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Added 24 June, 2019

Emirates has fired the first salvo in the unbundling of business class fares. Now you can buy just the seat, with none of the other trimmings that travelers are used to with top-tier carriers. Dubbed “special fares,” customers are essentially just buying the seat. There’s no lounge access (unless you qualify with status), there’s no chauffeur-...

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Added 24 June, 2019

Th iPhone's iOS 13 NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany, Japan and England, are taking advantage of the upcoming software's support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins at international airports. You'll need to wait...

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Added 22 June, 2019

Jakarta, Indonesia is trialling electric buses on some routes as part of a strategy to make the city more eco-friendly. With almost 200 million passengers a year, the Indonesian capital has the world’s largest public bus system – as well as some of the world’s worst traffic congestion and air pollution. To meet demand, the Transjakarta Bus...

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Added 5 June, 2019

After more than a decade of rapid growth, Chinese travel to the U.S. is falling. Travel from China to the U.S. fell 5.7 percent in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office, which collects data from U.S. Customs forms. It was the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior...

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Added 4 June, 2019

Meet Tempo Walk: a robotic golf caddie that follows golfers autonomously. It uses motion detection technology similar to car backup cameras to follow people at a safe distance. Tempo Walk moves at 7mph and weighs 95 pounds. It can carry bags, coolers, and everything in between.

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Added 25 May, 2019

As more Baby Boomers become grandparents in Door County they are taking the opportunity to spoil their grandchildren by taking them on trips. “Gramping” is becoming the new trend where grandparents skip a generation and don’t take the parents along with them. Sue Wehrli of Wehrli Travel, for example, says this is becoming much more popular....

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Added 20 May, 2019

The Uber car service is now offering an in-app way to ask for minimal conversation during your ride. But the “Quiet Mode” feature is only available on Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides. Users can select “Quiet preferred,” “happy to chat” or leave the setting at “No preference.” The desire for silence might convince more riders to pay...

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Added 15 May, 2019

If the Hangover film franchise cemented Las Vegas’s reputation as the ultimate bachelor-party town, fun-loving travelers are helping establish it as the opposite: the perfect destination for a divorce party. Often an exultant multiday escapade, these vacations celebrate – not mourn – the ending of a marriage. And in a city versed in over-the-...

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Added 13 May, 2019

Airbnb is pushing further into the hotel space — this time with New York’s Rockefeller Plaza. The homesharing app launched a partnership on Monday with New York realty giant RXR Realty to turn part of an iconic Manhattan building into a hotel. Offered exclusively through Airbnb’s global platform, the initiative targets business travelers...

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Added 12 May, 2019

Germany launched the world's first electrified truck route, using overhead power lines supplied by renewable energy sources to cut emissions significantly. The system designed by Siemens uses similar technology to that seen on electric railways in Europe to connect the hybrid trucks to the power. While operating on electricity the maximum speed...