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Added 2 November, 2018

The so-called homesharing economy continues to heat up. Expedia Group said it had acquired two small startups — Pillow and ApartmentJet — which help owners of multifamily residential communities list and manage short-term rentals while complying with local regulations. Pillow, a San Francisco-based startup, had raised $16 million in capital,...

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Added 30 October, 2018

If any more evidence was needed that the microbrew trend is here to stay, it's provided by Carnival Cruise Lines, as the company has installed brewing equipment on several of their ships, and hired brewmaster Colin Presby to oversee the operations. Presby’s job is to make Carnival a destination for craft beer fans like him — as well as a place...

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Added 28 October, 2018

Equinox is one of the largest owner of gyms in America. When the company opens its first line of hotels in 2019, it will also enter another travel industry sector by rolling out multi-day luxury tours around the world next April. New York-based Equinox has partnered with Leah Howe, formerly of Toronto-based Butterfield & Robinson, and New...

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Added 27 October, 2018

The Terrafugia Transition was first shown to the world in 2010 but has taken years to come to fruition. Spurred on by Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, which acquired the company last year, Terrafugia now says it will start deliveries of the Transition in 2019, almost a decade after its original debut. When operating in flying...

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Added 24 October, 2018

Richard Branson's Virgin airlines began as party planes, with their dance club-like cabin lights and friendly, down-to-earth service. Now, the business mogul is venturing into a different kind of travel experience with his new cruise line, Virgin Voyages. Renderings of the Scarlet Lady, Virgin's first ship, have been released, and it looks like...

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Added 23 October, 2018

Esports is becoming bigger and bigger every day. With that knowledge, non-endemic brands are fighting to enter the scene, aiming to do something new to draw attention to themselves. That's why Taiwanese hotel chain 168inn has launched an "i Hotel", a hotel designed with the aim of attracting esports enthusiasts. (In a video published earlier...

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Added 22 October, 2018

The world's first full-sized Hyperloop passenger capsule has been unveiled in Spain giving those in attendance a glimpse of the future. California based company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) revealed the slimline capsule, which can reach speeds of 1,220 kilometres per hour. The high-tech transportation would allow a trip...

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Added 18 October, 2018

Given recent market turmoil, it would easy to overlook the upcoming IPO of Niu Technologies, a Chinese manufacturer of electric mopeds. The $95 million the company plans to raise is a pittance compared to the billions burnt by Tesla Inc. But, the technologies developed by Niu and other pioneers of electric two-wheel vehicles will transform...

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Added 17 October, 2018

Alibaba announced its new robot butler, saying they will be delivering meals and laundry to hotel guests this year. Guests can talk to the robots, which come equipped with its Alexa-like voice assistant, AliGenie. The AI-powered voice assistant already appears in its Tmall Genie, a US$70 gadget designed for the home. Alibaba claims that Tmall...

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Added 13 October, 2018

Expedia continues to bet on voice-based search as it debuted hotel search, booking, cancellations, and loyalty point access on Google Assistant through a new Expedia Action. The move is similar to Expedia’s capabilities on other virtual assistants, Amazon Alexa devices, which debuted in 2016. With the new Expedia Action, in addition to hotel...