Travel News: April 4, 2019

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After bumpy start, Marriott’s Edition brand gains momentum
Travel Weekly

After a slow and somewhat rocky start, Marriott International’s Edition luxury lifestyle brand looks to finally be hitting its stride.

Launched amid much fanfare in 2007, the Edition concept was born out of a collaboration between Marriott and Ian Schrager, the hospitality veteran best known for co-founding the 1970s New York hot spot Studio 54.

Edition’s splashy debut was poorly timed, however, with the financial crisis of 2008 quickly putting a damper on expansion plans. Despite targeting at least five development agreements by the end of its first year, the flag had just two properties, in Istanbul and Honolulu, by 2011.

 

Singapore Airlines grounds two 787-10s citing Rolls-Royce engine problem
CNBC

Singapore Airlines Ltd said on Tuesday it had grounded two Boeing Co 787-10 jets fitted with Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC Trent 1000 TEN engines after checks of its fleet found premature blade deterioration.

The jets have been removed from service pending engine replacement, the airline said in a statement.

 

Facial recognition is coming to hotels to make check-in easier—and much creepier
Fast Company

Alibaba has created the hotel of the future and it’s wild, wonderful, and just a little creepy. FlyZoo, which is reportedly a Chinese pun for “must stay,” is a 290-room ultra-modern boutique hotel in Hangzhou, China that lets guests play with technology, check in with ease, and spend the night in the future for a low price of around $205—and at the cost of your privacy.

 

Pakistan is starting to open up to tourism
Lonely Planet Travel News

It may not be on many people’s travel list for this year but Pakistan is making changes to make it more attractive to tourists.

Earlier this month, the country announced a new, more relaxed visa policy to make it easier for travellers to visit. They have created a new visa system and online portal so potential visitors can find all the information they need in one place.

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