AIRBNB CAN NOW SCAN GUESTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PSYCHOPATHIC TENDENCIES

Travel Weekly | January 08, 2020

AIRBNB CAN NOW SCAN GUESTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PSYCHOPATHIC TENDENCIES
It’s been more than a year since a patent for technology aimed at determining the “trustworthiness” and “compatibility” of people by Airbnb-owned tech company Trooly Inc was published in the US. The software, built to screen potentially dangerous and unruly guests using the Airbnb app, allows the short-term rental company to flag and investigate suspicious activity. But details of the capabilities of Airbnb’s “trait analyser” software specifically – which forms part of the company’s background check technology – have surfaced. And online personalities play a part in whether we are deemed suitable as guests of Airbnb properties. Moreover, according to the patent for the software, Airbnb is capable of scanning online sites, including social media, to determine traits against credit and identity checks and “secure third-party databases”.

Spotlight

Travel to the land that time forgot and set out on the journey of a lifetime in Patagonia, where Mother Nature runs the show. Patagonia, the fabled ‘edge of the world’, spans the southernmost regions of Chile and Argentina and can be rugged and desolate as well as breathtakingly beautiful and inviting.

Related News

VisitEngland Announces Virtual English Tourism Week from 25-31 May, Explains Agenda

VisitEngland | May 22, 2020

VisitEngland has today announced that this year’s English Tourism Week to highlight the economic importance and value of tourism to local economies across England is going virtual. VisitEngland has this year asked MPs to record video messages for use on their social media channels during English Tourism Week. VisitEngland has been working across the industry and with the UK Government to ensure that tourism is able to recover as quickly as possible once restrictions are lifted. VisitEngland has today announced that this year’s English Tourism Week to highlight the economic importance and value of tourism to local economies across England is going virtual. English Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the tourism industry, a week dedicated to showcasing England’s tourism offer. For this year’s event, being held from May 25-31, VisitEngland and local destinations are asking MPs, local authorities, the UK Government and other stakeholders to shine the spotlight on the importance of tourism to the local, regional and national economy and pledge their support to the sector’s recovery. "English Tourism Week recognises the important role the industry plays in our local, regional and national economies, supporting jobs and attracting investment. This is a challenging time for the industry and we're providing support through an unprecedented government package for businesses and workers. I hope everyone will use English Tourism Week as an opportunity to celebrate the sector, and we'll be encouraging people to book a great British holiday as soon as it is safe to do." English Tourism Week is all about highlighting the economic benefits that tourism brings to local economies, celebrating our diverse and exciting sector, and showcasing the quality, range and value of English tourism. ~ VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes "While we cannot run events as usual this year, the spirit of the week has never been more important. Tourism has been one of the first and hardest hit economic sectors due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this year’s virtual week is dedicated to showing support for the industry, the millions of people who work in it and the hundreds of thousands of businesses impacted. "It is also about looking towards the future recovery and doing everything we can right now to ensure that tourism can bounce back to once again become one of the most successful and vibrant sectors of the economy." VisitEngland has this year asked MPs to record video messages for use on their social media channels during English Tourism Week, pledging their support for tourism and highlighting the sector’s economic importance to their local economies. On Thursday, May, 28, as part of English Tourism Week, VisitEngland is also asking MPs to share photos and social media posts from previous English Tourism Weeks or from their favorite English holiday destinations using the hashtags #ThrowbackThursday and #EnglishTourismWeek20. VisitEngland has been working across the industry and with the UK Government to ensure that tourism is able to recover as quickly as possible once restrictions are lifted. In response to calls from across the industry, it is working to develop common industry standards that will provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism businesses, attractions and destinations in England as well as reassurance to visitors that businesses have clear processes in place when restrictions are lifted. Tourism is one of England’s largest and most valuable industries, supporting hundreds of thousands of businesses, employing more than 2.6 million people and generating more than £106 billion a year for the English economy. Learn More: ONLINE TRAVEL TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2020

Read More

TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Corporate Travel Technology Specialist Trondent Adds Covid Controls to Pre-Trip Approval Tools

Trondent | January 14, 2021

Corporate travel technology expert Trondent Development Corp. has added another Covid-19 informing add-on to its Authorizer AI and Authorizer Pro pre-trip approval platforms, empowering travel supervisors to convey important Covid-related data and cautions via email to travelers and trip approvers, the organization reported. Travel administrators can choose from various data parameters to decide when an alarm is sent and which data is incorporated, in view of organization strategy, Trondent said. Messaging can incorporate a scope of traits for a particular objective, for example, number of cases, late contamination patterns, lockdown and social removing boundaries and passage necessities. When a traveler attempts to book an outing, an email specifying in- and out-of-compliance aspects of the booking is sent to the approver, who can approve or deny the request. After an trip is endorsed, the traveler gets an email with destination-relevant Covid-related information and corporate policy information. Pre-trip endorsement boundaries have seen a resurgence in the midst of the continuous Covid-19 pandemic as corporate travel managers try to satisfy duty-of-care responsibilities. Suppliers including Adelman Travel and Cornerstone Information Systems have turned out new devices intended to incorporate Covid-explicit policy elements into pre-trip approval flows.

Read More

TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Travel companies ask European regulators to enforce Google dominance decision

Google | November 18, 2020

Travel innovation organizations are pushing for the European Commission to address Google's act of presenting its own administrations as a rule search. In a letter to Margrethe Vestager, magistrate for rivalry, 130 organizations and 28 industry associations, over various areas, request that the Commission "enforce its 2017 abuse of dominance decision." The letter says that Google doesn't contend reasonably in search and has not accomplished by "competing on the merit." The letter proceeds to state that despite the fact that the impending recommendations on the guideline of computerized watchmen may support longer term, the Commission should act currently, utilizing the current system, to address the circumstance. "Many of us may not have the strength and resources to wait until such regulation really takes effect."

Read More

Spotlight

Travel to the land that time forgot and set out on the journey of a lifetime in Patagonia, where Mother Nature runs the show. Patagonia, the fabled ‘edge of the world’, spans the southernmost regions of Chile and Argentina and can be rugged and desolate as well as breathtakingly beautiful and inviting.