President Trump’s infrastructure plans probably involve more tolls

For business travelers trying to work out what the Donald Trump era will mean for them, one of the presidents central campaign promises seemed to bode well: investing up to $1trn in American infrastructure. Instead, the plan offers tax incentives to private companies that undertake infrastructure projects, with the hope that the total investment will add up...

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WorldMate’s Retreat Leaves Itinerary-Organizing Rivals in Dogfight

In recent years, World Mate, Trip It, and Trip Case have all been undermined by the spread of free tools like Apple Wallet for displaying flight and hotel information on the fly. In other words, the decision-makers Carlson Wagonlit most wants to influence are travel managers, but travel managers typically don’t travel much themselves and thus weren’t...

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Finnair Passengers Can Now Use Alipay on Shanghai Flights

Finnair flyers to and from Shanghai will soon be able to pay for onboard amenities using Alipay. Finnair says it will launch Alibaba’s online payment platform as an official way of paying for goods and services on its flights connecting Helsinki and Shanghai.Finnair carries more than 10 million passengers a year, flies to 17 cities in Asia as well as more...

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10 Top Things to Do In Jaipur, India

Ride an elephant to a hilltop fort, learn the basics of Indian cuisine, and more on the following Jaipur Can’t Miss list: Once up top, take the time to tour the Palace within the walls of the fort for its magnificently adorned rooms. One of the more modern places, this series of buildings and courtyards was built in 1729 for the Maharaja of Jaipur, and...

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6 top tips for great safari photos

In order to fully maximize your chance at producing great safari photos, there are a few tips you will need to keep in mind before you can effectively shoot the natural beauty of this area. Most are standard tips, such as when to shoot and to make sure you have enough battery life or memory. However, as is the case with much of our lives, sometimes the best...

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TripActions Raises $14 Million to Trim Rogue Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bluesmart has now raised an additional $5.5 million from new investors, with Michael Li of Tsing Capital as the lead investor, and the company has converted the previous $6.5 million in an official Series A. The total capital Bluesmart has raised in equity, to date, is $14.5 million including crowdfunding but not including venture debt. Easy Mile, a start-up...

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Qantas Looks to Asia for International Expansion Opportunities

Plans to expand its international business after a three-year restructuring effort by Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce helped deliver record profits for the Australian carrier. Under Joyce, the Sydney-based carrier ditched many unprofitable long-haul flights in favor of alliances with Emirates, China Eastern Airlines Corp, and American Airlines Group Inc....

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Former NH Hotels CEO Is the New Carlson Hotels CEO

Angry shareholders, led by Oceanwood Capital, alleged that HNA Groups then-pending purchase of Carlson Hotels, and likely Rezidor, would pose a major conflict of interest for Tejera and board members with ties to HNA Group, which owned about one-third of NH Hotel Group. Perhaps not coincidentally, on the same day that the appointment of Gonzalez Tejera as the...

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Hairy-Legged Vampire Bats Caught Feeding On Human Blood for First Time

This article highlights how hairy-legged Vampire Bats have recently been discovered feeding on human blood after researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco discovered human blood in their feces. Little has been known about this animal previously, but as civilization moves deeper into the forest in places like Brazil the bats seem to be changing their...

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