Travel Inspiration

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News / Technology
Hotels develop VR "twins" as first step into metaverse
By Mitra Sorrells | May 20, 2022
Hotels are beginning to develop virtual representations of their physical properties, which will eventually live in the metaverse and support sales and marketing. Read More
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Opinion / Online
Why do travel providers miss the mark on personalization?
By Cara Whitehill - Unlock Advisors | May 19, 2022
Travel providers have the data and the tools to truly personalize offers - and yet, they don't. Read More
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News / Technology
Google Maps get a boost with immersive view
By Linda Fox | May 16, 2022
The Google Maps update will begin rolling out later this year with cities including London, Los Angeles and Tokyo to come first. Read More
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News / Online
Airbnb enables “split stays” to ease inventory woes
By Mitra Sorrells | May 11, 2022
"Split stays" are part of Airbnb's newest version of its platform, described as “the biggest change to Airbnb in a decade.”   Read More
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Opinion / Online
Why the world needs “Meaningful Tourism”
By Wolfgang Georg Arlt - China Outbound Tourism Research Institute | May 10, 2022
“Meaningful Tourism” is based on a return to benefits for all stakeholders - guests, host communities, tourism employees, the government and the environment. Read More
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News / Online
Tripadvisor names media exec Matt Goldberg as CEO beginning July 1
By Mitra Sorrells | May 4, 2022
Goldberg has most recently been an executive at media buying platform The Trade Desk and was formerly CEO of Lonely Planet. Read More
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News / Online
Google enhances trip-planning tools as travel searches boom
By Mitra Sorrells | May 2, 2022
Google is launching new tools related to flight and hotel searches and general trip planning.   Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: Raus wants to be the digital platform for off-grid stays
By Linda Fox | April 28, 2022
The startup, which wants to expand beyond Germany, has received total funding of €3.2 million with the founders of TIER and HomeToGo among investors. Read More
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News / Online
Airbus looks to the crowd for metaverse innovation
By Linda Fox | April 27, 2022
The company has partnered with HeroX to find innovative ways to use the metaverse in the travel process. Read More
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News / Technology
The increasing ways the metaverse plays a role in travel
By Linda Fox | April 27, 2022
Almost two-thirds of consumers say they have already purchased a virtual product or participated in a virtual experience in the past year. Read More
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Interview / Online
In The Big Chair - Gary Morrison of Hostelworld
By Linda Fox | April 26, 2022
Gary Morrison became CEO of Hostelworld in late 2018, joining from Expedia where he was head of retail. Read More
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News / Startups
Trip-planning app Out of Office takes off with $3.5M in funding
By Jill Menze | April 22, 2022
Launched in August 2021, Out of Office gives travelers inspiration and planning tips based on where their friends have traveled in the past. Read More
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News / Online
Holibob boosts tours distribution tech with acquisition of TourismSolved
By Linda Fox | April 21, 2022
The combined companies will offer SaaS, distribution and success-based marketing to activity operators and retailers. Read More
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News / Online
My Method... How Vrbo used videos to increase its search visibility
By Shawn Massie - Pacific | April 13, 2022
Vrbo raised its rank and visibility on YouTube and Google using SEO-friendly videos created from its destination guides. Read More
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News / Online
Social, mobile, cashless - Gen Z travel and payment trends
By Linda Fox | April 5, 2022
Gen Z travelers say they are planning to invest in a big trip in 2022. Read More