‘Spot’ the robodog patrols German trains to thwart vandals
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by Dave Pottinger
5d ago
Spot has already been patrolling depots in Munich where its three cameras, motion sensors and artificial intelligence have been successful in detecting “unauthorized personnel or other irregularities,” a Deutsche Bahn spokesman said. Read More ..read more
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Don't trust ChatGPT to make your travel plans yet
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by Dave Pottinger
1w ago
Trusting your vacation planning to artificial intelligence (AI), may not be so clever, a survey suggests. A study found a resounding 90 per cent of travel itineraries generated by ChatGPT, a bot that answers questions in conversational language, to be strewn with errors. Read More ..read more
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Seaside visitors to Cumbria, England could be fined for taking pebbles
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by Dave Pottinger
1w ago
It seems an innocent vacation activity — bringing home a few pebbles from the beach as lasting souvenirs. But seaside visitors to Cumbria in northwestern England could be fined as much as £1,000 ($1,700), for removing stones and seashells, under plans to protect the environment. Read More ..read more
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Nudism and wedding tourism meet on Italian island of Sardinia
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by Dave Pottinger
1w ago
“We opened the beach to overcome prejudices, and weddings will be another important step. It will not be a case of anything goes. All the brides will need to wear a nice veil for tradition’s sake,” said Luigi Tedeschi, the mayor of the town near Oristano. Read More ..read more
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Drought reveals remains of old town in Philippines
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by Dave Pottinger
1w ago
Retired nurse Aurea Delos Santos said the ruins have generated plenty of interest. “When I heard about the sunken church of old Pantabangan town resurfacing, I got excited and wanted to see it,” she said. Read More ..read more
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Michelin guide awards its first hotel keys in the U.S.
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by Dave Pottinger
2w ago
Last year, when World’s 50 Best issued its first global ranking of hotels, only two properties in the US made the cut: the Equinox and Aman New York hotels, both in Manhattan. Read More ..read more
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Selfies over sangria for young Canadian vacationers
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by Dave Pottinger
2w ago
Baby boomers are least likely to consider selfies when booking a getaway, with just 11 per cent giving any thought to what photos they might post. For Gen X (born 1965-1980), it was 31 per cent. Nearly 40 per cent of millennials (born 1981-1996) and Gen Zers admitted they try to make their friends envious when picking destinations — but only nine per cent of boomers did so. Read More ..read more
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Tokyo DisneySea’s luxury centerpiece hotel opens for first looks
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by The Washington Post
2w ago
CHIBA - The Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel was opened to the press by Oriental Land Co., the operator of the Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks. The accommodation facility will open on June 6 in the newest area of Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture. Read More ..read more
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An end to Oakland and Auckland airport mixups?
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by Dave Pottinger
3w ago
An airport in the California city of Oakland is proposing a name change that would help stop it being confused with a city 10,000 km away in the South Pacific. Read More ..read more
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Spain's ‘Shade tax’ could cost diners $15 for seeking relief from sun
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by Dave Pottinger
3w ago
Sheltering from the sun in Spain could soon leave unsuspecting vacationers in the shade — at least financially. Read More ..read more
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