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Added 28 May, 2018

Consumer laws and airline policies often entitle passengers to receive compensation from carriers when flights experience major delays or cancellations. But few jilted passengers file the paperwork to claim what they deserve. Enter, Kayak, the travel price-comparison search engine. Quietly for the past few months, it has been using its...

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Added 26 May, 2018

A new project in The Hague offers residents free lot parking rather than on-street parking. The freed-up street space is still for use by residents’, albeit with a different purpose. Citizens willing to forego on-street parking may turn their space into whatever they like. The project is being tested on six streets in the council’s westerly...

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Added 21 May, 2018

Dutifully picking up where his carbon neutrality-aspiring predecessor left off, newly elected Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado made quite the pledge at his inauguration ceremony: by 2021 — the year of Costa Rica's bicentennial — the preternaturally happy Central American nation will have completely weaned itself off the use of fossil fuels...

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Added 18 May, 2018

Norway’s majestic fjords have become popular tourist attractions over the years. For example, more than 300.000 cruise passenger visited Geiranger last year and as a result of it, the local air pollution has become a periodical health hazard.

Now the Norwegian Parliament has acted to halt emissions from cruise ships and ferries in the...

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Added 17 May, 2018

The city of Venice has installed tourist turnstile checkpoints at main entry points to divert visitors along separate routes. Some residents last week protested the turnstiles (see photos in tweet below) and feel their city is increasingly becoming a theme park. Last month, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro announced an ordinance that was in effect...

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Added 7 May, 2018

Virgin Trains have today become the first travel operator in the world to sell tickets through Amazon Alexa, with customers now able to book Advance Single tickets using just their voice.

The innovative collaboration will enable rail travellers to sort their tickers with one simple voice-based transaction via an Alexa-enabled Amazon...

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Added 1 May, 2018

The largest hotel company in the world is putting Airbnb, HomeAway, and Booking.com on notice — along with fellow hoteliers AccorHotels and Hyatt. Marriott International is launching its official foray into the homesharing market via a six-month pilot in partnership with London-based home rental management company, Hostmaker. Travelers can log...

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Added 19 April, 2018

Mercedes-Benz is the latest automaker to launch a subscription service that gives customers access to a variety of cars for a single monthly fee. Multiple subscription tiers are available, with a broad array of Mercedes-Benz offerings including SUV, sedan, coupe, cabriolet, roadster, and wagon models, as well as high-performance AMG models....

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Added 17 April, 2018

German low-cost company FlixBus is beginning daily service of a new green bus. The service will link the French capital to the northern city of Amiens, a 160 kilometres journey which will take a little over two hours. The bus, which seats 49, has all the advantages of an electric vehicle: zero emissions, quiet, and drives more smoothly than its...

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Added 17 April, 2018

The world's first electric roadway, which can charge commercial and passenger vehicles while on the move, has opened in Sweden. An electric truck working for the logistics company PostNord will over the next 12 months use the road to stay charged as it shuttles deliveries between Arlanda Airport and its distribution centre 12km away. The truck...