Quartz: Indians are now travelling for Instagram . “‘Do it for the gram’ seems to be the new motto all around. People are undertaking do-it-yourself projects, restaurants are designing aesthetically-pleasing dishes and designers are creating spaces with Instagram-worthy backdrops. And travel is no different. The once budget-conscious Indian traveller now has an equally—or perhaps more—important box to tick when choosing accommodation: it must look good on Instagram, Facebook, and other such platforms.”
This is from the end of April, but I just now spotted it thanks to a link from a different story in Total Croatia News: Meet TasteAtlas, the First Global Local Food Map: Interview With Matija Babic. This is a map that lets you search and find out what food is popular with locals. I tried it with cities around here and it wasn’t bad.
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.”