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In Transit Blog: Expedia and HomeAway Expand Rental Partnership

Written By wartini cantika on Minggu, 21 September 2014 | 17.35

Expedia and HomeAway have decided to expand a pilot partnership begun last year offering HomeAway listings through Expedia's website.

More than 100,000 home rentals are now available through Expedia's search engine (the test group was 10,000), with more to be added as the partnership develops, the vice president of Expedia, Arthur Chapin, said in an email.

"The impressive growth of companies like HomeAway and Airbnb is a clear indicator that this space has appeal," Mr. Chapin said. "It's created a fresh niche in the travel community. These type of vacation rentals are a great option for people looking for really unique amenities and I think travelers are pleased with the broader options."

Though Expedia can often negotiate discounted room rates with the hotels featured on its site, rates on HomeAway listings will continue to be set by individual property managers, as will their cancellation policies.

But Expedia users will get the benefit of being able to bundle home rentals with flights, cars and other travel bookings offered through the site.

"I think we now have the attention of online travel agencies across the board because HomeAway's websites recently eclipsed more than one million live listings in 190 countries," HomeAway's chief executive, Brian Sharples, said in an email. "Vacation rental owners and property managers on HomeAway collectively generated more than $11 billion in rental revenue on more than 144 million room nights in 2013."

For HomeAway, the partnership significantly increases a property manager's audience of potential renters, he said, and puts listings in front of a group who may not have considered a home rental for their vacations in the past.

There is an increasing awareness among travelers of the added benefits this type of rental can offer, and which a hotel often can't, Mr. Sharples said: more space and privacy, multiple bedrooms, kitchens and private pools.

As a result, the hospitality industry has been moving toward longer-stay and condo-like options for travelers, he said.

Hilton, for example, has been expanding its Home2Suites brand and others, like Booking.com, TripAdvisor and Wyndham, have also begun to place greater emphasis on their vacation rental businesses.

As to whether vacation rentals will eventually threaten the hotel industry, Mr. Chapin said no. "It's more of an evolution of our product lines if anything," he said. "To date, we haven't seen an impact on the hotel business as they're quite separate entities."


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In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall’s Fall, Commemorated by Light

Photo A rendering of "Lichtgrenze" in Berlin.Credit Daniel Büche

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be observed with miles of light during the weekend of Nov. 7 to 9.

A commemorative "Lichtgrenze," a light installation with 8,000 helium balloons, will run along the former wall route for eight miles, from Bornholmer Strasse past Brandenburg Gate and through "Checkpoint Charlie," the wall's best-known crossing.

The idea is to encourage Berliners and visitors to walk the length of the former wall to remember the days when Germany was divided.

The project's director, Moritz van Dülmen, said that the illuminations were chosen because "it was a peaceful revolution and the symbol of light was very important to us." He cited the weekly vigils held at St. Nikolai church with people marching through the streets holding candles as a catalyst for the destruction of the wall.

The balloons will be lit on Friday afternoon on Nov. 7 after sunset and released in dovelike fashion on Sunday evening at 7 to coincide with a performance of part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Brandenburg Gate; around one million attendees are expected.

Along with a temporary open-air exhibition that will showcase 100 stories along the wall will be a new permanent exhibition (the "Berlin Wall Memorial") that delves into the wall's history from 1961 to 1989; the exhibition t opens on Nov. 9.

Visitors are invited to submit wishes on the "Lichtgrenze" site; some of these will be written on postcards affixed to the balloons before they are released.


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In Transit Blog: Expedia and HomeAway Expand Rental Partnership

Written By wartini cantika on Sabtu, 20 September 2014 | 17.35

Expedia and HomeAway have decided to expand a pilot partnership begun last year offering HomeAway listings through Expedia's website.

More than 100,000 home rentals are now available through Expedia's search engine (the test group was 10,000), with more to be added as the partnership develops, the vice president of Expedia, Arthur Chapin, said in an email.

"The impressive growth of companies like HomeAway and Airbnb is a clear indicator that this space has appeal," Mr. Chapin said. "It's created a fresh niche in the travel community. These type of vacation rentals are a great option for people looking for really unique amenities and I think travelers are pleased with the broader options."

Though Expedia can often negotiate discounted room rates with the hotels featured on its site, rates on HomeAway listings will continue to be set by individual property managers, as will their cancellation policies.

But Expedia users will get the benefit of being able to bundle home rentals with flights, cars and other travel bookings offered through the site.

"I think we now have the attention of online travel agencies across the board because HomeAway's websites recently eclipsed more than one million live listings in 190 countries," HomeAway's chief executive, Brian Sharples, said in an email. "Vacation rental owners and property managers on HomeAway collectively generated more than $11 billion in rental revenue on more than 144 million room nights in 2013."

For HomeAway, the partnership significantly increases a property manager's audience of potential renters, he said, and puts listings in front of a group who may not have considered a home rental for their vacations in the past.

There is an increasing awareness among travelers of the added benefits this type of rental can offer, and which a hotel often can't, Mr. Sharples said: more space and privacy, multiple bedrooms, kitchens and private pools.

As a result, the hospitality industry has been moving toward longer-stay and condo-like options for travelers, he said.

Hilton, for example, has been expanding its Home2Suites brand and others, like Booking.com, TripAdvisor and Wyndham, have also begun to place greater emphasis on their vacation rental businesses.

As to whether vacation rentals will eventually threaten the hotel industry, Mr. Chapin said no. "It's more of an evolution of our product lines if anything," he said. "To date, we haven't seen an impact on the hotel business as they're quite separate entities."


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In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall’s Fall, Commemorated by Light

Photo A rendering of "Lichtgrenze" in Berlin.Credit Daniel Büche

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be observed with miles of light during the weekend of Nov. 7 to 9.

A commemorative "Lichtgrenze," a light installation with 8,000 helium balloons, will run along the former wall route for eight miles, from Bornholmer Strasse past Brandenburg Gate and through "Checkpoint Charlie," the wall's best-known crossing.

The idea is to encourage Berliners and visitors to walk the length of the former wall to remember the days when Germany was divided.

The project's director, Moritz van Dülmen, said that the illuminations were chosen because "it was a peaceful revolution and the symbol of light was very important to us." He cited the weekly vigils held at St. Nikolai church with people marching through the streets holding candles as a catalyst for the destruction of the wall.

The balloons will be lit on Friday afternoon on Nov. 7 after sunset and released in dovelike fashion on Sunday evening at 7 to coincide with a performance of part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Brandenburg Gate; around one million attendees are expected.

Along with a temporary open-air exhibition that will showcase 100 stories along the wall will be a new permanent exhibition (the "Berlin Wall Memorial") that delves into the wall's history from 1961 to 1989; the exhibition t opens on Nov. 9.

Visitors are invited to submit wishes on the "Lichtgrenze" site; some of these will be written on postcards affixed to the balloons before they are released.


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In Transit Blog: Apartment Accommodations, Hotel Services

Written By wartini cantika on Jumat, 19 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo An apartment on the website BeMate.com.Credit BeMate.com

Travelers who like the less-touristy idea of booking an apartment when they're visiting a new city but also want the amenities of a hotel can now have both with BeMate.com, a service that launched Wednesday with 2,500 apartments in 10 cities including New York, Miami, Florence, Amsterdam and Madrid.

The spaces, studios to four-bedrooms, have upscale furnishings and full kitchens and come with perks typically reserved for hotel guests.

The concept was created by Enrique Sarasola, the owner of the Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels, a design-centric brand with 18 worldwide locations, and because all the apartments are a 10-minute walk from one of the properties or another affiliate of a comparable level, renters will have access to that hotel's services.

They can pick up and drop off  keys, store their luggage and call the concierge 24 hours a day for extra pillows or blankets, restaurant reservations, getting a broken appliance fixed or a medical emergency. For an additional fee, they can have turndown service, babysitting and housekeeping.

Mr. Sarasola said that a member of BeMate.com's staff has toured each of the apartments on its site and that he is trying to address a challenge many travelers face. "So many of us, myself included, want the homey feel of an apartment when we're on the road but don't want to give up the conveniences of staying at a hotel," he said.

He said he plans to expand to more than 200 cities by the end of 2015 and will introduce an app for iPhones and Android in November. Rates from $200 a night.


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In Transit Blog: A Paris Vacation, Cooking Class Included

Photo Le Pavillon des Lettres in Paris.Credit Pavillon des Lettres

For many travelers heading to Paris, a fine-dining meal at one of the many notable restaurants is a must, but the Le Pavillon des Lettres hotel has a new package for its guests that goes beyond the standard dinner out.

The 26-room property in the city's  Eighth Arrondissement is offering a cooking class with a member of the culinary team at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Grand Véfour, who have all been trained by the well-regarded  head chef, Guy Martin.

The lessons are two hours long and take place in a large test kitchen that's a five-minute walk from the hotel.

The instructor teaches students, limited to 20, how to prepare three courses of Parisian classics such as a baked egg with foie gras appetizer, roasted salmon with glazed carrots for an entree and chocolate macarons for dessert.

After watching the teacher cook, participants have a chance to prepare the meal themselves and enjoy it for lunch.

Vanessa Jacquiot, the hotel's sales manager, said that they created the package after numerous requests from guests.

"People who visit Paris want to experience the big gastronomic culture here, and our clients were asking for something more than just going to a restaurant," she said in a phone interview.

Classes are usually held Monday through Saturday, and rates begin at 425 euros (about $540) for two people.

Private classes are also available.


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T Magazine: Phoebe English, London’s Newest Designer to Watch, on Her Hometown Haunts

Written By wartini cantika on Kamis, 18 September 2014 | 17.35

Bulletproof vests, smashed cliffs, bleak winter beaches and Victorian mirrors are just a few of the references the British fashion designer Phoebe English draws on in her work. Since graduating three years ago from the master's program at Central Saint Martins, where she studied under the legendary professor Louise Wilson, the young designer has sought to translate abstract ideas into wearable garments, allowing a certain haunting rawness to linger on the surface. Her collections — which Dover Street Market has carried since her debut in 2011 — feature details such as exposed net pockets, unfinished hems and fabrics that appear turned inside-out. For spring/summer 2015, which she will present today, English collaborated with the London-based print designer and illustrator Helen Bullock and played with the idea of "shedding skin, doubles and built-up surfaces," she says.

When she's not in the studio, English is keen to be out and about in London, where she lives in Dalston, in the eastern borough of Hackney. Here, she lists her favorite places to eat, drink, unwind and get inspired.

Photo
Clockwise from left: the Victoria & Albert Museum; Algerian Coffee Stores in Covent Garden; swimming ponds at Hampstead Heath. Credit Clockwise from left: courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum; courtesy of Algerian Coffee Stores; Andrew Testa for The New York Times.

The Dog & Bell: old-school pub 
"I like pubs, mainly because of the history you feel when you are in one. There is a wonderful old pub in South London called the Dog & Bell. It's like being in a fantastic time warp — you feel miles away from the city when you are inside."
116 Prince Street, +44 20 8692 5664

Victoria and Albert Museum: inspiration go-to
"I could happily spend weeks and weeks living in there and still never get bored. It's an endlessly fascinating place. I love that there is usually nobody on the top floors so you can have the cavernous spaces all to yourself."
Cromwell Road, vam.ac.uk

Algerian Coffee Stores: tea time
"I'm definitely a tea person. I like to buy my loose-leaf tea in a wonderful shop on Old Compton Street in Soho called Algerian Coffee Stores. It's a bit like being in the V&A for me, but with a better smell."
52 Old Compton Street, algcoffee.co.uk.

London Fields: the head-clearing walk
"You can never get bored walking around London. If there isn't an amazing building to see, there is an incredible variety of people, characters and dress sense to observe. I love walking from the studio to my home, through London Fields, which is really lovely since they have planted a huge flowering meadow in the middle of it this year."
hackney.gov.uk

Evin Cafe: Turkish breakfast
"This is probably the place in Dalston where I have spent most of my time. I love Turkish breakfast there on a sunny Sunday morning."
115 Kingsland High Street, evincafe.co.uk

Hampstead Heath ponds: a cool dip
"If I can't go by car to the sea, I love cold-water swimming in the outdoor ladies' ponds in Hampstead Heath. It's like swimming in a beautiful remote garden."
cityoflondon.gov.uk

The George & Dragon: the weekend hangout
"They always have amazing music on the weekend. When I moved to London to study, the first thing I did was to have a drink there. It's still a very special place for me because of this. Whenever I go in there now I can't help but remember the person I was back then, a fresh-faced 19-year-old from the countryside!"
2 Hackney Road, twitter.com/george_dragon_

Cushendun, Northern Ireland: the getaway
"I'm going to Paris for sales, but straight after that I am zooming as fast as I can to Northern Ireland to my aunt's house in Cushendun. It is the closest place to heaven I have ever experienced, it's so epically beautiful. A lot of Game of Thrones is shot around there; every time I watch an episode I squeak, 'I know that rock!' "

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In Transit Blog: Apartment Accommodations, Hotel Services

Photo An apartment on the website BeMate.com.Credit BeMate.com

Travelers who like the less-touristy idea of booking an apartment when they're visiting a new city but also want the amenities of a hotel can now have both with BeMate.com, a service that launched today (Wednesday, Sept. 17) with 2,500 apartments in 10 cities including New York, Miami, Florence, Amsterdam and Madrid.

The spaces, studios to four-bedrooms, have upscale furnishings and full kitchens and come with perks typically reserved for hotel guests.

The concept was created by Enrique Sarasola, the owner of the Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels, a design-centric brand with 18 worldwide locations, and because all the apartments are a 10-minute walk from one of the properties or another affiliate of a comparable level, renters will have access to that hotel's services.

They can pick up and drop off  keys, store their luggage and call the concierge 24 hours a day for extra pillows or blankets, restaurant reservations, getting a broken appliance fixed or a medical emergency. For an additional fee, they can have turndown service, babysitting and housekeeping.

Mr. Sarasola said that a member of BeMate.com's staff has toured each of the apartments on its site and that he is trying to address a challenge many travelers face. "So many of us, myself included, want the homey feel of an apartment when we're on the road but don't want to give up the conveniences of staying at a hotel," he said.

He said he plans to expand to more than 200 cities by the end of 2015 and will introduce an app for iPhones and Android in November. Rates from $200 a night.


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In Transit Blog: A Planning Site That Cuts to the Chase

Written By wartini cantika on Rabu, 17 September 2014 | 17.36

Photo The Villy website.Credit Villy

Finding the right hotel in a destination can be time-consuming, comparing destination information to maps, restaurant reviews and more. Expedia found travelers visit an average of 38 websites before booking a vacation package.

Aiming to reduce that search by focusing on location, the new website Villy considers a traveler's interests – options include restaurants, bars, nightclubs, museums, sightseeing and shopping — and how a person is traveling: alone, as a couple, with family or friends.

It then matches a traveler to a neighborhood, providing a score from one to 10 indicating its fit based on local attractions a user might like, the number of restaurants nearby and other criteria listed as important.

Users can interact with Villy's city-wide map to see where sites of interest are located, and change hotel recommendations by noting a price range. A hotel booking window links to Expedia, Villy's partner.

"We think there's an overload of data on the Internet, and for a user now it's very frustrating and takes a long time to do research, which a lot of people don't like to do," said Rami Lachter, who with Itai Turbahn, both enrolled in the M.B.A. program at Harvard University, created Villy, which became available Tuesday.

"The value proposition is having a better vacation starting now by saving time and frustration at no extra cost," he said.

Currently 10 cities are covered by the site, including Miami, New York and San Francisco domestically, and Bangkok, London and Paris among those abroad, with plans to add Tokyo and Amsterdam.

The project was born of Mr. Lachter's passion for travel, and frustration with choosing a hotel in the right location.

Before Villy, he said, he had trouble in Bangkok, ultimately making an inconvenient choice. "It took me an hour and a half to meet my friends," he said.


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In Transit Blog: Walkabout: Marriott Encourages Tipping; Air France Pilots Strike

Written By wartini cantika on Selasa, 16 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo An envelope that Marriott International will be placing in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week.Credit A Woman's Nation, via Associated Press
Walkabout

A weekly capsule of travel news curated by our writers and editors.

Please Give Marriott International is placing envelopes in more than 160,000 rooms in the United States and Canada to encourage tipping the people who clean guest rooms. (CNN)

At a Standstill With Air France pilots on strike, and over half of Monday flights canceled, things are quiet — too quiet! — at Paris airports. (The New York Times)

Tuning Out Sensory-isolation helmets: Airbus's latest idea for reducing the miseries of air travel. (Skift) 

Flying the Coop If you were the parent of an 11-year-old, would you let him or her travel abroad without supervision? (Yahoo)


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