News and notes from around the interweb:
- Trivago spend $3.7 million so far in July trolling Tripadvisor.
Whether Trivago’s reviews are more reliable than TripAdvisor’s is debatable. Still, it is ironic to see a unit of Expedia, which previously owned TripAdvisor and is one of TripAdvisor’s largest customers, taking the side of hotel owners and complaining about “unfair” reviews.
- A woman is suing Asiana Airlines for burns she suffered on a Seoul – Paris flight as a result of hot instant noodles spilling on her.
“I had been planning to continue my career in broadcasting, fashion and hair design, using my physical beauty as my strength, but that’s become impossible because of the hideous burns,” Jang said. “I can’t continue work at the bakery either because I have developed an extreme fear of working near 800-degree hot ovens.”
Asiana responds that they aren’t really to blame since “the passenger accidentally knocked over the tray on which the noodles were placed.” (HT: Brian Sumers)
- Kuala Lumpur’s new budget terminal is sinking.
- Delta has talked about wanting a Shanghai hub. Perhaps sensing value with continued stock sell offs in China (and the Chinese government perhaps being more open to foreign investment to bolster their own stabilization efforts), Delta is investing $450 million in China Eastern for a 3.55% stake in the Skyteam carrier. This gets Delta better Shanghai coordination, having already moved flights to terminal 1 to co-locate with the Chinese carrier.
- What’s killing Hong Kong’s economy. By some estimates as much as 25% of the economy is sales of luxury goods (which dwarfs even Japan). But with mainland China’s economy slowing — and especially with the Chinese government’s crackdown on corruption — sales of luxury goods there have plummeted.
- The British ‘Airbnb for the rich’ sees opportunities to partner with traditional hotel companies. (HT: Alan H.) It would be interesting to see Airbnb partner with a coalition loyalty program, at least.