 and currently allows about 20 million travelers into the country annually that would otherwise have to secure a visa. Countries include France, Japan, the U.K, and 35 other nations.  READ MORE

Is a 30-brand Marriott/Starwood viable? Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel Weekly
More bottom-line dollars. Bigger leverage against OTAs. Fewer brands. Those were the advantages that analysts said they saw in Marriott International's acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12.2 billion, creating by far the world's largest hotel company. While questions remain about how travel professionals and nearly 75 million combined loyalty members will be affected, few people with an eye on the hotel industry expected all of Marriott's 19 brands and Starwood’s 11 to survive in the long term.  READ MORE


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