Vietnam+: VNAT, VnTrip team up in digitalising Vietnamese tourism database. “The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the firm VnTrip recently signed an agreement on building a database of 360 degree pictures of tourism destinations.”
The Verge: Google’s Touring Bird is a travel tool to help vacationers find free activities in new cities. “Google’s incubator Area 120 is at it again with a new tool to help you find vacation activities. The tool, called Touring Bird, is a website designed for mobile that lists tours, attractions, and activities to do in popular travel destinations. You can filter by price from zero to over $500, time of day, duration, and even by cancellation policies, which sounds convenient.” The site has limited coverage for now.
Quartz: Deep-learning algorithms are being used to detect lithium-ion batteries in airport luggage. “I’ve had the distinct displeasure of boarding a flight, and then being called by name to deplane. This happened three years ago on a flight in India from Kochi to Mumbai, and my crime was leaving a lithium-ion battery in my checked-in luggage.”
Business Insider: We compared Google Flights and Kayak to find out which one is better for booking travel, and there’s an obvious winner. “Before booking any kind of travel, I always start in the exact same place: Kayak. The travel site has been my go-to for years, helping me book everything from business trips to vacations to quick weekend getaways. But as time goes on, I’ve started wondering: Am I finding the best flights? Is there an easier-to-use site out there?”
AZCentral: VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism. “Not all VR is about imagining new, fantastical realities. It also enables people to explore the real world without leaving the house — or even the couch. This summer, Taliesin West, the Scottsdale landmark and winter home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, added to this ever-growing online library of re-created reality when it launched an immersive ‘digital experience’ that can be viewed on 3-D goggles or by pointing and clicking on a computer screen.”
Bing Blogs: Intelligent Search that can save you money: hotel booking, home services price ranges, and more. “The Internet has put thousands of stores and service providers at our fingertips, allowing us to buy goods and services with the click of a button. This convenience comes with a set of challenges, especially when it comes to deciding which product to buy, which provider to hire, and how to get the most value for our money. Consumers cite anxiety and the fear of buyer’s remorse as their major pain points. Today Bing is happy to announce the launch of new intelligent features designed to allow you to estimate and compare prices across multiple providers, give you insights to make the right trade-offs around price, and get more savings on products through a new deals experience – all built to help you save money.”
Digital Trends: How to take travel photos with just your smartphone. “Big cameras mean big features — and trekking to a travel destination with gear heavy enough to put a kink in the neck and extra baggage fees in the airline ticket. Smartphone cameras, on the other hand, are perfect for travel photography. They are easy cameras to pack, because it’s always in your pocket, and the newest models have great specs for capturing great images (and videos) of entire vacations, from start to finish (you can also quickly share to social media to induce instant jealousy from your followers). But, are they ideal for travel photography — do you risk missing out on something by not bringing more advanced cameras?” A deeper dive than the usual “Don’t use optical zoom.”