Reuters: Social media inspires Japanese women to dash into rickshaw pulling

Reuters: Social media inspires Japanese women to dash into rickshaw pulling. “[Yuka] Akimoto is one of a handful of women who have chosen to pull rickshaws in Tokyo, attracted to the male-dominated profession through social media, which in turn has given some of these female pullers a strong local and international following.”

A True Tourist Trap: This Hotel in Japan Doesn’t Exist (Unseen Japan)

Unseen Japan: A True Tourist Trap: This Hotel in Japan Doesn’t Exist. “FNN Prime Online in Japan relates the story of a 19-year-old man who found a promising-looking hotel via the Website Booking.com for his trip to Chiba Prefecture. The listing said the hotel had just opened this summer. It contained convincing-looking photos of a terrace with BBQs, as well as interior pictures of the rooms. So the young man headed out for what he assumed would be a pleasant outing in the town of Ichinomiya. Ichinomiya bills itself as a seaside town, with much of its tourist advertising oriented towards surfers or people who want to learn surfing. Alas, whatever plans the 19-year-old had wouldn’t work out. Because when he got to his hotel, there was nothing but an empty grass lot.”

Leaf peepers beware: One of Vermont’s most photographed foliage spots closed to tourists (VT Digger)

VT Digger: Leaf peepers beware: One of Vermont’s most photographed foliage spots closed to tourists. “Amid social media-induced traffic jams, the towns of Pomfret and Woodstock plan to close roads this fall leading to a popular foliage photo op. Pomfret’s picturesque Sleepy Hollow Farm has featured in films and magazines for years…. But town officials say that since the advent of social media, hundreds of cars and thousands of tourists now flock to the dirt road every fall.”

United Nations World Tourism Organization: UNWTO And G20 Launch Dashboard To Support Tourism In Advancing The SDGs

United Nations World Tourism Organization: UNWTO And G20 Launch Dashboard To Support Tourism In Advancing The SDGs. “Ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit next 9-10 September, UNWTO has worked with the Presidency through India’s Ministry of Tourism on the G20 Tourism and SDGs Dashboard…. The Dashboard showcases the pillars of the Goa Roadmap for Tourism as a Vehicle for Achieving the SDGs around the five priority areas set for the Tourism Working Group, which are: 1. Green Tourism; 2. Digitalization; 3. Skills; 4. Tourism MSMEs and 5. Destination Management.”

The Local France: France creates new guide of disability-accessible hotels, shops and restaurants

The Local France: France creates new guide of disability-accessible hotels, shops and restaurants. “The French government has created a new website that lists the hotels, cafés, shops, restaurants and other public establishments that are accessible to people with disabilities. The website is called Accès Libre (free access) and it has been put together with the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games in mind – although it covers the whole of France, not just the capital.”

PCMag: Google Flights Will Tell You the Cheapest Time to Book a Ticket

PCMag: Google Flights Will Tell You the Cheapest Time to Book a Ticket. “Google is trying to solve a problem that has long vexed travelers everywhere: When is the best time to book the cheapest flight? Starting this week, the company will answer that question through Google Flights.”

The Verge: Microsoft says listing the Ottawa Food Bank as a tourist destination wasn’t the result of ‘unsupervised AI’

The Verge: Microsoft says listing the Ottawa Food Bank as a tourist destination wasn’t the result of ‘unsupervised AI’. “The ‘human oversight’ curating algorithmic content on MSN somehow missed a list of tourist hot spots that put the food bank at number three.’

VietNamnet: Foreign travelers now can look up street names via QR codes

VietNamnet: Foreign travelers now can look up street names via QR codes. “Tam Ky built a database and digitized the names of streets and routes in the city in a plan to apply high technology to store, disseminate and explain the history of the country and localities. This allows locals and foreign travelers to learn about every street in a simple way, with their smartphones via QR Code.”

CNN: Passenger uses AirTag to track the bike his airline lost

CNN: Passenger uses AirTag to track the bike his airline lost . “When your luggage goes missing, it’s bad enough. Tackling the start of your vacation without your clothes or toiletries? It’s not something most of us want to do. But when your luggage itself is the reason you’re traveling in the first place, it gets considerably worse. Luckily for Barry Sherry, when it happened to him, he had a secret weapon: a luggage tracker.”

Boing Boing: TikToker calls out and publicly shames pickpockets in Venice, Italy

Boing Boing: TikToker calls out and publicly shames pickpockets in Venice, Italy. “Pickpockets in the tourist areas of Venice Italy aren’t taking kindly to a TikToker who records them on video and loudly shouts “Attenzione pickpocket!” (‘Attention, pickpocket!’) to warn people in crowded areas that fast-fingered fiends are in the vicinity.”

Boing Boing: City Hop allows you to listen to chill tunes as you virtually walk around various cities

Boing Boing: City Hop allows you to listen to chill tunes as you virtually walk around various cities . “City Hop allows you to listen to chill tunes as you virtually walk around various cities. You can change music or city as often as you’d like. I love how each city-view makes me feel like I’m really there, wandering up and down the streets.” Neat!

University of New South Wales: Travelling overseas? This map shows the hot spot areas for deadly crowd accidents

University of New South Wales: Travelling overseas? This map shows the hot spot areas for deadly crowd accidents. “Researchers create database of more than 280 crowd accidents over the past 120 years and propose new ‘Swiss Cheese’ model aimed at reducing deaths and injuries down to zero in future.”

Lincoln Journal-Star: WanderNebraska kicks off second year with 150 sites across state

Lincoln Journal-Star: WanderNebraska kicks off second year with 150 sites across state. “This Memorial Day weekend, the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation will launch its 2023 WanderNebraska Travel Adventure Program with an expanded list of more than 150 sites across the state…To make things easier, the foundation also launched a new website featuring information about all 150 sites, including hours of operation, upcoming events, a map for directions and more.”

Skift: Expedia Asked Google to Crack Down on Bait and Switch Hotel Rates

Skift: Expedia Asked Google to Crack Down on Bait and Switch Hotel Rates. “Expedia Group told Google that the bait and switch tactics that some online travel agencies deploy in Google’s price comparison feature, Google Hotels, is ‘screwed up’ and Google made some satisfactory changes. That’s according to Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern, who discussed the issue with Skift last week, and mentioned it at the company’s partner conference in Seattle, as well.”

On Your Side: Greether pairs female travelers with local women as guides (KCAL)

KCAL: On Your Side: Greether pairs female travelers with local women as guides. “A new website aims to make women feel safer when traveling alone, or in a country they’re unfamiliar with. Women are more likely than men to travel alone, but that can come with risks. The website Greether aims to empower more women to go solo and do it safely.”