Phys .org: Social media can encourage tourists to make more sustainable choices. “In tourism, social media has traditionally been used as a tool for marketing, but it can also influence our consumer behavior and to nudge us in the direction of increasingly sustainable choices. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Southern California have analyzed the role of social media in the reduction of food waste in tourism.”
USA Today: Google Flights aims to save flyers money with new alerts on nearby airports, travel dates . “Google rolled out a new feature in November for all users that notifies them when cheaper flights are available at nearby airports, Craig Ewer, a spokesperson for Google, confirmed to USA TODAY. Google also now offers a similar feature that notifies you if altering your travel dates could mean saving a significant chunk of change.”
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.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Use the Google Translate App Like a Pro. “Initially, Google Translate was a Web version for desktop devices, but all that has changed, as you can use the mobile app to translate whatever you want while on the go from your smartphone. It’s as easy as typing in anything, and the app will translate it into another language. You also have other options like using your camera to scan text and get it translated, plus much more.”
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.”
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.