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9 ways self-driving vehicles could change tourism

While experts and manufacturers often assert that self-driving vehicles will come to market by 2020, others are skeptical, as some required elements are far from realization, among them digital maps for cars and cheap enough onboard sensors, computers, and power supplies. (Current hardware is prohibitively expensive for mass production.) Also, more robust networks will be required for all of these connect vehicles. Still, people are already considering the eventual passenger experience — what will we do as we’re ferried hither and yon?

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Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Novi, Michigan 2019

Are you in search of leading edge innovators that potentially hold the building blocks of autonomous vehicle architecture or are you looking for test systems and testing protocols for autonomous vehicle testing and validation? If you answer yes to one or both questions, then step this way into the world of Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Novi, Michigan 2019.

With exhibitors showcasing test and next generation enabling technologies specifically for your autonomous programmes you will enjoy the added benefit of being able to network with delegates attending the adjoining autonomous issues conferences covering legal issues; testing protocols and procedures; and also HMI and interiors design considerations, all critical aspects of the next stage development of semi and fully autonomous vehicles. Entrance to the Expo zones is entirely free but please note that conference rates apply to join the conference sessions.

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World’s “most woke hotel” Eaton Workshop opens in Hong Kong

Katherine Lo’s latest hospitality offering in her hometown of Hong Kong brings the consciousness trend to the city. Inspired by her favourite director Wong Kar-wai, the Eaton Workshop puts progressiveness front and centre to create a hip yet conscious space that promotes collectivism and wellbeing. We find out more.PEDIGREE AND PURPOSE

The Eaton Workshop is a new concept in hospitality. Developed by activist and filmmaker Katherine Lo, whose father Lo Ka Shui is the chair of the Langham Hospitality Group, Eaton is plugged as a “global purpose-driven company and creative lab at the intersection of culture, media, hospitality, wellness, and progressive social change … a new inclusive gathering place for changemakers and creatives.”

Eaton consists of distinct parts — hotel, house, media, wellness, and impact, according to the brand’s website.

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Skift Forum Europe

This one-day conference is the premier European travel event focused on the top marketers, strategists, and technologists in the industry. Skift Forum Europe is unlike any other event in the region because of its laser focus on examining Europe as a bellwether for many of the leading trends in global travel.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals / 2030

In 2015, the United Nations launched its Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, a new plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity. The Agenda comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 specific targets for all countries to aim for. The 17 SDGs include goals to eliminate poverty, ensure equality, reduce environmental impact, and create economic prosperity and jobs. Travel & Tourism is explicitly identified in three of the 169 targets, but its potential contribution to this new Agenda is much wider and the sector has a role to play in each of the 17 SDGs. WTTC endeavours to highlight this role throughout our activities, ensuring that the social benefits of the Travel & Tourism sector, as they relate to the SDGs, are identified and understood. 

Read more at: https://www.wttc.org/agenda/un-sustainable-development-goals/
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An insider’s guide to Bilbao

It has the buzz of the city centre, and the laid-back vibes of the Bay of Biscay coast. Kat Webster, who left the London fashion scene to run a yoga studio in the Basque city, shares her insider tips on what to see, do and eat

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Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest festival

Day and night, through crackling loudspeakers, the announcements ring out. “It is Babu speaking,” says a shrill voice. “I have lost my wallet and brother. Please come here the moment you hear this.”

“Lal Ram is here,” a woman says a few times. “Come and collect him from the yellow tower.”

It is the first day of the largest human gathering ever. An estimated 15 million Hindus have come together at the convergence of the Ganges and Yamuna – two holy rivers in north India. Up to 10 times that many – more than the population of Russia – could bathe in the waters by the end of the festival in March.

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Snow pretty!: Accor’s innovative new mobile offering in the French Alps

AccorHotels has launched a new concept for accommodation in the Alps. Avoriaz 1800 is a collection of containers decked out in timber that are designed to have as little impact on the landscape as possible and to provide flexible and mobile lodgings for the ski resort. We find out more.F

French hotel group Accor has been testing a new concept hotel over the past year at events such as LeMans and the Bordeaux Architecture Biennale, which now, for the first time, will be open for the public to experience.

The experiment involves the erection of mobile lodgings, which can be shipped in for conferences, events and now for ski seasons, as required.

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