A couple years ago, when we were exploring southern France, we stayed in country houses. They were absolutely lovely places, but first, we had to find them. Of course, we had addresses of the houses and had pinned the locations on the smartphone map. It didn’t help. The countryside houses were impossible to find using the address alone. Minor roads didn’t have signs, houses didn’t have numbers, maps didn’t show roads correctly. Only a phone call to the landlord saved us.
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Amazon Alexa voice assistant system has been adopted by Marriott Hotels. Amazon has modified the software for hotel environment, and calls it Alexa for Hospitality. Marriott International has installed Alexa Echo devices in a few hotels in the US, and is in the process of continuing installations to more hotels.
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Transportation service Uber has decided to use bicycle sharing service Jump it acquired earlier as a new strategy to enter the European market. Jump has established a bicycle sharing system in a few US cities. A mobile application lets customers book a ride on Jump’s electric bicycles. Uber has integrated Jump bicycle sharing in its popular application, making it possible to book a car and a bicycle ride in the same app.
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In the heart of Lisbon, overlooking the lively PraÃ§a de Figueira, a hospital with a difference has been restoring dolls from Portugal and the rest of the world since 1830. Priyanka Sacheti pays a visit to this storied Portuguese institution. “These are the plastic surgery rooms,” says Manuela Cutileiro of the two sunlit rooms overlooking the market square.
A long table occupies each of them, with toy dolls in various states of dismemberment lying upon them, waiting to be brought to life again.
âWe have a baby Jesus today, he came with a problem with his fingers,â Manuela continues. âThe hospital happens to be a poly-trauma unit. We have five doll surgeons here, all of whom have received certification.â
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How many times on Facebook, Twitter, and especially, on Instagram have I seen people calling themselves as influencers in luxury travel? Hundreds, probably thousands of times. It wasn’t difficult to guess that only a few of them really knew something about marketing. The Atlantic has published a brilliant article by Taylor Lorenz about wannabe social media stars who are driving some luxury hotels crazy with the constant stream of free stay requests.
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Today’s hotel distribution landscape is a complex one – but artificial intelligence is expected to help solve the issues plaguing the current system. While the technology is still maturing, it’s not as far off as some might think.
Skift Take: Today’s hotel distribution landscape is a complex one – but artificial intelligence is expected to help solve the issues plaguing the current system. While the technology is still maturing, it’s not as far off as some might think.
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Nissan has introduced an electric campervan e-NV200 in Europe (in Spain in early June 2018) that the company says will be available for summer 2018. Nissan Iberia urges people who have been waiting for an electric camper van to contact a Nissan dealer for customizing a road trip vehicle for them.
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If you want to make an ultimate road trip, June and July 2018 is a unique opportunity to explore Russia and follow the World Championship football/soccer tournament (officially known as the World Cup 2018) in major cities of Russia. Russia is a vast country where travelers may encounter all kinds of challenges. Here are a few tips for a World Cup -themed road trip in Russia.
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Recently, one of my neighbors asked my opinion on second-hand camper vans she had bookmarked to be considered for purchase at an online car sales service. She had just retired and had always wanted to tour Europe. The most important feature for her was that everything had to be at the same level. No beds upstairs. From my own experience, I thought what would be the second most important feature for her, and told her that she really, really wanted to have a toilet in the van.
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