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Heather Mountain Lodge BC – The Summer Experience

If you’ve driven the Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia then you’ve passed Heather Mountain Lodge & Cabins – but perhaps unknowingly. I know I’ve seen a sign pointing to heli-skiing in the winter but not once on the multiple times I’ve driven the Trans-Canada, did I clue into the fact that there was a beautiful lodge, just off the highway. But there is, and though it does cater to the heli-skier in winter, it’s a destination lodge come summer and fall, especiall...
Tags: Travel, Google, Canada, John, Whistler, British Columbia, Calgary, Revelstoke, Hotel Reviews, Banff Lake Louise, Glacier National Park, Trans Canada, Golden, Trans Canada Highway, Tim Patterson, Nakusp Hot Springs


15 of the best hotels in Texas, from old school luxury in San Antonio to Wild West vibes in Fort Worth

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Every room at Rancho Pillow is vibrant, colorful, and wholly unique. Rancho Pillow Texas is a big state with cosmopolitan cities, cowboy culture, and white-sand beaches. Major cities and towns have great hotels, from luxurious splurges to quirky, affordable properties. We compiled the best hotels across Texas in places like Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Marfa. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky They...
Tags: Google, Texas, Washington, Trends, Austin, Dubai, Marriott, Dallas, Miami, Tripadvisor, Houston, Gulf of Mexico, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Expedia, Gulf


SHR Expands Google Connectivity to Drive Direct Traffic Through Free Booking Links

SHR, Sceptre Hospitality Resources, a leading provider of technology that helps hotels execute their best revenue generation strategies, has teamed up with Google to provide its clients with the search giant’s newest product, Free Booking Links. Free Booking Links appear organically in Google search results when users search for hotels and can be used to drive traffic directly to the hotel, avoiding costly OTA commissions.
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Connectivity


How to combat vaccine hesitancy? Stop censoring experts...

I don't consider myself vaccine hesitant, because I have had them all.  Looking at my immunization record book I see that I've had: Polio, MMR, dTap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, and while it's not listed I know I've also taken a shot for Tetanus.The big one lacking of course is the Covid shot, or shots I guess.  Why not?  There are a number of reasons actually.  Firstly I've never been worried about this Covid bug, like a large segment of the population (many of whom have rolled up the...
Tags: Travel, Google, Youtube, Harvard, Cambridge, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccines, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Salk Institute, Weinstein, Guelph, Luc Montagnier, Hodkinson


Maldives resorts are paradise for guests, but some staff say they feel like second-class citizens. One hotel giant is trying to change that.

While the Maldives is paradise for guests, it isn't necessarily a dream for resort staff. MelanieMaya / Getty Images Maldives' resorts are often considered paradise on earth. But for staffers, who live tucked away from guests' sight in the middle of the island, resort life can come with hard realities. Pontiac Land Group is trying to change that by creating a staff campus on an island of its own. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kevin Willis has worked at three ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Singapore, International, Trends, Gm, Resort, Maldives, Hospitality, Pontiac, Ritz Carlton, Willis, Clayton, Capella, Capella Hotel Group, Kevin Willis


family and friends reunion road trip: day two: everett, washington to talent, oregon

I am happy to report that today was far less eventful. The most important thing was to get on the road early. We know from past experience (our first trip to Vancouver and Oregon in 2016... where the idea to move west was born!) that there are two major traffic areas on this stretch of 5 South -- Sea-Tac and Portland. The plan was to get up very early, start driving immediately, and be past Sea-Tac before the major morning rush.This is not an issue for me, as I am normally up at 5:00 a.m. S...
Tags: Travel, Google, Dogs, Oregon, Personal, Portland, Vancouver, Sam, Tacoma, Travels, Allan, Cookie, Lakewood, PNW, Willamette River, Laura K


Breaking up Monopolies

In a comment to a recent post on monopolies, Viveka wrote, “I will cheer the day a Google or Amazon is broken up into a bunch companies. That day is not far off.” As the old witticism goes, be careful… Continue reading →
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Uncategorized, Viveka


Millennials are breaking free from their desk jobs and working remotely in places like Mexico - leaving a path of destruction in their wake

Hello!Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider's Business co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.What we're going over today:"Digital nomads" are destroying tropical paradises. 3G's merger of Kraft and Heinz is killing morale and choking innovation. Amazon's Prime Air drone-delivery team is in upheaval. Black women in money management on Glenn Harvey for Insider What's trending this morning:Youn...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, Mexico, Newsletter, Trends, Remote Work, Georgia, Austin, Prime Air, Amazon Prime Air, Estonia, Heinz, Boeing, Lonely Planet


Google tools and partnerships to help travel recover and thrive

The travel industry is beginning to show promising signs of recovery as parts of the world reopen and vaccinations continue. We see from Google searches that people want to travel, provided they feel safe to do so: Global searches for “where to travel,” “can I travel” and “covid travel restrictions” are near all-time highs. Google is working hard to listen to customer feedback and ensure travel businesses and tourism officials have the information needed to continue recovery.
Tags: Travel, Google


Tools and partnerships to help travel recover and thrive

The travel industry is beginning to show promising signs of recovery as parts of the world reopen and vaccinations continue. We see from Google searches that people want to travel, provided they feel safe to do so: Global searches for “where to travel,” “can I travel” and “covid travel restrictions” are near all-time highs. Google is working hard to listen to customer feedback and ensure travel businesses and tourism officials have the information needed to continue recovery. That’s why last Dec...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Europe, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, United States, Vietnam, Asia Pacific region, Don Welsh, Google Ads, Robert A Gilbert, Gianni Marostica


Israeli startup AnyVision raises $235 mln from SoftBank, others | Reuters

Israeli startup AnyVision raises $235 mln from SoftBank, others | Reuters AnyVision, an artificial intelligence-based facial recognition startup, said on Wednesday it had raised $235 million in a funding round from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Eldridge, among others.The proceeds from the round, which also saw participation from existing investors, will be used to fund growth and adoption of AnyVision's offerings.The company has formed strategic partnerships with notable companies including Honey...
Tags: Travel, Google, Softbank, Israel, Nvidia, Intuit, Reuters, Eldridge, Golan, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Avi Golan, SoftBank Vision Fund, SoftBank Investment Advisers, Anyvision, Anthony Doeh, Honeywell Schneider Electric


4 resilience lessons from Spanish travel startups

2020 was a difficult year for the travel and tourism sector, but it was also a year of learning how to use technology to better understand and respond to the evolving needs of consumers.Our Google for Startups Growth Academy: TravelTech program in Spain, where the travel industry accounts for 12% of the national GDP, supported travel startups with digital skills and tools to build resilience for their businesses, so they can overcome challenges brought by travel restrictions. It also shows them ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Spain, Mondo, Google Search Console, Andrea, Google Data Studio, Traveltech, Google in Europe, Google Vision, Campus Madrid, Sofia Benjumea, Destinia, Google for Startups Growth Academy


Google’s delay in eliminating support for third-party cookies gives hotel marketers another chance to get it right | By Max Starkov

Background: Yesterday Google announced it was delaying the end of its support of third-party cookies from 2022 to “late 2023.” According to Google this new timeline “will allow sufficient time for public discussion on the right solutions, continued engagement with regulators, and for publishers and the advertising industry to migrate their services.”
Tags: Travel, Google, Max Starkov


Healthcare: Digital & Social Media Marketing

This blog post lists 9 articles containing more than 44 tips, tools, methods, strategies, and examples that can help doctors, healthcare facility managers, owners, and healthcare professionals to expand their reach online, get more exposure, and learn digital marketing for healthcare: 9 Ways Healthcare Marketers Should Utilize Social MediaSocial media and healthcare: how to prioritize what patients needDigital Marketing Trends in Healthcare You Should Know AboutHow to Use Social Media ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Social Media Marketing, Dubai UAE, Digital Marketing Courses, SEO International, Digital Marketing - Healthcare, Focus On6 Digital Marketing Tips, Digital Social Media Marketing


Ambani’s Reliance appoints head of #Saudi wealth fund to board | Financial Times

Ambani’s Reliance appoints head of Saudi wealth fund to board | Financial Times Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries has appointed the head of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to its board, deepening ties between the powerful Indian conglomerate and the oil-rich Gulf kingdom.  Yasir al-Rumayyan, managing director of the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, will join the board as an independent director, Ambani said at the company’s annual meeting on Thursday.  Rumayyan’s app...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Saudi Arabia, Financial Times, Gulf, Reliance, Saudi Aramco, Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mukesh, Ambani, Public Investment Fund, Dhirubhai, Yasir al Rumayyan


McKinsey’s Describes The eight trends that will define 2021–and beyond

Crises tend to give rise to remarkable innovations and insights. Today is just such a moment, raising challenges to many long-held beliefs about how companies should operate. In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, McKinsey’s global leader Kevin Sneader talks with senior partner Celia Huber about the eight trends that will shape the post-COVID-19 economy, which he writes about in his recent article. Their conversation took place during a recent virtual event featuring con...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mckinsey, Kevin Sneader, Celia Huber


Google Hotel Free Booking Links - OTA Independence Or Competition? | By Ines Barreiros

Google Hotel Free Booking Links – the biggest news for the industry by the search engine giant this year (so far). Right now you’re probably wondering: How is my hotel going to benefit from this program? Why did Google decide to offer this tool to hotels? Is there a flip side?
Tags: Travel, Google, Ines Barreiros


Infographic: The real impact of Google Free Booking Links

The direct channel continues to rise and takes a bite out of the OTAs! The share of direct has increased to reach a record level in the first quarter of 2021, representing a third of a hotel’s revenue. In times of crisis, hotels have favoured the Metasearch CPA model which is the least risky business model. And Google Hotel Ads is literally crushing the model. But what about the new Google free booking links? Does this new offer live up to the expectations raised by it?
Tags: Travel, Google


50 Restaurant Marketing Tips

Restaurant marketing is important today more than ever. What’s more, effective marketing techniques can include digital and older strategies. Consider the fact that American restaurant industry sales reached about $800 billion in 2017. How do Restaurants do Marketing? Good restaurant marketing requires constant effort. All of these small business owners need a marketing plan to succeed. It should include food photos and other features. Remember, a good restaurant marketing plan should be uniq...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Sales, Seo, Customers, Getty Images, Tripadvisor, Ada, Don, Twitter Instagram, Facebook Page, GrubHub, Facebook Social, Marketing Tips


Uberall raises $115M, acquires MomentFeed to scale up its location marketing services

Location-based services may have had their day as a salient category for hot apps or innovative tech leveraging the arrival of smartphones, but that’s largely because they are now part of the unspoken fabric of how we interact with digital services every day: we rely on location specific information when we are on search engines, when we are using maps, or weather apps, or taking and posting photos and more. Still, there remain a lot of gaps in how location information links up with accurate inf...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Europe, London, Advertising Tech, Berlin, Funding, Tech, M&a, Tripadvisor, North America, Hedges, Los Angeles CA


The Volatile Travel Landscape Makes Agile Technology More Important Than Ever | By Gautam Lulla

More than a year after the fact, it’s still stunning to look back at the performance figures across the travel industry from April 2020. Numbers cratered in every category. Overall RevPAR for US hotels fell to $17.93—a 79.9% YoY decrease from 2019. Business and operations teams were stripped down during that month, with more than 70% of hotel employees laid off. Airlines saw a 96% decrease in passengers. Search volumes for travel on Google fell to a fraction of their normal benchmarks. Ag...
Tags: Travel, Google, US, Airlines, Gautam Lulla


The hotel website you didn’t know you had. | By Thomas McDermott

Today, we’re talking about… Your hotel Google My Business listing. The little box that turned into a website. It started out harmless enough. You remember that little Google My Business listing that connected your hotel to google maps. It’s unrecognizable today. What was once no more than a simple directory listing with a link back to your website is now Google’s central hub for your hotel, aggregating reviews, pricing, even things to do nearby. At six pages, it’s hard not to call it a ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Expedia, Google My Business, Thomas McDermott, Fort Lauderdale Carlsbad, Bogota Visit Tambourine


16 Tips to Become an Influencer

Social media influencers are all the rage right now. Brands want to collaborate with them in order to expand their reach and drive conversions. The followers of influencers, on the other hand, look forward to expert advice and recommendation from them. Are you wondering how to become one yourself? With the popularity of influencer marketing, it is only natural that people are becoming increasingly curious about how to become an influencer. Here are 16 tips to be followed in order to mak...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media Marketing, Google Analytics, Dubai, Brazil, Lebanon, Don, Facebook Instagram, Google Facebook, Neil Patel, Friendster, Dubai UAE


UNWTO and Google Launch Global Partnership to Lead Tourism Recovery

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Google have signed a new agreement to work together and lead global tourism’s recovery through innovation, education, and market intelligence.
Tags: Travel, Google, UNWTO, World Tourism Organization UNWTO, Google Launch Global Partnership


A new book aims to blow up assumptions about the best founding teams

There’s a lot of how-to guidance out there when it comes to starting a company, and much of it has reinforced certain beliefs, including that solo founders don’t get very far on their own, that the most successful founders attend a small circle of top schools and that the best companies are created by people who launched them to solve a personal problem into which they had a particular insight. Ali Tamaseb — who studied biomedical engineering at Imperial College London, attended business school ...
Tags: Google, New York, London, Stanford, Tech, Harvard, Tripadvisor, Udemy, Paul Graham, Wayback Machine, Imperial College, Roche Group, Flatiron Health, Langley Steinert, Ryan Petersen, DCVC


A new book aims to blow up some widely held assumptions about the best founding teams

There’s a lot of how-to guidance out there when it comes to starting a company, and much of it has reinforced certain beliefs, including that solo founders don’t get very far on their own, that the most successful founders attend a small circle of top schools, and that the best companies are created by people who launched them to solve a personal problem into which they had a particular insight. Ali Tamaseb, who earlier studied biomedical engineering in London, attended business school at Stanfo...
Tags: Google, New York, London, Stanford, Tech, Harvard, Tripadvisor, Udemy, Paul Graham, Wayback Machine, Nat Turner, Roche Group, Flatiron Health, Langley Steinert, Ryan Petersen, DCVC


Village Hotels Installs Google Nest Hub Solution Powered by Volara Across All 32 U.K. Hotels

Village Hotels has selected Volara to voice enable all guestrooms and guest services in its portfolio of hotels across the United Kingdom with Google’s hotel solution. Volara’s conversation-management software and secure integrations hub will enable guests staying at any of the innovative hotel brand’s 32 properties to use simple voice commands to interact with the hotel and personalise their experiences, from making service requests and setting alarms to asking for local recommendations ...
Tags: Travel, Google, United Kingdom, Village Hotels, Volara, Village Hotels Installs Google, Volara Across All 32 U K Hotels


Hot house tomatoes and other delights

Not that it's hot. The tomatoes are growing crazily and should be planted in the ground now. But the wet weather means I'd have to plant them in mud. Not what I want to do. And it's not warm. So in the green house they'll stay for the time being. Plants in the green house a few days ago. I've heard nothing in response to my question about the Blogger malware and virus issue from the user forum. I can't find anything about it on the internet, either. Typical. Thanks to all my readers who respon...
Tags: Travel, Google, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants


Pomelo raises $9M to build a payments infrastructure for LatAm fintechs

Pomelo, a startup building a fintech-as-a-service platform for Latin America, has raised $9 million in a seed round of funding. The Buenos Aires-based startup’s new infrastructure aims to allow fintechs and embedded finance players to launch virtual accounts and issue prepaid and credit cards via “compliant” onboarding processes. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital payments all over the world, and Latin America is no exception. While the majority of transactions are sti...
Tags: Google, Tech, Mexico City, Brazil, Argentina, Tripadvisor, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Mastercard, Index Ventures, Latam, Sao Paulo Brazil, Fiorentino, Clocktower Technology Ventures, Angela Strange, Mark Fiorentino


Holidu books $45M after growing its vacation rentals business ~50% YoY during COVID-19

Vacation rental startup Holidu has tucked $45 million in Series D funding into its suitcase — bringing its total raised since being founded back in 2014 to more than $120M. The latest funding round is led by 83North with participation from existing investors Prime Ventures, EQT ventures, Coparion, Senovo, Kees Koolen, Lios Ventures and Chris Hitchen. Also participating, with both equity and debt, is Claret Capital (formerly Harbert European Growth Capital). The financing will be ploughed into pr...
Tags: Travel, Google, Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, Tech, Eu, European Union, Search, Munich, Tourism, Commission, European Commission, Sharing Economy, Search Engine, Airbnb



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