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News: Finn Partners launches TravelTech alongside Brighter Group

Global marketing and communications firm, Finn Partners, has launched a dedicated travel technology group, TravelTech.  Finn Partners has more than 100 people in its global technology practice, and one of the largest tourism teams in the world. The formation of the new group, which will consist of staff across Finn’s global network, was motivated by the agency’s recent acquisition of UK-based, The Brighter Group. Industry firm CB Insights reports that the travel tech space is rapidly evolving, saying that deals and dollars reached record annual highs in 2017, with $…

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Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Google has launched an ad-blocker for its Chrome web browser that is designed to prevent “annoying” and “intrusive” ads being shown to users. Google announced the move to curtail full-page and auto-playing video ads, among others, last year. The choice of which ads to block will be determined by the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA) – made up of companies including Google and Facebook. Sites will have 30 days to remove disruptive ads before blocking begins. A survey of 40,000 US and European web users found that the most intrusive…

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News: Norwegian launches new low-cost route to Argentina

Norwegian is continuing its global expansion today by launching the UK’s first low fare route to South America, with a non-stop service from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires. The new year-round service will begin by offering four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport. Norwegian chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, said: “Today we have marked the start of our new expansion into South America by bringing a taste of Argentina to London Gatwick. “I am delighted to bring our high quality long-haul flights to another continent as…

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BBC launches first augmented reality app for Civilisations

The BBC is launching its first augmented reality app. It will enable people to explore historical artefacts from UK museums in virtual exhibitions. It is a companion to BBC Two’s Civilisations series, which will be broadcast in spring 2018. Users will be able to view and explore artefacts virtually – for example, looking at a mummy inside a sarcophagus. Other broadcasters are also experimenting with the technology. Sky ran an AR-based marketing campaign last year to promote its Q TV service, allowing consumers to interact with virtual versions of characters…

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Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

Media playback is unsupported on your device US entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mammoth vehicle – the most powerful since the shuttle system – lifted clear of its pad without incident to soar high over the Atlantic Ocean. It was billed as a risky test flight in advance of the lift-off. The SpaceX CEO said the challenges of developing the new rocket meant the chances of a successful first outing might be only 50-50. With this…

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Noel Edmonds launches anti-Lloyds radio station

Abba’s Money Money Money, Eurythmics’ Would I Lie To You and Destiny’s Child’s Survivor are on the playlist for a radio station set up by Noel Edmonds to get back at Lloyds Bank. The star is seeking £60m compensation from Lloyds after falling victim to a multi-million pound fraud a decade ago. He has now set up an online radio station called Positively Noel. Between songs, he plays messages about his case and encourages Lloyds staff to call his whistleblowing hotline. The songs all relate to the TV and radio…

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News: UK Civil Aviation Authority launches passenger seating review

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a review of airline allocated seating polices after conducting consumer research that showed the current approach to allocated seating is causing confusion. The CAA research of over 4,000 consumers who have flown as part of a group (of two or more people) in the last year, found that just over half of respondents reported that their airline informed them before they booked their flight that they would need to pay to ensure their group could sit together. At the same time, ten per…

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