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March 9th, 2016

Sightseeing News & Views - March 9th, 2016




6 travel technology trends to look out for in 2016 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Luxury Travel Blog
If 2015 was any example of how the market is changing both technologically, operationally as well as philosophically, then 2016 should be an incredibly interesting year. Here are some thoughts from Greg Abbott, a Partner at DataArt, a leading the travel and hospitality practice which he formed in 2010, regarding the year ahead.  READ MORE

Concorde is back — NASA joins race to bring back supersonic air travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Daily Star
The chance to fly across the globe at supersonic speeds could be returning sooner than you think. Airline maker Airbus has already revealed its plans for a new super fast passenger jet called AS2. Now NASA is joining the race to bring back Concorde-style travel. The U.S. space agency has just announced its plans for a new supersonic jet.  READ MORE

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Netflix will pay you $2,000/week to travel and take Instagram pictures Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you've dreamed of traveling and getting paid for it, Netflix has the perfect job for you! And yes, it's an actual job. Netflix is teaming up with Instagram to hire what they call "Grammasters" who will travel Europe and the Middle East to photograph the sets of popular Netflix Original shows and movies. It's not a full-time job with salary and benefits, but the company will pay you $4,000 for the two-week gig.  READ MORE

Alaska Railroad in the travel spotlight! Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The Alaska Railroad provides year-round rail transportation throughout Southcentral and Interior Alaska, traversing almost 500 miles of remote and wild landscapes and safely bringing more than 500,000 passengers to Railbelt destinations each year. Passengers may travel not only to many Alaskan towns and cities, but also to remote areas off the road system, and public land treasures including the Chugach National Forest and Denali National Park. Rich in frontier spirit and local knowledge, the Alaska Railroad is an enduring Alaska icon, offering an exceptional way to travel and see Alaska.  READ MORE

How service design helps travel brands woo seemingly irrational customers Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Service design consultancies use design theory to find out what delights and frustrates your customers and then designs ways to map your customer's journeys, create or improve products, and enhance your guests' experiences. A case in point: Last year, a Finnish grocery story, Alepa, began taking online orders from travelers returning home by plane and made their groceries ready for pickup at a kiosk at Helsinki Airport.  READ MORE

How to get compensated — generously — for delayed flights and dirty hotel rooms Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel + Leisure
If you’ve ever tried to navigate the red tape of airline complaints (say, tried to get reimbursement for lost luggage) then you know how excruciating and hopeless that process can be. But what if you could hire someone else to fight your good fight ... for free? That's the promise behind Service, a new app that deals with — you guessed it! — your customer service battles.  READ MORE


8 common tech mistakes you're definitely making when you travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brit + Co
When planning a trip to an exotic locale for, say, Spring Break (yes, even if you’re a full-time working adult), you often spend a lot of time planning the sights, what you're going to wear and where you're going to dine — the fun stuff. What's less fun to think about is all the tedious steps you have to take before you travel.  READ MORE

Hyatt launches the global Unbound Collection Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Commercial Property Executive
Hyatt Hotels recently announced the launch of its new global brand, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, which will be represented by new and existing upper-upscale flagship hotels and luxury properties around the world. Backing the new collection with the Hyatt name and its customer loyalty program, the hospitality giant is looking to cater to its high-end, high-value guests by providing service and amenities to match the iconic locations.  READ MORE

Ellen Page's 'Gaycation' travel show isn't all R&R Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
USA Today
Actress Ellen Page's new travel series, Gaycation, is both night-on-the-town fun and deadly serious. The show, which premiered on the new Viceland cable network (formerly H2) March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, featured the Juno and Freeheld star and her best friend, Ian Daniel, traveling near and far to explore LGBT culture.  READ MORE

10 tips to travel safely though Latin America Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Huffington Post
Latin America still has a bad reputation when it comes to safety whilst traveling. As much as one still needs to practice caution, it is much safer than even 10 years ago and remains a bucket list item for many travelers. Here is a list of 10 tips to best minimize dangers and enjoy this unique part of the world.  READ MORE

US airlines vie for Cuban route permit, approval awaited Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After the U.S. signed an aviation deal with Cuba allowing 110 scheduled flights on a daily basis to the island, almost every airline in the U.S. applied to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for the new routes schedule to Cuba. The last date for application was set at March 2. The U.S. DOT will review the proposals before announcing its final verdict on March 21.  READ MORE


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