Sightseeing News & Views
October 7th, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - October 7th, 2015

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Google accelerates moves to become leading hotel booking player Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift
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

Space voyages? Underwater hotels? Survey reveals top travel predictions 2030 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TODAY
The future often often seems so far off and fantastical. Yet with technological advances, we're already seeing the arrival of self-driving vehicles (and flying cars!), 3-D organ printing and even "Back to the Future II" — like hoverboards. Not to mention things we take for granted, like the ubiquitous iPhone, introduced eight years ago, that has upended the mobile-phone industry — and now comes equipped with "3-D touch" in its latest models.  READ MORE


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Have you reached the peak of your social media ladder yet? Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Your company's social network is increasingly a crucial factor for travelers before making a booking decision. And, because of the increased complexity of Social Media, ever more time consuming and expensive to manage. Ladderr provides businesses of all sizes, a complete management toolbox designed to maximize your social media outreach and implementation of customer engagement all on the same dashboard.  READ MORE

The best and worst travel adverts of all time revealed Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Daily Mail
These cringeworthy TV adverts are proof that travel companies can leave a lasting impression for all the wrong reasons when they try to win over holidaymakers. In a medium where every second is crucial, it seems there are a dozen misses for every hit advert, but it’s the worst ones that tend to be the most memorable. Some are just plain awful and widely ridiculed on social media, while others fail to captivate an audience and fall flat. These are some of the best and worst travel adverts of all time.  READ MORE

Your travel apps are putting you at risk of security breaches. Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
USA TODAY
The top travel apps for Android and iOS are riddled with flaws that could leave your data exposed, according to a new report out recently from mobile security startup Bluebox Security. Bluebox conducted comprehensive research on the top-ranked travel apps, testing them on about a dozen security factors from encryption to anti-tamper controls, as well as whether the code was developed in-house. The result?  READ MORE



You will soon be able to travel in a Star Wars-themed aircraft Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TIME
ANA, Japan's largest airline, announced recently that two new Star Wars-themed aircraft will join the previously unveiled R2-D2 ANA Jet. The BB-8 ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER, will feature the image of BB-8, a new character from the franchise's forthcoming installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while the The Star Wars ANA Jet will feature both BB-8 and R2-D2 on a Boeing 767-300.  READ MORE

The best place to travel every month of the year Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Business Insider
Visiting a destination during peak travel season can mean massive crowds and overpriced hotels, which is why it's often best to travel during the off-season. We teamed up with Kayak to find the best international destination to visit each month of the year. Kayak calculated the median monthly airfare and median hotel rates for four-star properties in multiple destinations around the world.  READ MORE

Could this NCL cruise vacation have been saved? Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel Magazine
Does this sound familiar? A recent posting on Cruise Critic about an NCL cruise from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg went something like this: Is all the staff outsourced? After our 20-hour trip to Copenhagen to board the ship we found our stateroom dirty and disgusting.  READ MORE

Halloween haunts: Going for the ghost adventures Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel Newsletter
They say you will know it when you have walked through a ghost. Your hair stands up on end; you suddenly feel a chill and it will happen so suddenly and imperceptibly you may not even notice a spirit is near. AmericaHaunts.com offers access and information on more than 30 scare attractions across the country for those looking for Vampire and Zombie productions.  READ MORE


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Go Pro is shifting the way we view travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift and Travel Channel
In the era of user-generated travel content, GoPro reigns king. The video gadget company, started as a way to capture first-person surfing videos, has become synonymous with travel, adventure and extreme sports. It’s given destinations a budget-friendly way to create social buzz and has empowered average travelers to shoot their own adventures from unique perspectives.  READ MORE


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