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A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary | Travel | The Guardian
Explore Silk Road heritage, deserts landscapes, Tashkent’s metro and the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in a country encouraging tourists with new, relaxed visa policies
Uzbekistan  guide  travel  tourist  Guardian  2019 
11 weeks ago by inspiral
Why Do National Airlines Still Exist? – Skift
“If the choice was whether I wanted to have a national airline and pay a shitload of taxpayer money just to maintain the flag on airplanes compared to having someone else come and fill the void, I’d choose someone else,” he said. “If nations want their flags to be carried, they can do it in many other ways.”
airlines  flagcarriers  deregulation  review  travel  Skift  2018 
september 2018 by inspiral
Why tourism is killing Barcelona – a photo essay | Travel | The Guardian
One of the coolest destinations in Europe just two decades ago, Barcelona is now so overcrowded it has become a tourist theme park – and is losing the character that made it so popular
tourism  overtourism  review  critique  travel  Barcelona  Spain  Guardian  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
Paradise Lost: Tourists Are Destroying the Places They Love - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Travel is no longer a luxury good. Airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet have contributed to a form of mass tourism that has made local residents feel like foreigners in cities like Barcelona and Rome. The infrastructure is buckling under the pressure.
tourism  review  critique  overtourism  travel  Spiegel  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
How TripAdvisor changed travel | News | The Guardian
The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter.
TripAdvisor  travel  usergeneratedcontent  consumerreviews  review  history  profile  Guardian  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
How to Have Your Dream Vacation in Iceland
Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner headed to Iceland in search of puffins and peace. Along the way she encountered different versions of the land of fire and ice.
tourist  tourism  guide  travel  personalaccount  Iceland  Afar  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
There Was No ‘Golden Age’ of Air Travel - The New York Times
There’s no denying that airlines today could and should do a better job — at communicating, at treating their customers with dignity and respect. I’m well acquainted with the nuisances of modern-day air travel: I don’t enjoy claustrophobic planes, delays, noisy airports or wasteful security practices any more than you do.

But those good old days, maybe, are more mythical than we admit. Do you really want to travel like people did in the 1960s? Are you sure? No, you don’t have to love flying. But you shouldn’t take it for granted, either.
travel  airlines  advocacy  evolution  GoldenAge  critique  NYTimes  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Airlines Can Now Better Target Travelers With Ads on Facebook and Instagram – Adweek
Facebook is introducing additional ways for airlines to target summer travelers across Facebook, Instagram and Facebook’s Audience Network.

Today, the social network announced it’s rolling out dynamic ads for flights. The updates—which arrive just as the travel season gets underway for the summer—will let marketers target a person across devices based on route, schedule and price (for example, if a consumer searches for flights to California over Memorial Day, an airline could retarget the person with an ad for that flight). And it’s likely no surprise to hear it’s happening increasingly on mobile. According to new research from Facebook IQ, 93 percent of conversations happening on mobile devices last summer.
Facebook  targeting  travel  airlines  mobileadvertising  launch  AdWeek  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Why Bargain Travel Sites May No Longer Be Bargains – Backchannel
Aggregators like Expedia have made us lazy — and we may be missing out on the best deals.
travel  ecommerce  aggregator  hotels  airlines  pricing  Expedia  Priceline  Travelocity  review  critique  BackChannel  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Facebook adds a travel-planning feature called ‘City Guides’ | TechCrunch
Facebook has been busy with the app updates, as of late. In recent months, it has added new sections for finding nearby Wi-Fi, meeting new people, checking the weather, and more. Now, it’s rolling out yet another addition to the “More” menu inside the Facebook app: City Guides. A potential challenger to Foursquare, Facebook’s guides will show you a list of cities and which of your friends visited, along with various recommendations of places to go and things to do.

When you click into an individual city, you’ll see a row of rounded profile icons of your friends who have visited there. Tap on each one, and a list of the places they’ve been – like hotels, restaurants, attractions, and other businesses – will appear. This data is presumably being extracted from users’ check-ins and Facebook posts.
FacebookCityGuides  Facebook  tourist  launch  travel  Techcrunch  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Is Emirates Airline Running Out of Sky? - Bloomberg
It flies the fanciest product on the biggest planes on the longest routes. There might not be much more room to soar
Emirates  airlines  travel  review  profile  globalisation  protectionism  Bloomberg  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
What I Wish I Knew Before Working Remotely Around the World
When you’re in a foreign place, every day is a fresh series of questions: What will you eat? (Everything!) What will you see? (All the places!) But how will you get there? Will this coffee shop let me work there? Does it have reliable Wi-Fi? All these uncertainties seem exciting, but therein lies the kicker: every unknown variable, every wrench in the works, eventually leaves you feeling drained, or at a loss of what to do next. Put another way, when everything is familiar, you waste less energy on basic stuff in your day to day. When it’s not, you need all of the mental and emotional help you can get.
nomad  travel  guide  Lifehacker  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Social Media For Travel Brands
Singapore Tourism Board recently commissioned We Are Social to explore the key social media trends
travel  socialmedia  tourism  trends  review  marketing  destination  SingaporeTourismBoard  WeAreSocial  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Skyscanner's new Facebook Messenger bot
Introducing Skyscanner's latest flight search innovation: the Skyscanner bot for Facebook Messenger. Using the latest technology, we've made it even easier for you to find the best flights, but how does it work? Let us explain...
FacebookMessenger  chatbots  ecommerce  travel  virtualassistant  creativeshowcase  Skyscanner  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Brands Worldwide Embrace Instagram - eMarketer
Instagram adoption, among brands examined by L2 Think Tank, is nearly ubiquitous across industries. Snapchat, on the other hand, is a different story. Brands are more hesitant to adopt the social messaging app.

During Q4 2015, L2 Think Tank analyzed more than 1 million social posts and nearly 2 billion interactions from 879 brands worldwide. Snapchat analysis was conducted during Q1 2016.

When it comes to Instagram adoption, almost every industry sector, with the exception of beverages and consumer electronics, is almost full penetrated. For example, 100% of auto brands examined by L2 Think Thank have adopted Instagram, and other industries such as fashion, beauty, watches and jewelry and travel, are almost fully saturated.
Snapchat  Instagram  penetration  sector  comparison  automotive  fashion  beauty  jewelry  travel  retail  sportswear  consumerelectronics  research  L2ThinkTank  eMarketer  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Starwood's taking hotel reservations from Instagram - Digiday
Everyone wants to use Instagram for sales, and Starwood’s hacking it to drive reservations.

The hotel chain’s Tribute Portfolio brand is partnering with shopping platform LiketoKnow.it to let users book a stay by tapping photos on Instagram photos posted by Starwood-paid influencers. The process isn’t exactly seamless: When users tap one of the photos, they receive a link via email to book their stay at the hotel’s featured properties. Two new Parisian hotels, Le Metropolitan and Le Dokhan’s, can now be booked in this way.
Instagram  Starwoods  socialcommerce  hotels  travel  creativeshowcase  Digiday  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Eurostar uses Instagram 'tapestry' to show life onboard new e320 train | Marketing Magazine
Eurostar has created an online Instagram 'tapestry' called @LaVieOnBoard comprising 200 still and animated image squares depicting life onboard its new e320 train as it travels from London to Paris.

Each of the squares uses a combination of still and animated images to tell stories, such as that of a couple falling in love and that of a group of senior citizens having a party onboard the train

The @LaVieOnBoard narrative promotes various aspects of the new train, including its free wi-fi and onboard entertainment, which offers travellers more than 300 hours of TV and film content. Embedded within the narrative are two-for-one ticket offers from non museum partners in London and Paris.
Eurostar  Instagram  mobileadvertising  creativeshowcase  travel  Influencer  Marketingmagazine  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Now Boarding on KLM: Facebook Messenger | SocialTimes
The airline has always been quick to embrace social media, enabling travelers to book tickets via Facebook and Twitter in February 2014 and often scoring well on Socialbakers’ Socially Devoted customer-service index.

Facebook vice president of messaging products David Marcus announced in a post that KLM passengers can use the application to access itineraries, updates, check-in notifications and boarding passes, as well as to rebook flights and communicate with KLM.
KLM  FacebookMessenger  tickets  launch  mobilemessaging  airlines  travel  creativeshowcase  SocialTimes  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Travel guidebooks come back from the brink - FT.com
After a decade of decline, new figures show a surprise upturn in sales of printed copies
travel  guidebooks  publishing  books  growth  FinancialTimes  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Should Business Travel Be Obsolete? by Ricardo Hausmann - Project Syndicate
Think about it: You can call, email, and even watch your counterparty on FaceTime, Skype, or GoToMeeting. So why do companies fork out more than $1.2 trillion a year – a full 1.5% of the world’s GDP – for international business travel?
The expense is not only huge; it is also growing – at 6.5% per year, almost twice the rate of global economic growth and almost as fast as information and telecommunication services. Computing power has moved from our laptops and cellphones to the cloud, and we are all better off for it. So why do we need to move brains instead of letting those brains stay put and just sending them bytes? Why waste precious work time in the air, at security checks, and waiting for our luggage?
travel  businesstravel  growth  statistics  review  ProjectSyndicate  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
10 Wellness Trends To Watch In 2016 - mindbodygreen.com
We expect 2016 to be even better for wellness enthusiasts as healthy living is sweeping the world. Here are 10 trends to watch over the next year:
wellness  trends  forecast  juice  drinks  Juicero  sportswear  Carbon38  SweatyBetty  Manduka  OutdoorVoices  wellnessstudios  Wanderlust  guacamole  travel  worklifebalance  flotationtank  nitrocoffee  coffee  MindBodyGreen  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
How Young Adults Spend Their Time: 2004 vs 2014
Looking at people between the ages of 20 and 29, we found some expected outcomes (an increase in time spent playing games and using the Internet), but we also came across some changes we would not have presumed (a decrease in time spent watching TV and movies, a decrease in travelling and shopping, and an increase in sleeping). Below, we’ll explore these differences, as well as the changes in the world that might explain why they occurred.
youngadults  time  consumer  research  survey  sleep  travel  television  cinema  gaming  internet  reading  AmericanTimeUseSurvey  USA  Priceonomics  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
The end of Schengen? Restrictions by Denmark and Sweden are 'threatening Europe's passport-free zone' | Europe | News | The Independent
As Sweden and Denmark demand ID to travel between their nations for the first time in 50 years and four other passport-free countries reintroduce checks, the EU’s open border faces its biggest threat yet 
Schengen  migration  travel  Europe  EuropeanUnion  Sweden  Denmark  Independent  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Tweet at Sheraton If Your Flight Is Delayed, and You Could Win a Drone | Adweek
Through the end of December, Sheraton wants travelers to tweet with the hashtag #delightdelaysweeps to its Twitter account for the chance to win a bevy of prizes. It's a holiday endeavor, attempting to appeal to folks who get stuck in airports in the U.S., Mexico, the U.K., Dubai, France and Germany while trying to visit family and friends. 
Randomly selected winners will receive a direct message on Twitter from the Starwood Hotels and Resorts-owned hospitality brand about their good fortune. Prizes include Sheraton resort vacations, GoPro cameras, drones, high-end headphones, portable charging devices, battery extenders for mobile devices and travel kits.
Twitter  Sheraton  socialmedia  creativeshowcase  travel  airlines  delays  AdWeek  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Marriott checks in at the movies with a kiss and a heist
The hotel group is making its own films and running a ‘newsroom’ in its push for online branding
Marriott  film  shortfilm  travel  hotels  FinancialTimes  2015  contentmarketing 
october 2015 by inspiral
Helping GWR stay on track – a day with the Great Western Railway Twitter team | Creative Review
At the first sign of delay or disruption, disgruntled commuters turn to Twitter to vent their fury. CR spends a day with GWR’s social team to see how they cope with complaints, questions and some very strange requests
GreatWesternRailway  socialmedia  Twitter  customerservice  creativeshowcase  railways  travel  CreativeReview  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Pinterest Wants To Be Your Discovery Engine For Travel | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
BY EXPANDING ITS PLACE PINS FEATURE—INTRODUCED IN 2013—PINTEREST IS MAKING A MORE POINTED PLAY FOR THE TRAVEL MARKET.
Pinterest  travel  tourism  opportunity  socialmedia  FastCompany  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
The Rise of the Outrageously Long Commute - The Atlantic
Some businesspeople are working half of the week in far-off countries or catching 3 a.m. trains just so that they don’t have to uproot their lives at home.
commuting  employment  travel  relocation  review  TheAtlantic  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Why Are All ‘Good’ Restaurants Around the World Starting To Look the Same? — Gone — Medium
Restaurants, bars and coffee shops around the world have started to look, taste, sound, and smell more and more the same.
food  restaurants  bars  globalisation  critique  travel  BuenosAires  Argentina  author:TomDowney  Medium  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
Future Of Travel
In this year’s Future of Travel report, PSFK Labs looks at key areas of change and innovation in air travel. We have seen the development of a whole new set of products and services that are enhancing the airline experience, not only to avoid the common headaches and frustration, but to get us to enjoy these times. Travel leads to personal change, and even for the seasoned traveler, a flight offers the possibility for fun and adventure.
travel  tourism  innovation  creativeshowcase  trends  PSFK  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
A look inside Amtrak’s excellent content marketing strategy | Econsultancy
Amtrak is the intercity train service run by The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, connecting more than 500 US destinations and three Canadian provinces. According to The Make Good in its piece on content marketers that are ahead of the curve, Amtrak has seen a rise in train ticket sales that perhaps goes against the dominance of air travel in the USA.  This is in part thanks to its recent content marketing push. Amtrak has redesigned its blog, including an archive of photography that stretches back over four decades of its existence, upped its social media game and has begun sponsoring trips by writers and photographers in order to create engaging content for the company. Let’s take a closer look at the best of Amtrak’s content and channels.
Amtrak  travel  railways  blogging  socialmedia  Instagram  Twitter  creativeshowcase  Econsultancy  2014  contentmarketing 
august 2014 by inspiral
Expedia shows just how interesting our travels make us through pan-European Facebook campaign | The Drum
The application scans the user’s Facebook profile to detect travel-related information capturing ‘number of countries visited’, ‘highest place been’, ‘most interesting transport taken’, ‘total miles travelled’ and ‘famous drinks in cities you have drunk in’ to create an infographic travel profile which can then be shared.
Facebook  Expedia  socialmedia  travel  creativeshowcase  infographic  TheDrum  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Expedia Travels Back in Time to Recreate Your Best Throwback Thursday Photos | Adweek
Between now and the end of August, Expedia is asking Instagram and Twitter users to tag their #tbt photo with @Expedia and #ThrowMeBack. Each week the company will pick one lucky winner and give them a travel voucher so they can indulge their nostagia and return to the place where the photo was taken—and recreate it.
Expedia  travel  Instagram  Twitter  throwback  creativeshowcase  usergeneratedcontent  AdWeek  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Travel Content Journey
Expedia commissioned research done by comScore into the online travel sector in the US
ecommerce  travel  revenues  onlineadvertising  purchasing  influence  PCs  laptops  smartphones  Facebook  visualweb  content  USA  Expedia  Comscore  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
The Pitchfork Guide to Paris | News | Pitchfork
With Pitchfork Music Festival Paris coming next week, we present a list of the best record stores, bars, sight-seeing spots, and more. Plus recommendations from artists playing the festival.
Paris  tourist  guide  travel  Pitchfork  2012 
may 2014 by inspiral
WeChat Adds Air Ticket Booking Service | TechNode
WeChat’s m-commerce offerings has added flight booking service that is provided by LY.com (formerly 17u.cn), a Chinese online travel service Tencent has a stake in. Payments, of course, are supported by WeChat Payment.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  mobilecommerce  China  launch  travel  Tencent  TechNode  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
Thomson to create first crowd-sourced wedding decided by Facebook fans | Marketing Magazine
Thomson, the TUI-owned tour operator, is giving one couple the chance to have their wedding arranged in Cyprus by the brand's Facebook community, in a new #YourBigDay campaign.
Facebook  Thomson  socialmedia  wedding  consumergeneratedcontent  #YourBigDay  travel  creativeshowcase  marketingmagazine  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
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