Travel News: December 20, 2016

Amman Jordan

Truck rams German Christmas market, killing at least 12
Chicago Tribune

Police said Tuesday that the driver who rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50, did so intentionally and that they are investigating a suspected “terror attack.”

The truck struck the popular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church late Monday as tourists and locals were enjoying a traditional pre-Christmas evening out near Berlin’s Zoo station.


Airbnb is getting into the airline booking disruption game with ‘Flights’

Airbnb wants to be more than just your next vacation lodging solution—the home rental startup’s now looking to offer flight booking service within the next 18 months, Bloomberg reported Monday.

The project, known as Flights, may either involve building its own proprietary tool, acquiring an online travel agency, or licensing data from an agency, according to anonymous people familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg.

Airbnb introducing flight booking isn’t all that surprising. After all: The company teased the future offering last month. In November, Airbnb launched a new feature called Trips, host-guided activities which users can discover and book through the newly redesigned app. Airbnb also added a section to the app called Places that offers recommendations.


Marriott Now Has 8 Luxury Hotel Brands It Needs to Somehow Define Individually

Marriott International finds itself in new territory heading into 2017 with no less than eight luxury hotel brands following its recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels.

Previous to the merger, Marriott only operated one true luxury flag in any significant number: The Ritz-Carlton. The other upscale brands were either too few, or they’re somewhat ambitiously positioned as luxury product, to have made much of a dent in the luxury hospitality space.


Jordan Braces Itself For Tourism Slump After Terrorist Attack In Karak

Jordan’s tourism industry should brace itself for a potentially sharp downturn, following the attack in Karak on Sunday, December 18.

At the time of writing 14 people had been killed in the town, including four suspected terrorists, according to the local Jordan Times. The others killed were four police officers, three gendarmes and three civilians, including one Canadian. A further 22 civilians and police officers were injured when four gunmen fired at people around the town.

If the experience of places like Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt in recent years is any guide, such outrages can quickly lead to cancelled holidays, empty planes and idle hotels.

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