Expedia Group: The World’s Travel Platform. Really?

Expedia Group: The World’s Travel Platform. Really?

Since Expedia changed its name from Expedia Inc. to Expedia Group in March, it has been touting itself as “The World’s Travel Platform.” At the company’s partner conference in December, executives took the stage in Las Vegas and variously described the company as already being “The World’s Travel Platform” or aspiring to reach that status. They even made plenty of comparisons to Google, Amazon, and Facebook. Join the 250,000 travel executives that already read our daily newsletter. The boast might come as a shock to millions of people from China to India,…

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How the internet reshaped Market Street’s Art Deco monolith

How the internet reshaped Market Street’s Art Deco monolith

This is a story about adaptive reuse, unplanned obsolescence, and the way one building can straddle two centuries and come to embody the fickle nature of commerce in a modern American city. The hulking, Mayan-inspired, Art Deco monolith originally known as the Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart has stood on its Market Street block between Ninth and Tenth streets for 81 years now. Completed in the summer of 1937—the same year as the Golden Gate Bridge—at a cost of $3 million and after just one year of construction, the…

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Can AI Powered Education Close The Global Gender Gap?

Can AI Powered Education Close The Global Gender Gap?

Education is one of the most powerful predictors of future success that human society has at its disposal. How we gather, process, and disseminate knowledge to each successive generation impacts not just individual success, but a host of other related factors such as economic growth, political empowerment, and technological innovation. It is no secret that access to more effective education for individual students is a key factor in the overall betterment of society – and to women’s role in society. I’ve long been a proponent of better education for women…

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Why Colette is queen of the influencers

Why Colette is queen of the influencers

Open Colette’s Wikipedia entry and – just as with one of her novels – you’re hooked right away. “She was a French author and woman of letters, also known as a mime, actress and journalist, nominated for the Nobel prize in literature in 1948.” She wrote more than 30 novels and was called “the greatest living French writer of fiction” by the New York Times, just before her death in 1954. That’s not to mention her status as the ultimate cat lover. Thanks to Colette, feline fans on Instagram have an almost endless…

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Delhi Fashion Designer’s Plea On “The Accidental Prime Minister” Rejected

Delhi Fashion Designer’s Plea On “The Accidental Prime Minister” Rejected

NEW DELHI:  The Delhi High Court on Monday disposed off a plea seeking a ban on the trailer of the movie “The Accidental Prime Minister”, saying it should be refiled at a public suit. Justice Vibhu Bakhru observed that the petitioner, Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi-based fashion designer, has no personal interest in the matter should refile it as PIL. The plea, filed by Ms Mahajan through her counsel Arun Maitri, said the trailer violated Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code as impersonation of a living character or living persons…

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Qatar Airways Buys Into Fast-Growing Chinese Market, With One Eye On The Future

Qatar Airways Buys Into Fast-Growing Chinese Market, With One Eye On The Future

Qatar Airways has taken a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in China, in a potentially significant new development for the Gulf airline’s global investment strategy. The Qatari carrier announced the purchase on January 2, saying it had bought the shares just before the turn of the year. The deal gives it a useful foot-hold in what is expected to become the largest aviation market in the world in the coming decade. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade body for the world’s airlines, predicts 1…

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Hilton’s Conrad checks in to the sleepy pensioners’ town of Pune

Hilton’s Conrad checks in to the sleepy pensioners’ town of Pune

The city of Peshwas, once known for its wada-style housing and traditional bazaars, is now home to luxury hotels, fine dine restaurants and fancy apartments. Luxury real estate was the early entrant into the traditional market and the segment has seen a jump of 10 percent in prices in the past year, states Cushman and Wakefield. Hotels such as Conrad Pune brought global hospitality experiences to Pune. Fine dining restaurants and fashion businesses followed suit. Deepali Nandwani share My first reaction when I heard that the country’s first Conrad was…

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ESA’s Mars probe captures image of 82-km-wide ice-filled crater on the Red Planet’s surface

ESA’s Mars probe captures image of 82-km-wide ice-filled crater on the Red Planet’s surface

There was a time when the news that scientists may have found water on Mars fascinated and awed the world. And now is the time when there are actual pictures that show a hint of a possibility that it might be true. The European Space Agency has revealed images captured by its Mars Express probe which show a giant crater called ‘Korolev’ on the surface of the Red Planet. The crater has been named after chief rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev, who has been dubbed as the father…

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Where the super wealthy are investing their money

Where the super wealthy are investing their money

Where the ultra-rich invest during a volatile market   7:30 AM ET Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | 03:13 Ultra-wealthy investors aren’t bullish on the markets but they are well positioned to “weather the storm,” according to Michael Sonnenfeldt, founder of investment club Tiger 21. In the third quarter, Tiger 21 members moved more capital into real estate and private equity, according to its latest asset allocation report. The network, which is made up of more than 600 entrepreneurs from every industry, has $60 billion in assets. Real estate accounts for 28…

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Perfectly preserved £230,000 art deco home goes back on the market for the first time since it was sold on the outbreak of WWII… and even comes with the original furniture

Perfectly preserved £230,000 art deco home goes back on the market for the first time since it was sold on the outbreak of WWII… and even comes with the original furniture

A unique art deco house that was sold in the year the Second World War broke out and is still brimming with original features has gone on the market for £230,000. The keys to this time capsule home called Heol Bryngwili in Cross Hands near Llanelli, in Wales, were handed to the first owners in the autumn of 1939 – and it has remained in the same family until now. Even most of the furniture is original and can come with the property, which is the most distinctive on the street, if wanted….

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