No sooner did Google unveil Flights, its new airfare search tool, on Tuesday than the criticism began to fly—not least from key competitor Kayak. But let's let's let Robert Birge, Kayak's chief marketing officer, speak for himself.
"We recognize Google is a formidable competitor, but they haven't been successful in every vertical they've entered," Birge said in a statement that went on to laud Kayak's own attributes.
I got the statement in an unusual email today from the Kayak's P.R. rep, who suggested that Google Flights doesn't work for international destinations; has no regional airports; and has questionable accuracy when it comes to actual airfares. I noted some of those things myself when I spent some time on the site this morning and Tweeted about it.
Leading Korea's new culinary wave is Jung Sik Dang,
where chef Jung Sik Yim takes local ingredients to prepare dishes like kimchi
consommé, pork jowl with yuzu, and even an amuse bouche with grasshoppers. Less
experimental is Bistro Seoul, which presents Korean standards in an austere space. While Japanese and Chinese have
long happily paid through their noses for expensive renditions of their
cuisines, Koreans—like Thais—are just experiencing the phenomenon of taking
familiar fare, gussying it up, and serving it in lovely locations. It’s not
fusion, but modernization. You’re seeing this elsewhere in Asia—KL has some notable modern Malay restaurants. And while the Thais are kicking and screaming about this trend,
other parts of Asia are embracing it.
Chen is Travel + Leisure's Asia correspondent. You can follow her on
Twitter at xiaochen6.
Photo of Jung Sik Dang courtesy of TomEats/www.tomeats.com
As I listened yesterday to the roll call of 9/11 victims’ names, reflecting so many vastly different places of origin, so many different families and cultures, I was thinking about travel in its broadest sense. Despite 9/11, or perhaps even in some ways because of it, America’s connections to the world have broadened and deepened over the past decade. Though we are a country of immigrants, we are also a country known for turning inward, and for staying within our shores. Despite the fear of terrorism, the ongoing economic crisis, the challenges of airport security, and the wages of wars and geopolitical strife, Americans have fanned out beyond our borders in greater numbers and with a greater spirit of exploration than ever before.
We go farther off the beaten path, to China, India, Russia, and Brazil—economies that not entirely coincidentally are rapidly expanding—and to Africa, Bhutan, and Patagonia. This is the best response to those that have us in their sights: an open mind, an open heart, and the thirst for new experiences of the world.
Nancy Novogrod is the editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure.
Photographed by Richard Phibbs.
Daily Mail | Phase one of the world's first commercial spaceport, which will be the hub for Virgin's consumer spaceflights, is now 90 per cent complete.
The 1,800-acre Spaceport America site, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the home base for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's most ambitious business venture yet.
It already boasts a runway stretching to nearly two miles long, a futuristic styled terminal hanger, and a dome-shaped Space Operations Centre.
Miffed that airport security full-body scans can feel so cold and impersonal? Don’t worry—your TSA officer may soon want to chat you up before they pat you down.
For the next 60 days or so, select TSA agents at Boston’s Logan Airport, trained to detect behavior that may indicate that a passenger is nervous about more than turbulence, are using their powers of observation to change the screening process.
NBC - Washington, D.C. | Cracking was found in the stones at the top of the Washington Monument Tuesday evening, the National Park Service reported.
The crack was located in one of the triangular faces at the top of the monument. It runs at an angle, and measures approximately 4 inches. (...)
Although the grounds near the Monument reopened on Tuesday, the interior is closed to visitor until further notice. Authorities put up a fence creating a 150-foot perimeter at the Monument's base.
Photo credit: Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation
Starting this week air passengers will be well compensated for a flight delay. Want to know more? Travel + Leisure's international editor, Mark Orwoll, spells out the new airline passenger rules.
Passport Blog - BBC Travel | The morning newspaper placed outside of your hotel room door may become an anachronism. And that may not be such a bad thing.
As travellers increasingly kick the paper aside in favour of getting a digital dose of morning news from their laptops or mobile devices, cash-strapped hotels have happily responded by cutting back or eliminating the delivery of newspapers because it helps them reduce costs — and appear more environmentally friendly. For me, the morning newspaper, along with a cup of coffee, used to be a ritual, but now I’ll check the news online and likely kick the newspaper aside (or put it in the recycle bin) on my way out the door.
Marriott hotels in the US used to provide every guest with a free morning newspaper on weekdays, whether they asked for it or not....
USA Today | New York City's Lady Liberty is celebrating her 125th birthday on Oct. 28 with a day of music, special tours and programs—followed by a year-long makeover.
The National Park Service announced this week that the $27.25 million renovation project, limited to the monument itself, will make the interior safer and more accessible by adding stairways and upgrading existing facilities.
Liberty Island will remain open and the 22-story statue—built in the 1880s and a gift from France—will be mostly unobstructed from view. (Photo credit: Andie Diemer)
USA Today | Airlines are rolling back the fare hikes they added following the partial shutdown of the Federal Administration on July 22. The move comes as previously suspended federal taxes are again being applied to airline tickets.
Since July 22, the FAA shutdown prompted some federal taxes to be removed from the cost of airline tickets. However, most major U.S. airlines opted to raise fares instead of passing that "tax holiday" on to consumers.
But, with the FAA impasses resolved—at least for now—the taxes are again being applied to tickets.