The company has also been a technology pioneer. There was a Lonely Planet blog in 1994, five years before the word “blog” was coined. A website followed, along with CitySync guidebooks on PalmPilots. Most innovative of all was the online traveller’s forum, Thorn Tree, launched in 1996. According to Jane Rawson, one of its first moderators: “A tiny web team was set up and told to figure out what the internet was and whether it was useful to travellers.” In 2016, Lonely Planet’s online community topped 10 million. Social media, it turns out, was kind of a big thing. … [Read more...] about Where now for travel? Lonely Planet closures point to an uncertain future
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Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism The Oktoberfest in Munich has been cancelled The Oktoberfest has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bavaria's premier Markus Söder and Munich's mayor Dieter Reiter announced the decision on Tuesday (April 21). "It pains us, and it is a great pity", said Söder. But in times of the coronavirus, the danger of infection at the folk festival, which attracts about six million visitors annually, would just be too great. … [Read more...] about Mandatory coronavirus testing at airports in Germany off to smooth start
Sustainability Amazon does not provide an estimate for the expected lifespan of the battery in the Fire HD 8. Typically tablet batteries last at least 500 full charge cycles while maintaining at least 80% capacity. Amazon does not have a fixed price for the repair of the screen or replacement of the battery out of warranty, and instead suggests customers can fix things themselves using the guides provided by iFixit. … [Read more...] about Amazon Fire HD 8 review: £90 tablet revamped for 2020
LOCKDOWN RULES: WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN'T DO Areas affected: Preston, Greater Manchester (City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford), Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leicester. … [Read more...] about Oldham becomes UK’s new coronavirus hotspot after nearly 150 people are struck down by the virus in a week despite the town being hit with tough new lockdown rules last month
From the petrol and particulates that spew from jetskis to pesticides drenching the putting green, the holidaymaker’s every innocent pleasure seems like another blow to the poor old planet. Then there is the food left in the fridge and the chemicals used to launder the sheets after each single-night occupancy in one of Airbnb’s 7 million rental properties, and the carcinogenic fuel that is burned by cruise ships. And then there are the carbon emissions. “Tourism is significantly more carbon-intensive than other potential areas of economic development,” reported a recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change. Between 2009 and 2013, the industry’s global carbon footprint grew to about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the majority generated by air travel. “The rapid increase in tourism demand,” the study went on, “is effectively outstripping the decarbonisation of tourism-related technology”. … [Read more...] about The end of tourism?