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TECH 27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 PM

Barcelona mayor's tourism crackdown puts Airbnb in firing line

Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm.

TECH 23 Jan 2018 | 1:00 AM

AI, virtual reality make inroads in tourism sector

A hotel room automatically adjusting to the tastes of each guest, virtual reality headsets as brochures: the tourism sector is starting to embrace new technologies, hoping to benefit from lucrative personal data.

TECH 23 Jun 2016 | 11:09 AM

French tourism association files complaint against Airbnb

A French association of hotel and tourism companies said it had filed a complaint with Paris prosecutors against websites that offer private holiday rentals, such as Airbnb, for unfair competition.

TECH 19 Mar 2019 | 10:30 PM

Istanbul launches major digital-focused tourism campaign

After the cosmopolitan destination welcomed some 13.4 million visitors in 2018 the Turkish city's Metropolitan Municipality has launched an extensive global tourism campaign, notably focusing on digital platforms, to promote Istanbul as a must-visit destination.

TECH 26 Apr 2019 | 1:30 AM

Influencer invasion as Pakistan launches tourism push

They are young, Western, and full of praise for Pakistan: Travel influencers have moved in on the “land of the pure”, but critics warn their rose-tinted filters are irresponsible and sell an inaccurate picture of the conservative, militancy-scarred country.

TECH 13 May 2016 | 6:30 AM

New tech fuelling global boom in child sex tourism: study

Technology is transforming the global sex trade and making it easier than ever for travellers to prey on children, a landmark study on paedophiles warned.

TECH 28 May 2019 | 4:00 AM

Ancient Yunnan embraces facial recognition, social media to boost tourism industry

The Yunnan tourism app has attracted more than 23 million users.

TECH 24 May 2017 | 3:00 AM

Sweden’s tourism office lists the entire country on Airbnb

Sweden has gone and listed the entire country on the short-term vacation rental site Airbnb, in a PR stunt that aims to highlight its natural heritage.

TECH 22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 AM

Japan's tourism office to analyse tweets from foreigners

Travelling throughout Japan and have a beef about the country's public transportation or tourist services? Air your complaint over on Twitter and odds are it will be heard.

TECH 22 Mar 2019 | 10:46 AM

China’s Tourism Ministry develops toilet locator service for visitors

Visitors to China will soon be able to easily find some 20,000 toilets through Baidu's map app, thanks to the Culture and Tourism Ministry's oddly specific request.