Travel News: July 8, 2019

Hong Kong

Hong Kong tourism facing bleak prospects in aftermath of protests
Jakarta Post

Hong Kong’s tourism industry may be headed for a rough patch following anti-extradition Bill protests that have rocked the city, industry leaders warned.

Future prospects are bleak and Hong Kong may suffer further economic losses if the unrest continues, they said, adding that rational discussions are needed to resolve the controversy.

The assessment followed Monday’s (July 1) violent storming of the Legislative Council Complex in Admiralty, which left the building’s structure and facilities extensively damaged.


Facial recognition using iPads takes off at D.C.-area airports
Travel Weekly

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has become the newest player in airport biometric facial-recognition and boarding technology. But uniquely, the only hardware needed to operate the technology, known as Veriscan, is an iPad.

“We wanted to be flexible. We wanted to be adaptable,” said MWAA chief information officer Goutam Kundu, who designed the software.


Hotels Face Increasing Risk of Security Breach by Cyber Hackers

Three men dressed for business travel in jeans and dress shirts loaded backpacks into the trunk of a black coupe and wound their way through the center of a major European city. When they arrived at their hotel, they unloaded their luggage and waited giddily to pass through the revolving doors. They were checking into the hotel to hack it.

Hackers target financial institutions because that’s where the money is, and they target retail chains because that’s where people spend the money. Hotels might be a less obvious target, but they’re hacked almost as often because of the valuable data that passes through them, like credit cards and trade secrets. Thieves have targeted electronic door locks to burgle rooms and used malware attacks to log credit card swipes in real time. They’ve even used Wi-Fi to hijack hotels’ internal networks in search of corporate data. Just about all of the industry’s major players have reported breaches, including Hilton Worldwide Holdings, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Hyatt Hotels.


Celebrity Cruises Introduces Ship Built for Galapagos Cruises

Celebrity Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Celebrity Flora, has been specifically designed in mind for sailing within the Galapagos.

“Our primary focus when designing Celebrity Flora to preserve and celebrate the unique ecosystem in which she sails,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO. “We incorporated features and technology that would be friendliest to the region’s treasured ecosystem, with its wildlife in mind.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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