Matthew Braga writes: I don't think I know a single person my age who's ever booked a flight, hotel, or car through a travel agent. This is anecdotal, to be fair — there could be those in their mid-20s who recoil at the thought of using a site like Expedia or Hipmunk's mobile app — but I suspect my experience is fairly common. Why ever talk to a human again when booking a trip is just a click or tap away?
The Washington Post
The Obama family will be taking in the sights of Cuba this week — and soon, you could do the same. Just before the president's plane touched down in Havana for a historic visit, his administration announced that it will allow travelers from around the world to visit Cuba through Airbnb. The San Francisco-based online platform connects users with local residents who offer up their homes for lodging purposes.
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Las Vegas is the latest travel company to let travelers have a taste of a destination or experience via virtual reality between they go.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has released an application providing travelers with a glimpse of what happens in Vegas.
The Virtual Reality Companion app, available for both Apple and Android devices, offers 12 Las Vegas clips that can be viewed on a smartphone or using a virtual reality device such as Google Cardboard or Oculus.
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
Imagine watching frantic shopkeepers busily extinguish the Great Fire of London, or sheltering from Nazi bombing raids during the Blitz.
Now, thanks to a new virtual reality app, you can travel back in time to be immersed in these events.
The Timelooper app allows users to experience key moments in London history with just a smartphone and a cardboard headset.
These days most people don't wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disappointing — where are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your expectations will never match up to reality.
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In Las Vegas, a city that proclaims itself to be a buffet of minor sins there for the taking, no one particularly wants to stand in line to join the action or to simply go and unwind. But that was the problem that Caesars Entertainment was having.
"Vegas is a tough place, because you've got these massive resorts and you have to deal with large groups arriving on airplanes at very specific times," said Tariq Shaukat, the executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Caesars.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide accepted a sweetened $13.6 billion offer to merge with Marriott International creating the largest hotel chain in the world and thwarting Chinese insurer Anbang's latest effort to broaden its lodging portfolio.
Marriott raised its bid for Starwood from $65.33 a share to $79.53 a share, greater than Anbang's offer of $78 a share. Starwood shareholders will receive $21 cash and 0.8 shares of Marriott Class A common stock for each share of Starwood common stock.
The Daily Dot
Jo Piazza writes: Seventeen years ago I piled into a van with four of my roommates in Sydney, Australia. We set out driving around dinner time, just as the sun went down and proceeded to get lost six times. With no GPS to guide us, just an old road Atlas obtained from a gas station, we had to guess where we were going.
Business Travel News
Air transportation IT provider SITA has developed biometric technology to simplify the airport security process. SITA Smart Path will scan a passenger's face, compare it against travel documents and create a secure token passengers can use for check-in, bag drops, border control and gate access.
Flying economy class is never comfortable, but my grandparents always used to get dressed up before traveling; now, after 9/11 security measures and discount flights, easy-on, easy-off flip-flops and sweat pants seem to be de rigueur. And then there's that guy sitting next to you that decides to take off his shoes.