Travel News: November 14, 2017

Waikiki, Hawaii

Royal Caribbean has big technology ideas, some close to reality
Travel Weekly

On the cruise of the future, check-in counters, guest services desks and in-room phones will be relics, replaced by facial recognition, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) last week showcased the various ways that passengers on its three brands — Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises — will experience technological innovations going forward, some much sooner than others.

 

Uber Takes Another Hit in UK
Travel Pulse

Uber was dealt another major blow in London Friday when the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) rejected its bid to overturn the committee’s previous ruling that the company’s drivers deserved proper workers’ rights, including minimum wage.

According to Reuters, the ride-hailing service plans to appeal once more. An Uber spokesman said the company has 14 days to apply for another appeal and decide if it wants to pursue the case all the way to the British Supreme Court.

 

Hawaii’s Island Air shuts down after 37 years of flight
USA Today

Hawaii’s second-largest airline, Island Air, shut down Friday after exhausting all options to kee[ flying.

Island Air, which has about 400 employees, made the announcement Thursday.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 16 after its aircraft lessor attempted to repossess the company’s three remaining Q400 aircraft for nonpayment.

The airline lost money every quarter for the past four-plus years. It flew inter-island routes within the state of Hawaii. for 37 years.

 

Coming Soon to Washington: An Anti-Trump Hotel for Liberals
Bloomberg

The first thing you’ll see when you walk into Eaton Workshop, a hotel opening in late spring 2018 in Washington, is a custom-commissioned video art installation by AJ Schnack, shown on a series of vintage-style television screens. All day long, it’ll broadcast a montage of footage from the presidential elections of 2012 and 2016 that’s built around one pointed question: How did our country get where it is today?

It’s not a subtle statement, and it’s not meant to be.

In Trump’s Washington, Eaton is planting a clear flag as a haven for Democrats. It’s the world’s first politically motivated hotel, the flagship for a global brand that’s built around social activism and community engagement.

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