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Google rides bikeshare tech into latest Maps update

by Christian Fleetwood

Coincidentally, Travel Weekly’s editor recently jazzed up his own bike by adding handle tassles, spoke beads and a sissy bar.

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OPINION: Three trends that will disrupt the travel industry

by Gihan Perera

Since Travel Weekly’s editor spilled coffee on the office tarot cards, we’ve consulted a futurist to bring you all the latest trends you should be keeping an eye on.

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Renewed calls for travel booking giants to ban Israeli settlement listings

by Christian Fleetwood

Travel booking giants Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor have been accused of sustaining tourism to illegal Israeli settlements.

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STUDY: Online reviews a top source of information when booking trips

It looks like your clients may be searching for a second opinion when it comes to hotel and experience recommendations.

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How will Instagram’s ‘likes’ trial affect travel marketers?

by Christian Fleetwood

Instagram has hidden the number of likes from posts in a bid to return to a content focus, but what does that mean for businesses using them as a tool to measure engagement? Read on to find out.

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“You cannot ignore the magnitude of influence”: Agency boss’ Instagram warning

Don’t consider Instagram as a powerful force in the travel industry. Well, a prominent agency boss has warned you to think again.

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Airbnb host’s list of nightmare bathroom requests goes viral

Among the very specific and highly unrealistic requests was that “gentlemen” must remain seated for “both for number one and number two” and all signs of “passage” must be removed. Yikes.

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Microchips to tell travellers when hotel linens were last washed

Travel Weekly’s editor likes to wash his linens just once a year – twice if he manages to accidentally get spew on the sheets.

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Google gives Translate app a major upgrade

Travelling in a country where you don’t speak the local language has just become a whole lot easier, thanks to the tech giant.

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Travelport appoints new CEO, forms new long-term partnership with Webjet

Travelport’s new boss seems to keep quite a neat and tidy appearance, much unlike Travel Weekly’s editor, who has a bit of a vagabond look about him today.

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Chinese authorities are installing a surveillance app on tourists’ phones, investigation finds

Border officers are reportedly installing a surveillance app on tourists’ phones before they cross certain borders, giving authorities access to text messages, phone logs, calendar entries and other pieces of data.

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Telstra’s phone plan overhaul will ditch international data roaming

Planning on travelling internationally while using an Australian phone plan from Telstra? You may want to read this to check how the changes to data roaming will effect you.

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