Google Blog: Speak easy while traveling with Google Maps. “This month, we’re adding a new translator feature that enables your phone to speak out a place’s name and address in the local lingo. Simply tap the new speaker button next to the place name or address, and Google Maps will say it out loud, making your next trip that much simpler. And when you want to have a deeper conversation, Google Maps will quickly link you to the Google Translate app.”
Wall Street Journal (I do not have a subscription and this was not paywalled when I looked at it, but your mileage may vary): Travel Sites Fault Google for Revenue Slowdowns. “TripAdvisor Inc. …and Expedia…Group Inc. are struggling to navigate shifts in how Google delivers information to consumers who use its search engine to plan travel. Shares of both travel-focused companies fell sharply Thursday after executives at both companies cited how Google handles travel-related searches. TripAdvisor’s stock fell 20%, while shares of Expedia dropped 25%.”
Travel Market Report: New Website Tool Helps Tourists Navigate Regions Affected by Wildfires. “State tourism organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington have rolled out an enhanced website to provide travelers and advisors with up-to-date information about the ongoing wildfires. [The site] now includes webcams and real-time air-quality information at key destinations and multi-state itineraries to inform travelers who may decide to reroute road trips or seek more planning ideas for trips to the West Coast.”
NoCamels: The Wikipedia Of Graves: Israeli App CemoMemo Brings Cemeteries Into The Digital World. “CemoMemo, a collaborative documentation platform for gravestones, is undertaking the digitization of headstones to turn cemetery visitations into unique historical explorations.” Some VERY interesting differences between this project and FindAGrave.
From Harefield Radio, and I should note here this is UK-only: Dog Furiendly’s New Website Becomes a TripAdvisor For Dog Owners. “Dog Furiendly has unveiled a new interactive website for dog owners across the UK. The free-to-use website features a sophisticated search engine to find dog friendly places and dog-related events.” I did a search for listings within 10 miles of Chichester, and found 10 listings. A search for listings within 10 miles of Liverpool found 68 listings.
Google Blog: Touring Bird lands with Google to plan your perfect trip. “Touring Bird helps you explore and compare prices and options across providers and makes it easier to book tours, tickets and activities in top destinations around the world. You can do all this in a single place—saving both research time and money. We also wanted to make travel more fun and memorable by making it easier to discover unique things to do, like how to trace the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes in London, visit Senso-ji temple in Tokyo at night or explore hidden catacombs in New York City.”
New York Times: Cruise Line Bars Woman Who Climbed on Balcony Railing for Selfie. “A photograph taken this week on a Caribbean cruise ship quickly gained widespread attention but it wasn’t of a pink-sand beach, a zip-lining adventure or an onboard skydiving simulator. It was of a woman standing on a balcony railing of her stateroom on one of the world’s largest cruise ships — posing for a selfie.”