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- summaryAirbnb host will have to pay $2,400 fine from New York CityRooms
Since the law about short-term rentals was written expressly to deal with the types of units being rented on Airbnb, the decision is perfectly in line with New York law, despite what Airbnb's revisionist statement is arguing.
- Five startups that want to define the future of travel in five different waysDigital
- summaryDubai hotel goes overboard with iPads: Hands out $10,000, gold-plated tabletsDestinations
Oh good. Because non-gold plated iPads are for the poors.
- summaryGatwick boss decries state of airport shuttle while ignoring state of airportTransport
Next time Gatwick's boss wants to distract from his failures by slamming the conditions of the ever-so-helpful shuttle that connects flyers between the airport and the city center, he should ease up on the hyperbole. Nobody thinks they're spotless, but they're also not "third world."
- summaryWhere does the world's largest aircraft A380 mostly fly? Asia, of courseTransport
New innovative aircraft designs of the future are sure to be tested by the rapidly expanding airlines of the Middle East and Asia, while western legacy carriers focus their energy on consolidation and cutting costs.
- summaryCaribbean island's tourism bleeds after Virgin Atlantic cuts capacityTransport
Destinations in the Caribbean have been complaining about Britain's high airline passenger taxes and what it means to their business. Barbados is now dealing with the aftermath.
- summaryAsian hotel groups fight for their share of China’s growing tourism sectorDestinations
Luxury hotel groups such as the Peninsula and Shangri-La are recognizing the global potential of their brand, especially in western markets where Chinese tourists are heading in unprecedented numbers.
- summaryRail passengers in U.S. Northeast brace for hellish weekSkiftX
First Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast last year, and now this train crash in Connecticut will take an economic toll on the region, as well. Not to mention that it's ulcer time for Connecticut commuters trying to get into NYC, and vice versa.
- summaryRhode Island beaches rush to finish Hurricane Sandy repairs before summerDestinations
The official start of the summer season will either signal a victory for businesses that have completed the necessary repairs, or a defeat for those still struggling to overcome the destruction caused by Sandy.
- summaryFashion brands flock to Hong Kong to greet shopaholic Chinese touristsDestinations
A market once dominated by luxury brands catering to China’s richest tourists makes room for more mainstream brands, now that affordable travel costs are attracting more budget-minded shoppers.
- summaryNew York senator urges airlines to lower flight change feesTransport
It’s not just families that are hurt by the increasing change fees; business and budget travelers are also wary of booking tickets too far in advance for fear of having plans change.
- summaryOrlando theme parks brace themselves for SeaWorld's new Antarctica attractionDestinations
A single themed ride is no longer enough to drive a family to Orlando so parks are rolling out entire lands that generate buzz and ultimately increase visitors at all friendly-family attractions in the region.
- summarySaudi Arabia's tourism challenge: Strict religious principles dominate discussionDestinations
Will the success of Dubai and its regional peers nudge Saudi Arabia to open up its much richer sites to outsiders? Or will the kingdom's conservative nature keep its treasures hidden?
- summaryWill American Airlines new boarding process lead to free-for-all at the gate?Transport
The airlines created boarding chaos, with passengers trying to stuff bags in overhead bins to avoid checked-bag fees, and now they are trying to figure a way out of the mess (while keeping the fees, of course).
- summarySalt Lake City Airport set for $2 billion makeoverTransport
Salt Lake City Airport's laudable on-time arrivals rate occurs almost despite the airport's layout. The redevelopment project would make for a more sensible design. And, it's a great idea to ask passengers for their airport wish lists.
- summaryDelta to add jobs to reservations center in MinnesotaTransport
The reservations center, which was a Northwest Airlines facility before the merger with Delta, is considered a key facility because of its role in handling frequent flyer members of Delta's SkyMiles program.
- summaryNorth America's biggest casino thinks expansion will solve its problemsDestinations
As each new state adds some kind of gaming, destination casinos will continue to have problems that they can expand themselves out of.
- summaryRyanair's profits up 13 percent as it benefits from other's troublesTransport
As full-service operators are struggling to stem losses, Ryanair continues the expansion of its in-your-face cut-rate service in unexpected markets.
- summaryDubai hotel chain sees growth in mid-market properties, not seven-star gemsDestinations
Given Dubai's predilection for "big," it's not offen that a developer stakes its reputation on sensible stays that are in reach of more visitors.
- U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas issues security warning for travelersDestinations
- summaryUnited returns Dreamliners to service today: Boeing's problem child gets a liftTransport
As the only U.S. airline to have Dreamliners in its fleet when the grounding began, United was the only carrier to really suffer. Nonetheless, it will be happy to get the planes into circulation as soon as possible.
- summaryChildren on airplanes? British broadcaster's inflammatory tweet sparks debateTransport
When the revolution comes, and children rule the world, they are going to stash Jeremy Clarkson in the airplane's restroom without Wi-Fi and ensure he is the last person to get off the plane.
- summaryAnthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” episode 6 recap: Peace signs in LibyaDestinations
Parts Unknown has officially arrived. Giving insights into a country as unkown to the average American as Libya is feat unto itself, but making viewers feel connected to Libyans is an obstacle that few other than Bourdain would be able to achieve.
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- summaryWhy well-dressed single men have the best shot at receiving free upgradesTransport
The men are often business travelers with frequent flyer credentials, but it’s likely no coincidence that flight attendants making the selection are mostly women.
- summaryIs Airbnb illegal in New York? Definitely not, but many of its hosts break the lawOriginal
Hosts like Warren are the greatest evangelists of the sharing economy. But when they have to suffer financially they become the worst spokesmen.
- summaryEight questions for Transportation Secretary nominee Anthony FoxxTransport
These questions are influenced by the writer’s view that states should be given greater control of their transportation policies, something Foxx may agree with having seen the positive impact unique of transportation solutions as mayor of Charlotte.
- summaryNew Jersey Governor criticized for turning tourism ads into campaign assetDestinations
Is Christie the most influential figure available to declare that the shore is indeed open? Probably. Will his ad appearance help his chances of re-election? Definitely, but maybe there’s nothing wrong with that.
- summaryThe real-world challenges for travel startups, as mirrored in Hipmunk's storyDigital
Funded, lean and focused, Hipmunk can take its sweet, little time honing its product to get ready for a larger profile. Whether it ever emerges from beautiful product to major player is a very open question. There is plenty of money to be made even as a relatively small company, but Hipmunk's ambitions are huge.
- summaryPriceline completes acquisition of KayakDigital
With Priceline buying Kayak, Expedia investing in Trivago, and TripAdvisor launching hotel metasearch, all the big players have a piece of the pie, and this will have many delightful twists and turns.
- summaryTraveling to Burma? U.S. says it's now okay to call the country MyanmarDestinations
A name might mean little to tourists that come to enjoy cuisine and culture, but it means everything to locals whose country’s name defines their identity and how the rest of the world views them.
- summaryAgency responsible for American rebranding receives top design awardTransport
The award is one of only several accolades the redesign has received amidst customers bemoaning the new tail and rumors that another livery change is coming alongside the US Airways merger.
- summaryTourism to Egypt on the rise, but full recovery not expected until after 2014Destinations
A full tourism rebound is dependent on unpredictable regional affairs, but consistent year-over-year growth since the Arab Spring is a good sign that tourists are reconsidering Egypt and its neighbors.
- summaryGame of Thrones tours launched in Dubrovnik and BelfastDestinations
Tours are sure to be followed by themed hotel packages and add-ons to create a full immersion experience, which once again highlights the power of media as a tourism driver.
- summaryPritzker hearings for Commerce Secretary post to begin this week Rooms
The last thing President Obama needs this week is for any obstacles to emerge in the Prizker nomination hearings, given the series of scandals dogging the Administration.
- summaryAsh cloud rises over Alaskan volcano, canceling commercial and cargo flightsTransport
Thanks to international flight patterns, Alaska's volcano won't be another Icelandic perfect storm of ash and cancellations. And luckily for passengers, Ryanair doesn't fly near Anchorage.
- summaryGreyhound to mimic airlines and charge more during peak travel periodsTransport
It was only a matter of time before bus companies caught on to airlines’ profit-driving ways, but price plays a large factor for travelers deciding between the two so Greyhound would be foolish to match airlines’ peak prices.
- summaryU.S. Commerce Sec. nominee and Hyatt heiress faces hotel workers protestRooms
Pritzker has enough challengers from the political right that she doesn't need the attacks from the labor left. But if she makes it through confirmation, travel will have an incredibly powerful ally in the administration.
- summaryCarnival's profits fall short as battered line drops fares to woo back cruisersTransport
Carnival will find a way to get out of its rut, but it will take longer to do so if it doesn't acknowledge that it's low fares directly relate to its less-than-stellar safety issues.
- summaryNavajo Nation opens first casino in Arizona, employs 500 tribal membersDestinations
The casino is expected to drive tourism to the region and keep locals spending money closer to home, which is yet another challenge to established gaming centers in Vegas and Atlantic City.
- summaryVisitEngland teaches businesses how to attract travelers with special needsDestinations
Disabled travelers spend an estimated $13 billion in North America and £2 billion in England every year, making them an important target for destinations looking to increase their share of the global travel market.
- summaryYahoo gets serious about Flickr, with attractive storage bump for travelersDigital
Facebook and Instagram may be the most popular way to share images you probably don't need to see, but Flickr has remained strong despite years of neglect from Yahoo and attacks from better-supported Google Plus. It's next year will be vital to its survival.
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- summaryCruise passenger bill of rights effective immediately for all major U.S. linesTransport
CLIA’s bill of rights appears to diffuse the actions of a U.S. senator promising the same thing, so we'll eagerly wait to see the ratio of marketing to substance this really truly represents.
- summaryMall of America ready to pursue $1.5 billion expansion plansDestinations
The Mall of America waited six years for the tax break allowing it to double in size and visitor count, but slow growing communities aren't happy about sharing the money allotted for their property tax benefits.
- summaryJetBlue exec: Airlines shouldn't compete over "nicest prison cell"Transport
Comfortable seats and free TV doesn't seem that revolutionary -- unless you work at an airline.
- summaryNew York State Senator says Airbnb's actions "pathologically irresponsible"Rooms
Businessweek magazine argued this week that the sharing and peer-to-peer economies need to stop whining about competition and start lobbying. But if they're going to win over legislators like Krueger, the new upstarts are going to need to learn that sharing goes both ways.
- summaryBrazil is New York City’s most important visitor market, says tourism chief Destinations
It’s no accident that Brazilians are flocking to NYC. The city’s marketing board laid the ground for such growth by setting up direct flights and building cultural awareness early in Brazil’s economic growth.
- summaryNashville's new convention center sets up big challenge for Memphis Destinations
This Nashville-Memphis battle is going to get nastier than a couple of dueling guitars in a smoke-filled bar at 2 a.m. If you are a business traveler, what's clear is that you will be spending more time Tennessee during upcoming conference cycles.
- summaryVirgin America is the most popular airline in U.S., says consumer surveyTransport
Virgin America is heralded as a consumer favorite, but its annual losses tell a different story and the carrier’s dreams of an IPO are far-fetched until it shows sustainable profitability.
- summaryMemorial Day road trips driven by fee fatigue Transport
Are travelers getting used to airline fees, or is fee fatigue spurring more road trips? The slightly higher number of travelers taking to the roads this Memorial Day weekend may also be driven by airline capacity cuts. At any rate, at some juncture there will be a tipping point where the airline fee frenzy becomes just too much and decisively changes traveler behavior.
- summaryAgreement on airline emissions standard delayed for more researchTransport
Industry-wide standards understandably take a long time to develop, but this timetable is exacerbated by airlines that are more concerned with profits than environmental sustainability.
- summaryIn-flight theft of carry-on bags becomes more common, reports LAXTransport
Passengers were always wont to carry their most valuable items onboard, but overhead bins are now more packed and bags are often placed far away from their owners making it difficult monitor what belongs to who.
- summaryAirbus doesn’t have the appetite to build a 777X competitor, says Boeing CEOTransport
Boeing is hard-pressed for Airbus insults as the moment as its European competitor continues to snap up deals with new customers in the aftermath of the Dreamliner grounding.
- summaryDisgraced Costa Concordia captain will stand trial for manslaughterTransport
Everyone else has plea bargained or made financial settlements to avoid prosecution, but Schettino's purported behavior during the crisis left him no room for anything but a full trial.
- summaryNew Hampshire looks forward to visitor spike for holiday weekendDestinations
Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of the summer tourism season in the U.S., signaling a spike in visitors and tourism that’s hoped to grow over the next four months.
- summaryTablets are the fastest growing device used by airline passengers Transport
In-flight use of tablets and e-readers is increasing faster than smartphone and laptops, likely due to their content that can be easily saved and read onboard without paying for Internet access.
- summaryNew deadly virus spreads from Saudi Arabia to TunisiaDestinations
SARS severely disrupted travel across the world in 2003, stopping short the few gains that had been made post-9/11. Getting the latest virus under control is key to preventing a similar slow-down this year.
- summaryConnecticut's $27 million tourism campaign is revolutionary in its own wayDestinations
Funny that Discover New England deleted Connecticut from the map when the state didn't pay its dues. But the embarrassment was a kick in the pants to a state that has historically done a poor job promoting what it has to offer.
- Royal Caribbean drama: It's Chairman against large shareholderDestinations
- summaryJersey Shore almost back to normal for first post-Sandy summerDestinations
Businesses have spent months readying for this weekend, but their biggest concern now is having customers to serve. The state hopes to attract visitors will a major tourism campaign rolling out this Friday.
- summarySkift Q&A: Can an independent hotel booking site survive and thrive?Digital
Plenty of sites promise "insider" experiences and "exclusive" deals, but Tablet's relationships with providers allow it to deliver an experience to its users that most online booking sites would envy.
- summaryFirm behind TSA's full-body scanners is having a tough time on the stock marketTransport
The TSA has dropped the much-disliked scanners to shift its focus on real threats. But the latter has been derailed by the knee-jerk reaction to the agency's proposed tiny knives policy.
- summarySingapore Airlines has too many pilots, so it's carefully cutting them looseTransport
What's bad news for pilots is usually worse news for the rest of the crew. Singapore will need to exit it's generous contracts with an excess of pilots before it can move forward.
- summaryEuropean Union optimistic about global pact on aviation carbon emissionsTransport
Despite the optimism, getting a global agreement on carbon emissions for the aviation industry is a stubbornly tough endeavor, and it will take years to get the signatures.
- summaryScotland considers economic benefits of breaking up with BritainDestinations
The report arguing in favor of succession points out that the aviation sector of an independent Scotland would no longer be stifled by the UK’s controversial APD tax and would be able to lower its VAT to boost tourism.
- THURSDAY'S TOP NEWS Open All
- summaryElectric car maker Tesla pays off U.S. government loan a decade earlyUncategorized
If you're trying to argue that you are transforming transportation in one of the more radical ways since the invention of the car, it doesn't hurt to be able to make a splash now and then. Especially one that gets your critics wet.
- Thomas Cook is selling bonds to help get itself out of debtDestinations
- summaryVirgin's Branson says spacecraft will launch at Christmas, but staff cautiousTransport
Sir Richard's enthusiasm can sometimes get the best of him. But his shoot-from-the-hip style has the benefit of pushing the troops further. And considering how far behind they are that's not necessarily a bad thing.
- summaryDelta is in no rush to buy new planes, CEO says let other airlines test themTransport
Not the worst idea to wait, of course. But is it necessary to show your competitors all the cards you're holding?
- summaryWhy turning Medellín into the Silicon Valley of South America is great for tourismDestinations
Colombia has become a darling of South America during its transformation, but those changes and their impact on tourism can be seen clearly in Medellin. The city’s tourism sector fuels its economic growth while homegrown efforts are turning the city into something many travel to see.
- summaryU.S. government shouldn't help Korean Air and Emirates buy planes, Delta saysTransport
Delta's position pits it against Boeing, with likes how the credits make buying Boeing easier for foreign airlines. But the airline is betting that it will get support if it pegs its opposition as Boeing Vs. tourism. Whether that will work is the real question.
- summaryTajikistan attempts to figure out what it has to offer travelersDestinations
Tajikistan was once a global crossroads instead of a regional backwater. It should try both patience and avoiding the over-the-top behavior that has defined its regional neighbors in recent years.
- FRIDAY'S TOP NEWS Open All
- Best travel ads this week: Holland argues it's cooler than BrooklynTransport
- summaryChina prime minister worries tourists are ruining country's reputation abroadDestinations
Destinations and retailers can ignore tourists’ minor transgressions as long as they keep spending, but Chinese officials are right to recognize their tourists for the cultural ambassadors they are.
- summaryRiver cruise line Viking adds first ocean voyages with two new shipsTransport
Viking has built an established and popular brand during the recent river cruising boom, and it will be interesting to see how the company fares in the more volatile ocean cruise business.
- summaryNew American Airlines won't repeat Pan Am and TWA mistakes, official saysTransport
The new American Airlines will have a formidable network, although it remains to be seen whether the merger transition will be characterized merely by a few bumps, or whether there will be significant turbulence.
- summaryRichard Branson leading initiative to protect Caribbean marine environmentDestinations
Branson has certainly learned that not all Caribbean islands are created equal, as the competing interests that separate cruise-ship friendly ports from high-end ports or sleepy islands mean that not everyone necessarily cares about the health of the reefs.
- summaryThe Chinese firm that wants to cram an entire city into the world's tallest buildingDestinations
Trees 200-floors in the air, a building constructed in just 7 months, and an actual plan for China’s rapid urbanization: There’s several points that make this plan unfeasible and we’d hate to watch it what happens should it fall.
- summaryThus proven: stop-motion travel video, so much more fun than timelapseDestinations
We are genuinely tired of the generic timelapse travel videos, this stop-motion video is a lot more fun. More travelers and brands in travel should try this instead of overdosing on timelapses.
- summaryAmtrak upgrades Wi-Fi giving business travelers another reason to choose railDigital
Business travelers are already starting to pick Amtrak over airlines for short-haul trips due to time, cost, and convenience; a more consistent Wi-Fi experience would only further the rail’s cause.
- summaryNew York's Penn Station is still a mess, and it will likely stay that wayTransport
The best way to improve Penn Station and Madison Square Garden is with a wrecking ball.
- summaryDubai’s Atlantis hotel is in the market for loan to refinance its debtDestinations
The Atlantis' early excesses were excessive -- even by Dubai standards. They led to the exit of former owner Kerzner, and since then they've been more conservative.
- summaryWhy Las Vegas' CityCenter resort and gaming complex isn't a laughing matterUncategorized
CityCenter was one of the most grand developments since the building of the Strip itself over five decades ago. Although it has started to inch its way into profitability, it will always be connected to the U.S.'s 2008 real estate crash.
- summaryStarwood hotel vet and Hawaii/Pacific local to step down from leadership roleDestinations
Hotel brands have a difficult time deciding how to incorporate local staff into leadership positions. Luckily, Vieira has demonstrated how it could be done.
- summaryMemphis barbecue will keep its global renown despite death of restaurant chain's founderDestinations
Delta may have abandoned Memphis, but its blues and barbecue will attract visitors and generate pride forever. Don Pelts helped export Memphis barbecue around the world.
- summaryLuxury hotels personalize wake-up calls to build brand loyaltyRooms
Hotel chains are taking pains to different themselves with even the smallest details as they work to capture the largest share possible of the rebounding business travel market.
- summaryStudy suggests U.S. passengers are learning to accept baggage feesTransport
Customers are still looking at the ticket price first, as opposed to the total cost of the flight with the bags they want to take. That is a learning process, but it's not certain if this will turn into full acceptance of the fees.
- summaryBaby boomers drive family travel trend by investing in once-in-a-lifetime tripsDestinations
Cruise lines and all-inclusive resorts are designed for this and offer food and activity options for every age group. But more and more families are looking to take risks on more expensive and remote vacations.
- summarySpain bullfighting ban pushed by Nobel prize winnerDestinations
There's room for disagreement on the bullfighting issue. It's certainly a cruel "sport," but it's also part of Spanish culture. We wouldn't be sad to see it banned.
- summaryMilitary flight restrictions in China are a major threat to airline growthTransport
There's a bit of Cold War in China's behavior right now. Whether or not the free market will break through the bureaucracy will be fascinating for spectators to watch.
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- summary10 Tumblr sites that are making travel more interestingDigital
Can Yahoo use Tumblr to reinvigorate its company as a whole and, along the way, lift its travel products out of the doldrums?
- summaryWhat it's like to run a travel agency specializing in visits to IraqDestinations
When people speak of the health of the travel agent profession, they're speaking about agencies like this which produce a specialized product that even the best efforts of Priceline and Expedia couldn't match.
- summaryAtlantic Coast tourism leaders worry about the coming hurricane seasonDestinations
Relying solely on prayer and good luck to protect a destination from natural disasters is a poor way to prepare for a storm, but this scene is playing itself out up and down the Atlantic Coast right now.
- summaryTravel in Tunisia: Separating the headlines from realityDestinations
Of course Tunisia wants its tourism back, but visitors will continue to be cautious while matters still appear to be unstable.
- summaryHistoric preservation vs. tourism development on Mackinac IslandDestinations
There needs to be a better balance between development and preservation in places like Mackinac. It's not just about new hotels but about having an environment where infrastructure keeps pace with the times instead of staying in the past.
- summaryPakistan's ailing trains show a country a long way from getting on trackDestinations
Only about one-third of the 500 train engines in Pakistan are said to be operational. Its railways are so unreliable that many people skip them altogether, and prefer to take a bus. As the story says, if you want to understand Pakistan, "see its railways."
- summaryTop ten iPhone apps for business travelersDigital
Apps for mapping, meals, and itinerary trackers are the lifeblood of business travelers on the road, but any top app list must be taken with a grain of salt since selection is highly personal.
- LATAM Airlines settles labor issue, will resume flights to ArgentinaTransport
- summaryFrance's legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc goes real estate shopping in LondonDestinations
Considering the power of luxury brand names in London and other major cities, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc could do well. But perhaps the Oetkers should look to licensing the name and avoid buying real estate in this market.
- summaryWhy it's a very good idea for passengers to learn airport codesTransport
It isn't a bad idea for passengers to know codes, but Turkish Airlines' mistake began with its agent not knowing the airport code either, and then spelling the name incorrectly while hunting for the right one.
- summaryFormer Ryanair flight attendant claims "exploitation" by budget carrierTransport
The conditions for the Ryanair flight attendant were not good, but they're not that different than the conditions most flight attendants and other staff work under.
- summaryThe remote Pacific island that the U.S. military wants to turn into a bombing rangeDestinations
An erupting volcano forced Pagan's residents to leave, but turning the island into a destination for military exercises will keep them away for much longer, even as it boosts the economies of nearby islands.
- summaryFalling yen in Japan is leading to rising tourism numbersDestinations
Outbound tourism from Japan will cause big hits in markets like Korea and smaller ones in Hawaii, but the influx of visitors across Japan will not only help the country get back on track, but will help dispel the notion that Japan is too expensive.
- summarySummer travel up in the air: Cramped seats, rising fees and delaysTransport
Mixed in with the cramped seats, rising fees and potential delays, there will also be sunny skies, beach and suntan lotion. Let's not forget that.
- summaryDo Hailo and Uber taxi e-hail apps defy a NYC judge's orders? Nobody knowsTransport
The fate of the pilot program will be decided on by Monday, but we are certain that this will not be the end of legislative confusion, no matter what that “final” decision is.
- Royal Caribbean gets new CFO as veteran departsTransport
- summaryAmtrak NY-Boston service shut for the weekend after commuter rail crashTransport
This Metro North crash has a ripple effect, with riders from Washington, D.C., arriving in New York and having no way to continue by rail on to Connecticut and Boston. Some are pointing to restarting service on Monday, but it could take longer.
- summaryGoogle Glass: No relief from privacy invasion even at the urinalDigital
You can read this story and, given the privacy implications, almost think it is a hoax. Sure, people can already take their smartphone cameras into public restrooms, but if you can indeed wink and take a photo with Google Glass, then there is literally nowhere to hide.
- summaryTrendy travel buzzwords for your next mancation or floatel stayRooms
Staycations grew out of economic crisis, but "spafaris" seem to be an eggregious marketing stretch. At any rate, it's a jungle out there.
- summaryHow Google creatively maps terrain too tight for carsDigital
Google's drivers may feel skiddish about squeezing into some of the tight places that require mapping so Google has rigged all kinds of contraptions to map places such as hiking trails in the Grand Canyon. Google's quest to map the world is one of its most challenging -- and rewarding -- undertakings.
- summaryIndian circuses struggle to stay alive without children and wild animalsDestinations
Circuses are important to the India’s cultural and historical past, but the death of the industry is likely considered progress among its conservation and education advocates.
- summaryEurostar train direct from London to Provence -- and into the life of CezanneDestinations
Cezanne transformed mundane objects into ever-lasting works of art while, in a very modest way, Eurostar's first direct rail service -- London to Aix-en-Provence -- is improving access to the region so people can discover how the old master did it.
- summaryVerona considers charging tourists to see Romeo and Juliet's famous balconyDestinations
The 2-euro charge would be just the first in a series of steps the city is taking to capitalize on its reputation as one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
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