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When Artificial Intelligence Rules the City

An expert panel ponders how AI will change our lives.<p>When we think of the city of the future, we might think about flying cars and scenes from “Star Trek” or “The Jetsons.” But coming new technologies are shaping deeper and more fundamental changes in our cities.<p>These changes are already well …

Watch China's Metro System Grow in This One Crazy GIF

Since 1990, China’s population has continued to grow and, more critically, to urbanize. As millions have left their rural communities for cities, …

Semi Truck

Guests Can Rent Luxury Hotel Rooms by the Minute Via Recharge App

Renting rooms by the hour is not a new idea. Just ask any member of the world’s oldest profession.<p>But by the minute? Well, that’s relatively new. And …

Hospitality

Who Owns Transit Data?

Most U.S. cities share their transit information freely, which helps trip-planning services and boosts ridership. But most German cities don’t. Should they?<p>As the hometown of Daimler and Porsche, the German city of Stuttgart has a powerful car culture. The city also has—perhaps unsurprisingly—an …

Can we trust transit agencies after this commuter fiasco?

Wow: Amtrak knew all about the track fault that triggered last week’s Penn Station chaos. Let that be a warning that commuters need to worry about …

Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb

SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch.<p>The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target last summer after three senators asked for an investigation into how companies like Airbnb affect soaring housing costs. In October, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of …

Hospitality

Hilton Is Hiring Work-from-Home Employees in 29 States

Work-from-home job opportunities can be godsends for moms in need of workplace flexibility. The problem is that these types of jobs can often be …

Hospitality

You’ll soon be able to stay overnight beside Thailand’s famous Chatuchak market

A new hotel will open in 2020 beside Thailand’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, which is great news for the thousands of visitors that are drawn to the enormous market every weekend. Chatuchak has been running since 1942, and it is one of Asia’s biggest markets with approximately 8000 …

Travelers

How hotels beat Airbnb by getting in bed with the traveler

Today’s traveler is apparently digitally savvy and wants to be inspired by destinations and authentic experiences throughout the entirety of their …

Here's what it's like to fly first class on Emirates, the best airline in the world

The travel company analyzed millions of user-written reviews to find out which company offers the best experience for its customers — and the Middle Eastern airline came out on top.<p>A number of factors were taken were taken into account including legroom, seat comfort, customer service, cleanliness, …

Dining Rooms

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs plans to take over public transport in Columbus, Ohio

Smart city company plans Airbnb for parking and all-encompassing travel app<p>When it was spun out from Google last year, Sidewalk Labs promised to improve urban living by creating "smart cities." Now, in documents obtained by the Guardian, we've got an idea of exactly how the Alphabet company …

Smart Cities

Google’s sister company wants to be in charge of public transportation

Created to address “big urban problems,” Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, is proposing new software to grab the reins of …

Apple Pay Support Comes To Japan — Will Let You Pay For Public Transport

iPhone users in Japan can now access the Apple Pay feature on their smartphones. The iOS 10.1 update Tuesday brought support for the feature in the …

​NSW government seeks partner to trial Uber-like public transport

The state government department is seeking an industry partner to help it trial on-demand public transport services.<p>Transport for NSW is looking to …

Smart Cities
Australia

Survey shows people like to take public transport more when they are on holiday

A new survey by app creators Moovit has shown that 93% of their users would take public transportation during a holiday<p>When asked about their preferred means of travel while on holidays, Americans chose public transport as the second most popular choice, coming in at 31%.<p>Biking was the least …

New York City

Trulia can now help you find a place to rent near public transport

Trulia, the online real estate search engine now owned by Zillow, launched an interesting new feature today that allows you to quickly find rental homes and apartments that have good public transport access. <i>Rent Near Transit</i>, as the new feature is called, is essentially an additional search filter …

Real Estate

From Metrorail to bike paths, this is what CEOs think of public transit

This week’s question: When is the last time you took public transportation to work? What would make taking public transit easier?<p>I think anyone who …

Transit

Giant Lane-Straddling Land Airbus Could be Coming to China

Three years ago the 3D Fast Bus got everybody excited about the prospect of a lane-straddling bus that would eliminate traffic congestion by …

Transportation

How two neglected mansions became leading luxury hotels

The tales of Ballyfin and Glenmere<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>It’s no secret that the mansions of the American Gilded Age and those found throughout the …

Buckingham Palace

Using Technology to Improve Guest Communication

When thinking about improving guest communication, most people assume we are talking about guests talking face-to-face with a receptionist. Something …

Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri headed to hotel rooms, report says

Intelligent personal assistants are being tested at Marriott hotels, pointing to a future of automated hotel rooms.<p>Marriott International, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, is testing iPads running Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo at its Aloft hotel in Boston’s Seaport district, …

Hospitality

Marriott on The Future of Hotel Loyalty Programs | Inc.com

Last year, Marriott International acquired Starwood and became the world's largest hotel chain. In doing so, Marriott now has the largest hotel loyalty program.<p>In my previous article, "Marriott on the Future of Hotels", I shared what I learned from Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial …

Hospitality

Navigating The Minefield Of US Travel Bans

The news that President Trump is about to sign yet another Executive Order, which will apparently reinstate the Muslim Travel Ban into the United …

Immigration

Be the First Person to Ever Stay Inside the London Eye

For free!<p>While the London Eye first started spinning in 2000 and has since welcomed over 50 million guests, nobody has ever spent the night inside of the famous glass capsules.<p>But that will change on March 30, when the winner of TripAdvisor Rentals' "EyeSpy a Home in the Sky" contest checks into a …

Ten iPhone Road Trip Apps

I don’t want to brag, but I am the queen of road trips. The QUEEN! (Where is my tiara??) My son and I have covered thousands of miles in our …

RVs

How to Plan a Family Reunion

They are supposed to be memorable and a chance to reconnect with your loved ones, but family reunions need careful planning to pull off successfully, according to Jeanne Pena, the family reunions manager at Mohonk Mountain House, a resort in New Paltz, N.Y., that hosts more than 150 family reunions …

Trails

This floating hotel room lets you spend the night in the sea and wake up on a desert island

If the idea of waves gently rocking you to sleep sounds like an absolute dream, you’ll want to know about Huis Ten Bosch.<p>Huis Ten Bosch is a slightly …

The two-week holiday is dead – these are the world's greatest long weekends

The annual two-week holiday is becoming a thing of the past, according to an Office of National Statistics report, with long weekends away now surpassing them in popularity. The number of three-day foreign breaks taken by UK citizens has more than trebled in the past 20 years, from 1.3m to 4.3m, …

Where did all those high rollers come from? Las Vegas' newest hotel is adding more VIP gambling salons

Less than four months after it opened, the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is already remodeling. The reason? A larger-than-expected number of high rollers are driving demand for private salons that cater to VIPs.<p>A major makeover of the casino is underway at the hotel that opened with a …