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Booking.com taps ‘second cities’ and ‘slow-mo travel’ as top trends for 2020

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly’s editor has tapped crocks and socks as a top trend for 2020. We’ve banned him from leaving the office until he changes his shoes.

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Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: Booking.com launches on-demand ride-hailing, Utracks sees Italy spike, cycling in Sri Lanka + MORE!

Reading today’s Road & Rail Wrap is kind of like watching Murder on the Orient Express, except with far less murder and Belgian accents. Although it certainly involves trains.

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Tourism

Halloween Wrap: top dark tourism spots for 2020, Luna Park hosts Halloscream, stay in the Addams Family mansion + MORE!

We’re getting into the spooky spirit today by dressing our office dog as a ghost and letting him loose in the building. Except we forgot to add eye holes, so he hasn’t made it past the office entrance yet.

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Technology

Serko expands agreement with Booking.com, as Booking Holdings gets behind capital raise

by Huntley Mitchell

Wondering why these two fellas in the accompanying photo look overly happy? Well, you could click on this story to find out or, alternatively, just read the headline.

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Technology

Booking.com entertains travellers in giant sandcastle, gives it cringeworthy name

by Christian Fleetwood

We’re hoping this one can stand the force of a stiff breeze and that the beds aren’t also made of sand.

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Hotels

Guests give hotel five-star reviews, despite it not being open

A hotel in Dublin has been on the receiving end of shining reviews before opening to the public. Find out how here.

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Hotels

CAPA 2019: experts discuss the future of travel in the Millennial economy

by Christian Fleetwood

According to a group of experts at this year’s CAPA Summit, there’s a greater need for hotels to be more dynamic. Read what they had to say here.

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Technology

Booking.com gives Aussies the chance to stay in a giant avocado for a day

by Christian Fleetwood

For the odd few who have ever wanted to be accommodated by a piece of fruit or a vegetable, you just missed out on the chance to stay in an avocado.

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Aviation

Aviation wrap: Fiji Airways’ massive sale, Finnair commission changes + MORE

This week’s aviation wrap contains some good news and some bad news. But mostly good news.

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Hotels

Tourist gets Airbnb, Booking.com host banned for using racial slurs

A racist Airbnb and Booking.com host has been removed from both platforms for calling a tourist a “monkey” and a “n*****”. Good riddance.

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Travel Agents

Wholesalers

Flavour of the Week: Booking Holdings’ management shake-up, AWA wins Maldives account, Port Macquarie appoints Gate 7 + more!

There have been some grandiose movements locally and globally in the travel industry of late. Almost as grandiose as our editor’s quadruple-shot espresso with two marshmallows this morn.

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Hotels

Technology

Amadeus signs landmark deal with Booking.com to boost accommodation content

Amadeus appears to be the new black in the travel industry, with the tech player announcing yet another partnership.

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