Sightseeing News & Views
January 27th, 2016

Sightseeing News & Views - January 27th, 2016

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Dream packages for romance and adventure Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel
Private New Zealand Adventure, Explore North Pole on Nuclear Icebreaker, Silk Road by Private Train, Russian Space Tour, Private Africa Safari & two for the Bahamas, just in time for that Valentine's Day week-end, plus Waikiki escape and Easter at the Palazzo Margherita: A Coppola Retreat and play at Pebble Beach in California.  READ MORE


Too close for comfort? Theme park in China offers wild animal feeding tours Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Asia One
A theme park in Chongqing, China has created a sightseeing bus for tourists to feed wild animals. It does not sound very novel — until the animals latch onto the cage of the bus with their paws, just inches away from the passengers. Tourists will be able to feed meat or live chicken to the lions and tigers, and even give apples to bears.  READ MORE


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The 50 most Instagrammed places in the US Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travelzoo
It's the age-old (or rather half-decade-old) question: Did it really happen if it's not posted on Instagram? Selfies aside, the app also serves as one of the best travel tools around. We loved this list of the 50 most frequently Instagrammed spots in each states on TIME. We paired fun facts, tips and travel deals to help you cross them off your bucket lists.  READ MORE


Travel agencies launch messaging apps with live agents Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Business Insider
Travel agencies and start-ups are focusing on building up messaging apps and services that allow customers to chat with live agents, reports Skift. Online bookings have diminished the need for travel agents by allowing travelers to research across multiple sites and bookings for the best deals. But some online customers still prefer the personal touch of live help.  READ MORE


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Mall of America: Always new Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Since opening its doors in 1992, Mall of America® has revolutionized the shopping experience and become a leader in retail, entertainment and attractions. Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country welcoming over 35 million visitors annually. In addition to over 520 stores, Mall of America hosts multiple attractions such as Nickelodeon Universe®, SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium and the Universe of Light nightly light show.  READ MORE

Hotels embrace mobile messaging and more Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift
Mobile messaging is "hot" with travel marketers. But nobody seems to have cracked the code on a killer use case just yet. As consumers spend more time in apps like Facebook Messenger and WeChat, more travel marketers (like travel agents) are testing ways to engage customers and deliver services using such applications. Now it appears the hotel industry is taking notice. How are hoteliers using these apps to bolster guest services?  READ MORE


   TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Travel tech 2016: The newest game-changing gadgets really could revolutionize how we travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CNN
For years, travelers have been promised a Jetsons-like future, one complete with driverless vehicles, robotic personal assistants and streamlined service fueled by artificial intelligence. Sometimes, that vision can feel frustratingly remote (particularly when one's squashed in an economy class seat). However, some of the innovations unveiled this month at CES 2016, a mammoth technology trade show in Las Vegas, really could revolutionize how we travel. Here's what's in store for the next five years.  READ MORE

How IoT (Internet of Things) is transforming travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
eMarketer
Whether it's monitoring the performance of airline engines, enabling keyless entry to hotel rooms or helping tourists find their way around Disney World, the internet of things (I.o.T.) is creating exciting opportunities for the travel and hospitality industry. By connecting smart devices, systems, processes and people in new ways, it is streamlining the back-end operations of airlines, hotels, resorts, cruise lines and rental car fleets.  READ MORE

In the future we might be able to travel via 700 MPH Hyperloop pad Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mental Floss
In just a few years, we might be traveling around California in 700 miles per hour hyperloop pods, if a company called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has its way. The Los Angeles-based startup has filed for permits to start constructing a hyperloop test track in California's Quay Valley. Their goal: To develop the technology and plans required for a high speed hyperloop system by 2018.  READ MORE

Expedia finds out how Americans fly differently than travelers worldwide Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
Expedia.com, one of the world's largest full service online travel sites1, recently released the results of the Expedia Passenger Preferences Index, a worldwide study that examines the preferences and behaviors of fliers around the world. The study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm.  READ MORE

Zika virus outbreak promotes CDC to expand travel advisories Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gizmodo
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking pregnant women to avoid 22 countries that have seen outbreaks of the Zika virus. That's up eight from just yesterday. Disturbingly, the mosquito-borne virus, which may be causing abnormally small heads in newborns, has also been linked to yet another debilitating disease.  READ MORE


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