Stepping in as new travel habits form

Left  Locall Thailand, part of the Satarana social enterprise network, helps connect unemployed motorcycle-taxi drivers and tour guides to local restaurants in need of delivery services.
Left  Locall Thailand, part of the Satarana social enterprise network, helps connect unemployed motorcycle-taxi drivers and tour guides to local restaurants in need of delivery services.

In the post-pandemic world, where technology plays a more crucial role in reshaping habits, travel tech companies are connecting the space between technology and travel and accelerating the reboot of Thai tourism after being hit hard by the global health emergency.

When safety becomes the primary concern, new lifestyles that require social distancing practices are needed. Online booking processes can help make this available.

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Rungsun Promprasith, chief executive of QueQ, a queue-management application, said that after the Covid-19 outbreak the company partnered with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to provide tourist advance reservations via the QueQ app to limit the number of tourists.

There is plenty of demand from tourists asking for online payment channels, which prompted the

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10 of the UK’s best eco-friendly hotels

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As the climate crisis continues to bite, it’s good to know that some hoteliers are doing their bit for the environment. From biomass boilers to kitchen garden cuisine, up and down the UK properties are getting innovative when it comes to upping their green credentials. Here’s the Editor’s Choice of 10 of the best eco-friendly hotels, from the newly published 2021 Good Hotel Guide.



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The Zetter, Clerkenwell, London

A 1,500-foot borehole supplies water to flush the loos and cool the rooms; if you open a window the air conditioning cuts out. This hip hotel is itself upcycled from a Victorian warehouse, using

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Two-thirds of Indiana’s hotels face closure

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About two-thirds of Indiana’s hotels could be forced to close permanently in the coming months if Congress doesn’t provide more financial relief to the beleaguered hospitality industry that’s been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a national lobbying group says.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association, estimates that nearly 700 of Indiana’s 1,042 hotels will permanently close within the next six months if they don’t obtain additional funding, based on numbers from a national survey of its members earlier this month.

Nearly half of the state’s hotels could also face the risk of foreclosure, the survey found.


The conclusions highlight what the lobbying group says is a crucial need for more financial support from Congress to aid the nation’s hospitality industry, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported. “It’s time for Congress to put politics aside and prioritize American workers in the hardest-hit industries,” Chip Rogers, president and CEO of

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where to travel for some winter sun



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As autumn truly sets in and the weather takes a cool turn, you may, like us, be dreaming of your next sunny trip abroad. Greece has always been one of Europe’s touristic hotspots, understandably so for its mouthwatering cuisine, mesmerising islands and the warm hospitality of its people.

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Luckily, at the time of writing, the country is still safely on the travel corridor list with the exception of some islands. And as tourists are advised not to visit the likes of Santorini and Mykonos, Corfu may see even more of a rise in travellers. It certainly ticks plenty of boxes with its myriad of beaches, its natural beauty and its stunning Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site no less).



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Tahoe ski resort reverses hated parking policy after legal battle

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Free parking, as precious to some skiers as virgin mountain powder, has returned to one Lake Tahoe resort but not before its corporate owner waged an expensive year-long legal battle with two season-pass holders.

An 80-year-old attorney and another man whose first job out of college was parking cars at the mountain now owned by Vail Resorts filed separate lawsuits when Northstar California replaced traditional free parking with $20 daily fees ($40 weekends) — after they’d purchased their passes.

Unlike visitors from San Francisco who spend the weekend skiing, locals like attorney Steven Kroll and Robert Grossman make a few quick runs in the morning then jump in their nearby cars to head for work.


Both navigated the steep slopes that way for decades. They never imagined the uphill battle they’d face when they learned months after they’d renewed their passes for 2019-20 it would cost

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Stay the night in one of these haunted Texas hotels . . . if you dare!

These historic Texas hotels offer guests more than a mere look back at the past. They may actually put its visitors in touch with it, courtesy of some spirited guests that just won’t check out.

A word of advice: If you do book a stay at one of these haunted accommodations, you might want to sleep with one eye open.

Menger Hotel, San Antonio

Built upon the battlegrounds of the Alamo a mere 23 years after its storied fall, the Menger Hotel, considered the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, is probably best recognized for its rich history and its proximity to some of San Antonio’s top attractions including the Alamo and the River Walk. But that’s not all its’ known for.

Not surprisingly, the state’s oldest hotel has acquired quite a reputation as a hotbed of paranormal activity. Since it opened its doors in 1859, apparitions have

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European nations experience record spikes in coronavirus cases

Oct. 4 (UPI) — European nations are dealing with a new coronavirus outbreak after largely containing the pandemic earlier this year.

Four European nations are in the top 10 for most deaths — No. 5 Britain at 42,317, No. 6 Italy at 35,986, No. 8 France at 32,230 and No. 9 Spain at 32,086 — but the fatalities and deaths had subsided after high levels at the start of the pandemic in March.

On Sunday, the continent recorded 50,007 new cases and 385 additional deaths one day after 65,676 new infections and 592 additional deaths. The worldwide death toll surpassed 1 million in the past week and now stands at 1,040,398 with 35,320,099.

The United States continues to head the list with nearly 210,000 deaths and 7.4 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins tracking, followed by Brazil with 146,011 deaths, India with 101,841 and Mexico with 78,880.

On Saturday, Britain

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The Search For The Best Private Jet Charters

Sometimes it seems like review sites and ratings for products and services have taken over the world. Travel booking sites have thousands of hotels, each with reviews by folks who’ve stayed there and plentiful pictures. The same holds true for restaurant reservations and food delivery. When I recently bought $25 filters for my air conditioner, I was able to read customer reviews about dozens of sites.

Yet, if you book a private jet charter costing tens of thousands of dollars and want to know what the interior of the aircraft looks like, you are reliant on pictures from brokers and operators.

Let’s just say, they’re not always recent. Some of you might even say there

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International flights may fully resume next year: India

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Even as India extended the ban on regular, scheduled international air travel until Oct.31, the Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said he expected international flights to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2021.

In a series of media interactions, including a conversation with the Emirates New Agency, WAM, the minister anticipated that the number of domestic flights and passengers would reach pre-COVID-19 levels between the national festival season next month and the New Year.

“Domestic aviation is continuing on a steady growth trajectory. We should touch pre-COVID-19 figures between Diwali and the New Year,” he said. Diwali is one of India’s biggest festivals and falls in mid-November.

Puri recalled that domestic flights in India were suspended on March 23 as part of a lockdown in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Flights have resumed in a graduated manner from

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British Airways increasing flights to the Caribbean, offering deals

British Airways has increased the number of destinations it is flying to this October. The increase includes both short haul and long haul destinations. Among these are flights to the Caribbean as well as a holiday deal to Barbados.

Flights to Grenada are scheduled to return on October 14.

New Heathrow services to Barbados launch on October 17.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: “We’re glad to be returning to more destinations this month, connecting the UK with more and more countries around the world.

The announcement of new countries added to the UK’s quarantine list (Turkey and Poland as of Saturday) underlines the uncertainties of those booking travel, though British Airways is offering its “book with confidence commitment [which] means you have the option to change your booking date and destination or even cancel it completely.”

There are some British Airways Holidays deals. These include

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