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December 30th, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - December 30th, 2015



As 2015 comes to a close, SIGHTSEE would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Sightseeing News & Views a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 13.

1. Airlines have another bright idea about economy seating Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
From Aug. 5: As airlines strive to increase profits, the latest seating design is a result of Solomon Asch's classic elevator experiment caught on the 1960s television show "Candid Camera." It marks the latest in a series of seating plans that seek to let planes carry more people.  READ MORE

2. The new 'must have' travel jacket that's catching everyone's attention Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 16: Air travel is miserable. Aside from all the hassles of getting on the plane, once you're in your cramped little seat it becomes difficult to do anything but sit upright, elbows tucked, and wait for the journey to be over. In testament to what a nightmare it is, a Kickstarter campaign for a "travel jacket" designed to make flying more comfortable has become the crowd-funding site's most successful clothing campaign ever.  READ MORE

3. Why Americans just won't take time off Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From May 20: Many people don't use up their vacation days. Here's how it is costing workers — and businesses. One editor at a weekly magazine admits that he skimps on vacation. In more than two decades, he says he has only used all of his annual vacation days twice – the years his child was born and when he was promoting his book.  READ MORE

4. Meet Poppi, the airline that wants to fix everything awful about air travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Digital Trends
From Oct. 21: Airlines are constantly reinventing themselves, but new paint jobs, logos, and ever-more perks for the 1 percent up front don't address the headaches of air travel. What if there was a startup airline, modeled after the likes of Uber and Airbnb, that truly disrupts the status quo of flying? There is, and it's called Poppi.  READ MORE

5. Amazon abruptly shuts its hotels business after stilted efforts to compete Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 21: Amazon, which in April moved beyond selling deeply discounted hotel rooms into a more well-rounded hotel-booking business, abruptly shut down its Amazon Destinations service entirely with no warning. A notice on the site states: "Effective Oct. 13, Amazon Destinations stopped selling reservations on travel.amazon.com and the Amazon Local app. If you have a reservation, your reservation is valid and will be honored by the hotel. No action is required on your part."  READ MORE

6. Google accelerates moves to become leading hotel booking player Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 7: When the U.S. Department of Justice decided a week ago not to stand in the way of Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide, the DOJ cited Google's hotel and flight products as a sign that new players are emerging to ensure a competitive market. Right on cue, Google announced a series of moves recently to ramp up its hotel advertising and booking features.  READ MORE

7. Rules for packing gun for air travel outlined Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Journal Gazette
From Nov. 4: In 2014, a total of 2,212 people tried to carry handguns onto commercial airplanes in the U.S. One of those incidents happened in Fort Wayne. In 2015, though even more people have tried to board planes with guns and it's happened five times in Fort Wayne. And about 90 percent of the time, the guns are loaded. With more people flying and more people trying to fly with guns, the Transportation Safety Administration reminds people that it's illegal to carry guns onto airplanes. If you want to pack a gun in your check-in luggage.  READ MORE

8. Antarctica and back in a day? Yep, you can Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 14: "When you go back to work on Monday and people ask, 'What did you do for the weekend?' you can answer, 'Oh, I just went down to Antarctica.'" That's how Phil Asker describes what may be the coolest day tour in the world — a 12-hour trip to the South Magnetic Pole.  READ MORE

9. $100,000 cruise nearly sells out in a day Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
From Aug. 19: Within hours of the announcement of an epic, around-the-world sailing cruise, nearly three quarters of cabin were booked despite a price tag in excess of $100,000 per couple. Luxury line Regent Seven Seas announced 128-day sailing on the 490-passenger, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator to kick off Jan. 5, 2017.  READ MORE

10. 1 of the most thrilling rail journeys in the world Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
From July 15: Ecuador is perhaps best known for the Galápagos Islands, surf beaches, breathtaking avenue of active volcanoes, ancient Inca ruins, largely untouched traditional indigenous villages, the Amazon jungle and Tren Crucero — one of the world’s great rail trips. Lonely Planet has billed the Tren Crucero as one of the world’s five "unmissable rail journeys."  READ MORE

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