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November 18th, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - November 18th, 2015




Free travel in Europe could be casualty of the Paris attacks Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Border check-free travel is a bedrock principle of the European Union. But evidence that Paris attackers crossed borders could change that. Along with the rising death toll — which climbed to at least 129 in Nov. 13's terrorist attacks in Paris — critics of Europe's security policies were keeping another tally on Nov. 14: How many of the E.U.'s internal borders did the attackers cross on their way to the massacre?  READ MORE


Airbnb test tour packages Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel Weekly
Airbnb is exploring the addition of packaged tours, as the accommodations-listing service started a pilot program recently, The Next Web reported. The Next Web said that Airbnb is offering three- to five-day trips to San Francisco that include accommodations, meals, excursions and transportation via the Lyft ride-hailing service. Invitations to the program, dubbed "Journeys," were sent out to some Airbnb users who had searched for San Francisco accommodations but hadn’t booked their stays. Airbnb is charging a flat fee for its "handcrafted trips," according to The Next Web.  READ MORE

Are you looking for the top notch Cannabis Tours? Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Look no further and book with the company who pioneered cannabis tourism since 2013! My 420 Tours of Colorado will take you on an insiders experience like no other marijuana tourism company can provide. Your marijuana tour begins at a popular downtown Denver 420 friendly hotel and transports you on a luxury limo bus that is 420 friendly! The weed trip of your lifetime includes VIP access at Denver's top retail marijuana dispensaries, with great discounts, giveaways and a fully guided buying experience. READ MORE

Want to get high abroad? There's a travel guide for that! Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
GlobalPost via USA Today
For the out-of-towner seeking tips on dining, accommodation, night-life and local attractions, there is no shortage of online resources. Less well-served is the traveler seeking, you know, something else. A little bud, maybe. Some pot. 420. Marijuana, if you will. Filling this niche is WeBeHigh.org, an online guide for those seeking to score and smoke up virtually anywhere in the world.  READ MORE

The untold story of Booking.com's growth in 21 million rooms Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feeling the heat because of all the buzz about Airbnb's global growth trajectory with its more than 2 million listings, Booking.com for the first time has released its own room tallies: 21 million bookable rooms. Until now, Booking.com merely reported its number of properties, currently 824,231, and not the number of bookable rooms. The company hadn't talked much about apartment and condo rentals but Skift pointed out last month that Airbnb Needs to Watch Out for Booking.com's Apartment Ambitions.  READ MORE

What's the difference between a travel ban, alert and warning? Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
USA Today
Deciphering the difference between the FAA's outright travel bans, and the U.S. Department of State's international travel alerts and warnings can be confusing. The State Department currently lists 47 different countries as either under a travel alert or a travel warning. Travel alerts are issued around short-term events like last year's Ebola crisis in parts of Africa or a tense political situation that may potential turn to protests or violence.  READ MORE

A Skreemr jet that could fly you from NYC to London in 30 minutes Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel + Leisure
The entire idea of an airplane that could get you from New York City to London in 30 minutes is pretty Sci-Fi, but it does exist. Skreemr — a supersonic scram jet that travels at 10 times the speed of sound — is currently kept to the confines of military use and testing, but imagine the opportunities this would bring to commercial travel. Booking an entire day for travel would be a thing of the past (Meaning: More vacation time for you!).  READ MORE

Details leak on a new American airlines loyalty program Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Frequent flyers have been dreading an update to AAdvantage, American Airlines' loyalty program for months. According to leaks from a member of the Traveling Better forum, AA staff are in the process of getting trained on a new loyalty program set for rollout early next year. Details of the program have not been confirmed by the airline yet, but according to the forum, the biggest changes to the program have to do with the way that passengers will earn redeemable miles.  READ MORE

Expedia adds 'sharing' travel with purchase of HomeAway for $3.9B Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Reuters via NBC News
Expedia Inc. said it agreed to buy vacation rental site HomeAway Inc. for about $3.9 billion in cash and stock, in a move that could ramp up competition with apartment-sharing startup Airbnb. Expedia, the world's largest online travel agency by bookings, said it expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2016 subject to regulatory approval. It expects the takeover will hurt its earnings per share next year but boost results in the long run.  READ MORE


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