Travel News: November 15, 2017

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Rio rethinks favela tourism amid wave of violence
Fox News

As authorities in Brazil tackled crime earlier this decade, opening Rio de Janeiro’s hillside favelas to tourists seemed like a winning idea. The views are breathtaking, the slum residents could cash in, and foreign visitors would see another part of the city — not just Copacabana beach.

Now soaring violence in the hillside communities is rekindling a concern: Are favelas safe to visit?

Most famously depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie “City of God,” Rio’s favelas have long been known for drugs and crime. But the clusters of makeshift housing that run up Rio’s hillsides are also the birthplace of the city’s Carnival parade, samba music and street art.

 

Lyft to operate in Toronto, its first market outside the U.S.
Travel Weekly

Lyft is planning to make its first trip outside the U.S. by carrying passengers in Toronto.

The ride-hailing service is recruiting drivers in Canada’s largest city and expects to begin service sometime in December.

It’s another move in Lyft’s plan to compete with rival Uber, which now is in 77 countries.

 

American adds Iceland flights as competition surges
USA Today

American Airlines will begin flying to Iceland, becoming the last of the USA’s “big three” legacy carriers to add service to the nation.

American’s service will begin June 7, when the airline launches daily non-stop service from its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth to Reykjavik. The seasonal flights will continue through Oct. 27. American will fly the route on 176-seat Boeing 757-200 jets that include 16 lie-flat business-class seats.

 

Marriott Unveils ‘Smart’ Hotel Room Prototypes, With Personalized Presets and Voice Control
BethesdaMagazine.com

A new hotel room prototype from Marriott would let guests control everything from the temperature of the shower to the color of the light with the sound of their voice.

The “smart” hotel rooms, which the company previewed in its corporate headquarters in Bethesda on Tuesday, include devices and amenities that respond to individual guests and are customizable based on their preferences. The rooms are designed as an application of the Internet of Things—the connection of physical devices in a network.

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