Travel Weekly: Tripadvisor (TA) Will Incorporate Cruise Travel Experiences Into Its Reviews Database, Allowing Travellers Around The World To Compare Maritime Trips.. “Currently only available in the United States and United Kingdom, TripAdvisor Cruises will give travellers the TripAdvisor treatment: the ability to review and post photographs of cruise trips, by expanding maritime getaways to an audience of up to half a billion monthly users. The database will expand to other markets in the coming months, TripAdvisor said in a release, with additional cruise lines, cruise ships, cruise ship deck plans, features and content to be on offer.”
Zawya: New Accessible Travel Database announced by German National Tourist Board (PRESS RELEASE). “The German National Tourist Board has launched a new and comprehensive online database for BarrierFree (accessible) travel, the first of its kind to include a national labelling and ‘Accessibility Checked’ identification seal. Entitled ‘Travel for All’, the database enables the user to search for a wide range of accessible holiday facilities throughout Germany including accommodation, restaurants, activities, shopping centres and essential services such as accessible transport and local tourism offices.”
CNET: Over half of vacationers pick locales based on ‘Insta-worthiness,’ study finds. “More than half of US travelers chose their vacation destination based on how good the photos would look on Instagram, according to eDreams. US travelers come in third, however, after 58% of Italian travelers and 55% of Spanish travelers.”
The Real Deal: This beach club owner is taking a stand against influencers. “Gianluca Casaccia, the manager and co-owner of the White Banana Beach Club, posted on a message on Facebook dissuading influencers from reaching out to him: ‘We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers. We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested to “collaborate” with self-proclaimed “influencers.” And we would like to suggest to try another way to eat, drink, or sleep for free. Or try to actually work.'”
MarketWatch: This fascinating new tool lets you map the cheapest flights to anywhere from any city. “Check out this tool from students at the MIT Senseable City Lab. It’s called ‘Escape’ and it shows you what the cheapest flights to different spots are on given dates. The idea is to help you narrow down your vacation choices based on price.”
Stornoway Gazette: First Insta-friendly map is created for the Outer Hebrides. “The limited-edition map of Uist in the Outer Hebrides embodies the ‘hands-on’ character of an old school map with its traditional layout and trusted grid reference points – but with a modern-day twist. A special new Insta-friendly symbol has been created and added to the map to sit alongside the traditional ‘place of worship’ and ‘museum’ symbols from map reading days gone-by.”
Mashable: Website secretly livestreamed 1,600 unwitting hotel guests for paying members. “Four individuals have been arrested for a scheme allegedly involving spy cams in 42 motel rooms across South Korea and the livestreaming of up to 1,600 unwitting guests. The intended audience, however, was much larger than just those four — a website broadcast the videos to its over 4,000 members, at least some of whom paid for access.” Nice reading this right before I’m about to spend three days in a hotel.