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Venture capital is no longer where the green tech grows

Oct 17, 2019

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What happens to Thomas Cook customers now?

by Victoria Craig Sep 24, 2019
The British government has repatriated about 8% of the 155,000 UK citizens who were abroad on vacations when the 178-year old travel-booking company went bust.
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The Trump administration restricts U.S. travel to Cuba

by Ben Bradford Jun 5, 2019
The Trump administration has announced new restrictions for travel to Cuba, making a visit to the island challenging, once again.
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Marriott plans to take on Airbnb in home-sharing market

by Meghan McCarty Carino Apr 29, 2019
The hotel group is preparing to launch a new division.
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Concierges thrive as their realm expands into everyday life tasks

by Janet Babin Jan 16, 2019
From luxury hotels to your own everyday life and even apps, concierges are everywhere.
A concierge takes a call at Lutetia Hotel in Paris.
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A growing number of travel businesses ask people to ditch their cellphones

by Renata Sago Jan 3, 2019
It's about being present in the moment.
Cell phones are competition for an industry whose product is creating experiences for people to enjoy in the here and now, says Art Markman, University of Texas at Austin psychologist.
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Expanding airports are banking on local retailers to add value

by Renata Sago Nov 6, 2018
Terminals in major cities are undergoing renovations and relying on the allure of local shops to keep travelers spending.
A band entertains travelers at the Orlando International Airport.
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First, LA welcomes subway body scanners. Next, a major city near you?

by Renata Sago Sep 17, 2018
Questions loom about the new technology, like whether it has potential to keep travelers safe, or if it's just security theater.
Officers tested out the mobile units during a demonstration at Los Angeles Union Station. 
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Labor Day, meh? You’re not alone

by Renata Sago Sep 3, 2018
Now that classes start mid-August for many schools in the United States, Labor Day weekend is less of a “Goodbye, sweet summer!” thing. Even the AAA has stopped predicting a traveler’s forecast. Click the audio player above to hear the…
People head for trains in Grand Central Terminal as thousands of New Yorkers depart the city for Labor Day weekend on September 1, 2017 in New York City. One of the busiest travel days of the year, roads and trains are often packed to capacity as people look to enjoy the last summer weekend. 
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Costlier oil likely means higher prices for air travel

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 5, 2018
Every time we pull into a gas station, we see the effect of rising global oil prices. Airlines are getting a bit of sticker shock, too, when they fill their planes with jet fuel. Crude oil is up close to…

For hotels, no single solution when it comes to keeping guests and their belongings secure

by Renata Sago May 25, 2018
As the summer travel season gets under way, a look at hotel security. One of the largest providers of hotel locking systems recently updated a bug in its software after a security company found its key cards, used in 7…