Cities around the world seek to emulate NYC’s elevated park

The success of New York City’s elevated park, the High Line, has inspired a slew of projects across the United States and internationally that repurpose rusting ribbons of steel and concrete as green space in hopes of rejuvenating neighborhoods or reclaiming overbuilt riverfronts. Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, London and New York’s capital of Albany are among the cities with High Line-style projects completed or in the planning stages. All seek to capture at least some of the popularity of the 23-block-long railroad viaduct in lower Manhattan planted with trees, shrubs and…

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Colorful Travel Photos From Around the World

The colorful streets of Bo Kaap weren’t always this way. The facades were once mandated to be a drab, uniform color during Apartheid. After, the residents painted their homes every color of the rainbow to celebrate their freedom from oppression. Brilliant blue corridors, golden-dawn balloon rides, jewel green basketball courts: Colors often streak a rainbow of experiences across traveler’s minds to leave lifelong memories. From ruby red powder used to celebrate in India, to a mustard yellow curtain in Bhutan, or historically significant paint in South Africa, colors mark time and place for…

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Indian Angel Network plans investment in around 150 startups

NEW DELHI: Venture capital consortium Indian Angel Network (IAN) is looking to invest in about 150 start-up firms in coming 4-5 years, a co-founder of the investment group said. “We have made six commitments as of now. In next 4-5 years, we have plans to invest in 100-150 firms,” said IAN co- founder Saurabh Srivastava. He said there is no shortage of funds at IAN and investors are looking at right opportunities. “We have funded in range of half a million to a million. Some has been to the tune of 3…

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How Hotel, Airbnb Rates Compare Around the World

There’s been tons of buzz surrounding the battle betweenhotels and home-sharing services of late, with several studies pitting Airbnb against the hotel industry. But a new study from bus travel booking website Busbud reveals there are pros and cons to each when it comes to pricing. Busbud analyzed approximately 220,000 Airbnb listings and average hotel rates on Hotels.com over the first half of 2015 to examine how hotel and Airbnb rates compare in 22 major cities around the world. The study found that the average Airbnb listing was cheaper than the…

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ASTA Applauds Hilton’s Agent-Inclusive ‘Stop Clicking Around’ Campaign

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is praising Hilton Worldwide in wake of the company’s new “Stop Clicking Around” campaign, which promises exclusive discounted rates and benefits to HHonors members who book through its own channels, including approved travel agents. “Representatives of ASTA and Hilton have recently held discussions on a variety of industry issues of mutual concern. These discussions have been productive and we are appreciative of Hilton’s willingness to engage with us,” ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby said in a statement issued Thursday. “Hilton’s recognition of…

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