Travel News: November 23, 2018

Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi Finland

Airlines roll out Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales
USA Today

Looking for an air travel bargain this holiday shopping season?

“Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are now firmly entrenched on the ever-growing calendar of holiday marketing gimmicks, giving consumers a virtual cornucopia of deal-hunting opportunities timed to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The travel industry has enthusiastically adopted the new retail tradition, with hotels, cruise lines and other travel providers all in on the act.


Andamans: US man’s death puts spotlight on ‘tribal tourism’
BBC News

The killing of an American national by members of an endangered tribe in the Andaman islands off India’s east coast has renewed concerns over the surreptitious practice of “tribal tourism” in the archipelago, Omkar Khandekar writes.

The indigenous islanders of North Sentinel, among the last of the “uncontacted” tribes in the world, killed 27-year-old John Allen Chau with arrows when he went to their island last week.


No snow in Lapland as Santa season gets underway
The Independent

Passengers on Wednesday afternoon’s easyJet flight from Gatwick to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland touched down to find barely a trace of snow.

As the city’s webcam shows, apart from a few small sprinklings of snow, the terrain on the Arctic Circle looks as though it was a pleasant late-summer day rather than a winter wonderland.

In the coming days, the annual “Santa season” is due to get under way, with hundreds of flights carrying tens of thousands of British families to Finnish Lapland – mainly to Rovaniemi, and also to four other airports. But according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, no snow is forecast for Rovaniemi for the rest of November – just a little rain.


This self-driving hotel room could revolutionize travel

Question: What do you get if you cross a hotel room with a self-driving vehicle?Answer: The Autonomous Travel Suite (ATS).

A hotel room on wheels, the ATS is the brainchild of Toronto-based Steve Lee of Aprilli Design Studio and could revolutionize the way we travel.

Lee says that his hybrid concept, which won this year’s Radical Innovation Award — a design competition for the hospitality industry — combines his experience in hotel design and architecture with his passion for futuristic technology.

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