Sightseeing News & Views
October 21st, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - October 21st, 2015

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Amazon abruptly shuts its hotels business after stilted efforts to compete Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift
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

Meet Poppi, the airline that wants to fix everything awful about air travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Digital Trends
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



Japan architecture tours in the spotlight Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Emphasis on good design and attention to detail is pervasive in Japanese culture. Japan Architecture Tours offer the perfect way to experience aspects of Japanese culture from an unusual and exciting perspective. A Zen temple rock garden, a futuristic gallery, a tea ceremony, an ancient shrine — even a plate of Sushi all have something in common, they are all saturated with a culture-wide attention to the good, the true and the beautiful and of course, quintessentially Japanese. READ MORE


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Disney is looking at surge pricing to better control crowds Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift
Disney is considering charging different prices depending on what day of the week and what time of year guests visit its theme parks in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The pricing move is an attempt to thin crowds during summer weekends and holidays including Thanksgiving and winter break between Christmas and Jan. 1. As of Oct. 4, new annual passes at Disneyland are separating guests into three classes depending on available dates, ranging from a $1,049 ticket with no blackouts to a $599 one that won’t work on weekends in the summer or popular holidays.  READ MORE

Going for the food? New travel guides aim to please and feed Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ABC News
Just eat. Two words that encapsulate Anthony Bourdain's approach to travel and appreciation of other cultures. Want a better understanding of the people and places you visit? Find something to shove in your mouth; it will be time better spent than studying traditional guidebooks. For the host of CNN's "Parts Unknown," it's a philosophy. It's a career.  READ MORE



Credit card travel points, savings in the spotlight Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel Newsletter
Although airlines are adjusting the bar on points and rewards, making this coveted currency ever more difficult to earn and harder and harder to dispense, there is still a jockeying among credit cards companies to attract spend-happy travelers and have them believe that points are, indeed, mounting in the bank.  READ MORE


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Pinterest wants to be your discovery engine for travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fast Company
If you often find yourself trapped in your cubicle, pinning exotic locales to your Pinterest travel board and planning lofty getaways, here's an update that might appeal to your inner globetrotter: Pinterest is upgrading its Place Pins feature, opening up location data to a total of 7 billion Pins. Two years ago, Pinterest introduced Place Pins, in an effort to tap into the vast travel-planning market; the social network found that its users were increasingly using Pinterest to create boards devoted to their jet-setting aspirations and vacation plans.  READ MORE

Traveling with a pet? Here's what you need to know Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel + Leisure
Planning a trip can be stressful — especially when you're bringing your pet. Not all airlines allow passengers to bring a pet on board, and the ones that do often have very specific guidelines. Some airlines allow dogs, but not cats; others are also cool with rabbits, hamsters, and small birds. (Ferret owners: Aegean Airlines has got your back.) Not only are airlines particular about which types of pets they allow on board, they also have different rules about the pet's breed, size, weight, age and health.  READ MORE

43 walking tours we love around the world Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel + Leisure
There's no better way to explore a new city than on foot, where you can take in the sights, sounds, scents, and scenery first-hand. As avid pedestrians, we've collected our favorite walking tours in some of the most-visited cities around the globe. Whether you want the focus to be on history, art, food, or culture, we've got the tour for you.  READ MORE

Celebrating the health, wealth of wellness travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel Newsletter
Wellness travel is healthier than ever according to travel agents and the latest SpaFinder Wellness 365 survey. The association's eighth annual report shows consumers are willing to pay a premium for healthier experiences. And to that end, Asia is ranked at the fastest-growing destination for wellness travel. Spafinder's Wellness 365 yearly State of Wellness Travel Report, noted that the highest percentage of travel agents in the survey's eight-year history expect growth in wellness travel for the current year (2015).  READ MORE


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