Trip News: August 3, 2018

Santorini Greece

Condé Nast Triper

The Greek island of Santorini is set to introduce another set of restrictions: But this time, they will be around its famed donkeys, which are used to ferry tourists around places on the island where cars can’t travel, including some 600 steps up the winding, cobblestoned Karavolades stairs in the town of Fira, reports Newsweek.

Animal rights activists and charities say that the animals are overworked—often making four to five trips up the stairs a day, and working 12-hour days in 86-degree heat—and are suffering spinal injuries and saddle sores because of heavy tourists, reports The Telegraph. The donkeys are also reportedly used to haul luggage, trash, and more around the island, reports the Evening Standard. (Donkeys should carry no more than 20 percent of their own body weight, according to the charity Help the Santorini Donkeys.)



Although mobile penetration and usage continues to grow, travelers in most parts of the world are still doing their searching and price comparison on desktop.

That’s one of the findings in Sojern’s latest Global Trip Insights report, with analysis of global data from the second quarter of 2018. Sojern says brands can use the booking behavior data to fine-tune the timing and content of marketing messages.

North America travelers are the most likely to turn to their desktop computer to search for travel (72%), with Asia Pacific (67%) and Latin American (64%) travelers next on the list.


Mental Floss

At the newly opened Shipwreck Lodge on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, guests can stay in cabins designed to echo the rusted carcasses of ships that were smashed on the country’s inhospitable shores.

Those wrecks aren’t the only reason this stretch of land is called the Skeleton Coast; the sand dunes are also covered with whale and seal bones from the 19th century, when the whaling industry was going strong. And yes, there are human skeletons, too: the remains of all the sailors who lost their lives to the rough seas, jagged rocks, and opaque fog.


Trip Pulse

Long united geographically but seldom in tourism marketing, government officials of the Dutch and French sides of dual-island Caribbean nation Sint Maarten met recently to outline goals of a tourism marketing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Dutch and French tourism stakeholders forged the MOU earlier this year to generate “greater collaboration on destination marketing” under the theme “One Island Cooperation,” said Dutch and French government officials.

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By: Mike

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