A unicorn apart: Among private tech firms, Airbnb has pursued a distinct strategy | The Economist

UNTIL recently “Uber envy” afflicted many top executives at Airbnb, a platform for booking overnight stays in other people’s homes. So admits a big investor in the firm. The two companies often raised money at the same time, and the ride-hailing giant reliably received more cash and closer attention.

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Japanese theme park’s floating hotel room lets you spend a night bobbing through the sea | Evening Standard

If Robinson Crusoe holidays are your type of thing, you’ll want to know about a new hotel concept that’s about to take Japan by storm.

Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park on the edge of Nagasaki, is planning to launch a fleet of pod-like, capsule hotel rooms that float in the water, so guests can wake up at a new destination each morning.

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Robot Customer Service Will Dominate Travel in the Future | Motherboard

“I am Chihira Kanae, a Toshiba communication android,” said a humanoid robot standing onstage as part of a presentation on the future of travel at the ITB Travel Fair earlier this year in Berlin.

Wearing a blue uniform and a white collared shirt framing her silicone neck and face, Kanae robot blinked as she spoke to an audience of flashing cameras.

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