“More time is needed.” It’s big news from Google, which has decided to postpone withdrawing support for third-party cookies on Chrome, the leading browser. The 2022 timeline was planned pre-Covid. It’s now meant to take place over three months beginning sometime late in 2023. A Google blog post, “An Updated Timeline for Privacy Sandbox Milestones,” was published on June 24, 2021.
Search demand for travel in May was up 270% compared to May 2020. Searches for the term “beach holiday” have been steadily rising in 2020 but “city breaks” are not yet recovering compared to 2019 levels. Activities also seem to be on consumers’ minds, with the term “rentals near” seeing global growth of 100% year-on-year. (Source: Travel Smart News and Phocuswire)
Another death to report: After 17 years, The New York Times has pulled the plug on the huge, international annual New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center in NYC. Billed as one of the world’s largest, it typically attracted 34,000 people over a weekend in January, also with a trade component. No word on 2023. Also, The New York Times has “temporarily shuttered” its stand-alone Travel Sunday Times section and has reassigned its travel writers and editors to lifestyle content.
What’s 26 feet tall and tugs at a billowing skirt? Following a seven-year absence, that pose from “The Seven Year Itch” returns. “Marilyn Forever” is back in downtown Palm Springs, permanently. When she was there from 2012 to 2014, the towering statue was a hot attraction. Does she represent the brand? Is she controversial? Yup. Cheers and jeers reads this local headline.
|Did you know?
1) You can share tweets directly to Instagram stories now. Twitter has just added the capability to share tweets directly to Instagram stories, although you can’t tap the tweets to hop back to Twitter. It’s iOS-only for the moment.
2) You might be able to post to Instagram from your desktop soon
. The platform is testing a feature that would allow users to post from keyboards. The feature’s appearance is similar to how it looks on the mobile app. (Sources: PR Week, Mashable, and TechCrunch)
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the latest vaccine incentive: The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC will be giving away travel prizes worth up to $2,000 to spectators at upcoming games at Providence Park, offered through Travel Oregon. Prizes include three-night ski trips to Mt. Hood or Mt. Bachelor, kayaking on the Oregon coast, a visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and a wine tour of the Willamette Valley.
Six-hour journey in space, anyone? You don’t even have to go with Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, or Richard Branson…you can go with your friends.
Reservations are open for a seat on Spaceship Neptune and 2024 is already sold out.
The “spaceballoon” will travel 100,000 feet high to provide 360-degree views of planet Earth from 20 miles. Aboard this spaceflight luxury journey, up to eight guests will enjoy a comfortable capsule, complete with a bar and a bathroom for $125,000 pp. Passengers will soar above 99% of the earth’s atmosphere and then glide for two hours checking out the biosphere and earth’s curvature seen from vast viewing windows.
Space travel experts Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum are behind the Space Perspective project that rewrites the engineering playbook: It doesn’t use rocket propulsion or g-force acceleration. Launch pads are at the Kennedy Space Center and Jacksonville’s Cecil Spaceport; the company eventually plans to lift off from sites in Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps even from ocean platforms.