Cindy McCain: ‘It’s time we get behind Joe Biden as our next president’

first_imgThe wife of late Republican Arizona Senator John McCain says “it’s time we get behind” Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.Cindy McCain spoke to CBS This Morning as the traditionally Republican state of Arizona was projected as a win for Mr Biden.- Advertisement – Mrs McCain, who endorsed Mr Biden in the election, said he would work for the good of the country: “He and my husband worked across the aisle for many, many years.” – Advertisement –last_img

Dream Castle ready to bid for Bahrain Trophy glory | Racing News

first_imgLoxley will be representing Godolphin, as will Dream Castle – a winner at the highest level in Dubai in 2019.“Dream Castle is a nice horse who always tries his best,” said Bin Suroor.“The surface will suit him, so we’re looking for a good run from him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “So far he’s in good form. He won well the race before his last one, and he ran well last time out, so we’re looking forward to seeing him race again.“He’s won a Group One in Meydan. He’s very good there – I think he enjoys being out there and he likes the track, (so) that’s why I think Bahrain might suit him.“The horse is tough. He’s doing well, and this looks a good race for him over a mile and a quarter – he’s fine over anything from a mile to 10 furlongs.”- Advertisement – Dream Castle is all set to bid for glory in the Bahrain International Trophy.Saeed bin Suroor’s six-year-old is due to come up against Aidan O’Brien’s 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign, last year’s Queen Anne Stakes hero Lord Glitters and Charlie Appleby’s Loxley on Friday.- Advertisement – Andrew Balding’s Bangkok and John Gosden’s Global Giant are other notable runners, along with the Hollie Doyle-ridden Deirdre.last_img read more

Tularemia agent found in DC air, but no cases seen

first_img See also: The CDC notice said the usual incubation period for the disease is 3 to 5 days, suggesting that anyone exposed around Sep 25 would have become ill by today. But in rare cases symptoms can take longer to appear, the agency said. The air samples that yielded the findings were collected between 10 a.m. Sep 24 and 10 a.m. Sep 25, the Post reported. The air monitors are part of the federal BioWatch program, which monitors the air for pathogens in major cities around the country. The Post said Washington area health officials were notified of the findings on Sep 30. CIDRAP overview of tularemia The United States had an average of about 124 cases of tularemia per year in the 1990s, most of them occurring in rural areas. Tick bites and handling of infected animals are the most common routes of infection, but people can also contract it from insect bites, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or inhaling the bacteria, according to the CDC. The disease can cause several different clinical syndromes, depending on the route of infection. The CDC notice said inhalation of the microbe is most likely to lead to pneumonic, oculoglandular, or oropharyngeal disease. Tularemia does not spread from person to person, and it can be effectively treated with antibiotics. But it can be fatal in some cases. The microbe is one of the six agents considered most likely to be used by terrorists as a biological weapon. But Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said the pathogen probably was a natural occurrence and not the result of bioterrorism, according to a Washington Post report. Roebuck said today he didn’t know yet what quantity of the agent was found or what strain of tularemia it was. Oct 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Several air sensors detected traces of the tularemia pathogen on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC, Sep 24 and 25, but no cases of illness have been reported among people who were in the area at the time, according to health officials. “We’re looking to find out if anyone in the medical community has any patients with symptoms that could be similar to tularemia,” he said. After tests in Washington detected the pathogen on air filters, further tests were done by the CDC in Atlanta, according to the Post. In a Sep 30 message to health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said environmental air monitors in the Capitol Mall “signaled the low level presence of Francisella tularensis,” the bacterium that causes tularemia. Tens of thousands of people were on the mall Sep 24 for antiwar demonstrations and the National Book Festival, according to the Post. But no cases or suspected cases of tularemia have been reported, CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News today.last_img read more

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Pandemic could cripple routine health services

first_img Teeter cited an estimate that a pandemic could kill 11,000 people in Seattle in 6 weeks, well above the usual toll in a year. In talking about the threat, she said, “You just have to be kind of plain-spoken and out there for the public.” Feb 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A major influenza pandemic would make it very difficult for the US healthcare system to maintain routine services, a reality that few Americans are aware of, a public health official said at a preparedness conference in Minneapolis today. “You balance the business continuity and the general health of the community,” Teeter said. “People will have to understand there will be a very different [healthcare] system in place,” she said. “If you don’t tell them the truth, I think we’ll have a huge social unrest problem.” “We have a whole team working on triage, self-care, and telephonic consultations,” among other approaches for maintaining services to special populations in that situation, Teeter said. Editor’s Note: This article was updated Aug 16, 2006, to correct a potentially misleading statement in the 3rd-to-last paragraph regarding Seattle residents’ concerns. “I don’t think Americans are the least bit prepared” for the potential effects on the health system, said Dorothy Teeter, interim director of public health for Seattle and King County, Wash. She was part of a panel at a national meeting on business preparedness for pandemic flu.center_img Teeter said her department has assembled a coalition of healthcare organizations “to work on what the healthcare system would look like” during a pandemic, when hospitals and clinics could be overwhelmed by thousands of seriously ill patients. The pandemic threat has Seattle residents asking questions about ideas that may sound extreme, according to Teeter. For example, some have asked about the community’s ability to handle a surge in victims from a pandemic flu, and if they will need to bury bodies in their backyards. King County has also set up groups to work with the business community and with public officials on pandemic preparedness, Teeter reported. The business group has discussed issues such as school closings. Business leaders said they would like a couple of days’ warning if the county decides to close schools, because many parents then would need to stay home to care for their children, she said. The business preparedness conference was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of the CIDRAP Web site, along with the US and Minnesota Chambers of Commerce. She also said the county is stockpiling oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to help maintain the healthcare workforce. “We’re not thinking about prophylactic use, because there’s not enough Tamiflu,” she said. “But we are going to be prepositioning Tamiflu. . . . We’ve been able to buy Tamiflu over and above normal use.”last_img read more

National conference to help business gird for pandemic flu

first_imgJan 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Decision makers in commerce and industry can explore how to plan effectively for an influenza pandemic at the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy’s (CIDRAP’s) second national conference on business preparedness, to be held Feb 5 and 6 in Orlando, Fla.Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will deliver the summit’s keynote speech on the significance of globalization and politics in responding to pandemic flu. Others on a long list of speakers include Margaret Chan, MD, the new director-general of the World Health Organization (via video); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH; CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH; John Barry, author of The Great Influenza; Rajeev Venkayya, MD, senior director for biodefense with the White House Homeland Security Council; risk communication consultant Peter Sandman, PhD; and Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh.Scientists suspect that the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has a 60% mortality rate in humans, could trigger the next human pandemic. The virus has already infected millions of birds globally; of 269 people infected to date, 163 have died.Osterholm said in a press release that the summit is an opportunity to review progress—or lack thereof—in preparedness planning during the past year in the private and public sectors.”Attendees will also delve into the specific tools necessary for the particular preparedness responsibilities within their organizations,” he said.Presentations and breakout sessions with experts from various fields including economics, law, government, media, and healthcare will focus on how to assess risks and implement practical solutions. Participants have the opportunity to learn the scientific facts behind pandemic flu and the economic, legal, and security implications of a pandemic, as well as hear what others are doing to prepare and how they can make their own plans more efficient. Other sessions will highlight historical perspectives, how to deal with apathy, communication strategies for different constituents, and factors to be considered in information technology and supply chains.The 2006 summit in Minneapolis, the first of its kind on a national scale, drew more than 200 organizations.Jeanne Denz, director of global benefits for General Mills Corp., who attended the last summit, said business preparedness today is somewhat better than it was a year ago. “I do, however, find that there are many organizations that are experiencing ‘pandemic fatigue,’ and the pace of activity has been much slower this past 12 months,” she told CIDRAP News.Denz will moderate a panel on human resources and pandemic preparedness at the summit. She said the conference allows business experts to learn about current thinking on the role that government and municipalities will play in a pandemic.”It is also an opportunity to share best practices on both processes and decisions that have been made, as well as ideas on how to create traction in the business community,” Denz said.Jeff Levi, director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit public health advocacy group, emphasized the need to understand the mutual expectations that government and business have of each other in a pandemic. Levi will moderate a panel on perspectives of the role of business and government in preparedness planning.Businesses are taking action in pandemic influenza preparedness, Levi told CIDRAP News. “There’s certainly been a lot more attention paid,” he said. “What the depth of the planning is is still questionable.”However, he noted that it is mostly large businesses that are making plans, while smaller businesses lag behind and require resources to help them move forward. “Large corporations have the wherewithal to do this,” he said. “It’s the small, midsize corporations that need more help . . . to be as well prepared.”Other panel sessions will explore what business and the media should expect of each other during a pandemic and what businesses should know about vaccines, antivirals, respirators, and masks.last_img read more

Avian flu strikes ducks near Hong Kong

first_imgSep 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Close to 10,000 ducks died recently of H5N1 avian influenza in a village in southern China not far from Hong Kong, and a local official said the ducks had been vaccinated against the virus, according to news reports.In China’s first H5N1 outbreak since May, 9,830 ducks died of the disease and another 22,800 were destroyed to keep it from spreading, according to a report that Chinese officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Sep 15. The outbreak began Sep 5.The disease struck in a village near Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, not far from the border with Hong Kong, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today. The story said Hong Kong news media had reported that 100,000 additional ducks were culled by local officials today to contain the disease.Yu Yedong, director of the Guangdong Animal Epidemic Prevention Centre, said the ducks had been vaccinated, according to the Standard, a Hong Kong newspaper. He said he believed the ducks became infected after the first of a scheduled two doses of vaccine. One dose is 65% effective and two doses are 90% effective, Yu told the newspaper.Ho Pak-Leung, an infectious disease expert at Hong Kong University, said the outbreak triggered fears in Hong Kong that the virus has mutated or the vaccine has become ineffective, according to the Standard.A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report says that poultry typically require two doses of vaccine for “adequate” protection against highly pathogenic avian flu viruses. Vaccinated birds usually are not fully protected from infection, but they have increased resistance and, if they become infected, suffer milder disease and shed less virus, according to the report.Hong Kong Health Secretary York Chow said Hong Kong had imposed a 21-day ban on imports of live poultry, eggs, and meat from farms near the outbreak site, according to AFP.Before the Guangdong outbreak, China’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in May in Hunan province, Guangdong’s northeastern neighbor, killing 11,172 ducklings. A Xinhua report said 52,800 birds were destroyed to stop the outbreak.China has had 25 human cases of H5N1 infection, 16 of them fatal, since 2003.See also: OIE reports on China outbreak report Preparing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza read more

Virus-sharing pact eludes WHO group, but work will continue

first_img Nov 19 CIDRAP News story “WHO group to tackle H5N1 virus-sharing dispute” See also: There were few detailed reports from each day of the conference, but a notable exception was a series of posts from Edward Hammond, director of the Sunshine Project, a watchdog group based in Austin, Tex., that monitors biodefense research safety. The Sunshine Group has collaborated with the Third World Network, a nongovernmental organization that advocates for developing countries, on reports that track patent activity related to the H5N1 virus. Hammond’s posts appeared on the Effect Measure public health blog. Nov 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) group that recently met to work out an agreement to ease the global sharing of H5N1 avian influenza viruses failed to resolve the issue, but signaled that work on the issues would continue. Effect Measure blog site Health ministry spokeswoman Lily Sulistiowati told Reuters today that Indonesia hopes negotiations over H5N1 sample sharing will continue. However, she said the demand for an MTA was nonnegotiable. “We will not send samples overseas without an MTA,” Sulistiowati said. In a Nov 24 post that summed up the results of the virus-sharing meeting, Hammond wrote that though the working group did not deliver the agreement that many had hoped for, it did make progress on some issues. The meeting produced a rough-draft text for moving forward that includes several promising ideas that countries such as Chile and Brazil brought to the meeting. However, he faulted the United States and the European Union for their reluctance to address problems, such as a perceived lack of transparency, with the Global Influenza Surveillance Network. Hammond wrote that the working group will likely reconvene for five days in July 2008. “‘More meetings’ is not an outcome satisfying to many and provides no immediate relief, but it remains the most important outcome of the meeting. The text has many good ideas,” he noted. “As important as the current Indonesia viruses are, this process is no longer Indonesia versus everyone else. There are many more countries and interests now at the table,” Hammond wrote, adding that he believes that the focus on equitable benefits from influenza research will eventually improve pandemic preparedness and public health. However, John Lange, the United States’ special representative for avian and pandemic influenza, said in the earlier Reuters report that he opposed automatic rewards for each sample a country shares. He maintained that it is important to protect patents related to the H5N1 virus, because vaccine development is risky, time-consuming, and expensive for pharmaceutical companies. Indonesia, represented by its health minister Siti Fadilah Supari, pushed for a material transfer agreement (MTA) for each virus sample it sends outside the country, specifying that the sample be used only for diagnostic purposes, according to a report today from Reuters. Commercial use of the virus would require the permission of the country that provided the sample. The country’s health minister has said that retaining the intellectual property rights to the H5N1 samples would ensure its citizens greater access to global pandemic vaccine stockpiles at more affordable prices. Gregory Hartl, WHO spokesman, said the next step for work on the virus-sharing issue is not clear, but officials will probably meet in a smaller working group in May ahead of the WHO’s World Health Assembly (WHA) that month, according to the Nov 23 Reuters report. He said a full working group session would be required after the WHA to finalize a virus-sharing agreement. The WHO working group on virus sharing met in Geneva from Nov 20 through Nov 23. An impasse over the virus-sharing issue began last December when Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by the H5N1 virus, stopped sending samples to WHO collaborating centers to protest the high cost and lack of access to vaccines that pharmaceutical companies are developing from the strains the country has shared. “Nobody can fault you for not trying. It is so close, yet so far away,” Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general, said in a session on the final day of the meeting, Reuters reported on Nov 23.last_img read more

HHS extends liability shield to antivirals used for H1N1

first_imgJun 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently provided a shield against damage claims related to the use of the antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) in the current H1N1 influenza pandemic.HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signed a notice extending liability protection under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. It was published in the Federal Register on Jun 19.The PREP Act allows the HHS secretary to provide liability protection related to the use of various medical measures against diseases that HHS determines to be health emergencies. Protections are already in place for the two antivirals when used against H5N1 influenza and for vaccines for H5N1 and other potential pandemic flu strains, among other drugs and vaccines.Liability protection is provided to groups and individuals involved in the development, manufacture, testing, distribution, administration, and use of medical countermeasures, according to HHS.Gretchen Michael, an HHS spokeswoman in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, described the antiviral-related move as routine. “This just sort of adapted the previous PREP Act documents for H1N1,” she said.Michael said the impulse for PREP Act liability protections has come primarily from the manufacturers of the relevant products. She said the oseltamivir protection measure was not related to the reports, mainly from Japan, of abnormal behavior in some adolescents who were given the drug.See also: Federal Register notice about liability protection for oseltamivir and zanamivir read more

Sustainable beach management in Istria through the “Green Beach” model

first_imgOn Thursday and Friday (March 15 and 16, 2018) in Poreč was held a conference “Sustainable Beach Management”, organized by the Administrative Department of Tourism of the Istrian County and the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in cooperation with the cities of Porec and NovigradIn accordance with the guidelines of the Regional Program for the Management and Management of Sea Beaches in Istria County, and for further public dialogue on responsible and sustainable beach management in Istria, the conference presented concrete examples from cities and municipalities in the Region of Tuscany, Cyprus and Istria. which tests and implements the “Green Beach” model. The Green Beach model is an example of a sustainable beach management model in the Mediterranean.The conference was attended by a total of 56 participants, representatives of local and regional self-government units, the Ministry of Tourism and the Istrian Development Tourism Agency, representatives of tourist boards and hotel companies and guests from Tuscany and Cyprus, scientists from the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism and others interested in sustainable beach management.Dr. sc. Dean Ban, director of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism, stressed that the task of the conference is to point out the importance of beach management as a significant tourist resource while respecting the principles of sustainable development. Since sustainable tourism development is an extremely important topic, he said that he is convinced that stakeholders in the local and regional community and beyond, which are directly related to the issue of sustainable development of maritime and coastal tourism, will recognize the role of the Institute in this project. knowledge transfer and international cooperation.The County Prefect of Istria Valter Flego pointed out that the goal is to manage beaches responsibly, and that in 2015 the County of Istria adopted a strategic document – Regional Program for Landscaping and Management of Sea Beaches in Istria, emphasizing that this document detects the current situation and defines future direction development. He especially pointed out that no beach in Istria is closed, so locals and tourists can come to each and use it freely.// Regional program of arrangement and management of sea beaches in the County of IstriaOn behalf of the director of the Office of the Tourist Board of the Istrian County, the lecture “Review of Istrian Tourism 2017” was held by Cristina Vojić Krajcar. Krajcar pointed out that in 2017, the County of Istria recorded a record number of arrivals and overnight stays, both in the season and in the pre- and post-season. Also, she pointed out that for the first time in history, Istria reached 300.000 guests in one day and pointed out new projects encouraged by the Istria County Tourist Board (ISTRIA ANTIOXY, Istria e-mobility, new boutique hotels in central Istria, etc.).Local coordinator of the MITOMED + project (Models of Integrated Tourism in the Mediterranean Plus) at the Institute dr. Sc. Kristina Brščić explained that the MITOMED + project is a continuation of the successfully realized MITOMED project. She stressed that the aim of the project is to establish a system of indicators to measure the effects of tourism in coastal and coastal areas and use the results to plan, monitor and create policies for sustainable tourism development.MITOMED + project manager Maria Luisa Mattivi, from the Tuscany region, emphasized that 9 partners from 6 countries are participating in the project and that the total project budget is 2,650,000.00 euros, of which 2,252,500.00 euros are co-financed by the ERDF. She briefly explained the status of Pilot Activity 1 in the project, within which an online platform was created on which it will be possible to monitor indicators classified into categories: social, economic, environmental and cultural indicators, and described how different destinations can be compared based on which will be able to create better policies related to the further sustainable development of tourism. She also paid special attention to Pilot Activity 2, the “Green Beach” model, since the topic of this conference was focused directly on this activity. She pointed out that the project plans to implement the “Green Beaches” model on three beaches in the regions: Istria, Tuscany, Cyprus and Catalonia, and a total of 12 beaches.Dr. sc. Eudokia Balamou, from the Development Agency ANETEL from Cyprus, Head of Pilot Activity 2 in the project explained that the model “Green Beach” includes the principles of sustainability and assumes a way of integrated management of all resources needed to meet economic, environmental and social needs while preserving cultural integrity, ecosystems , biodiversity and basic living conditions. She stressed that the implementation of the “Green Beach” model aims to promote and preserve the quality and cultural features of the area. She also pointed out that “Green Beach”: increases the satisfaction of beach users, affects better quality of service and control of the coastal area, increases safety, affects a better user experience, supports “greener” and sustainable holidays and aims to improve the quality of life of locals.After presenting 24 criteria, of different importance (binding and / or added value), which need to be met in order for a beach to become a “Green Beach”, three beaches from the Region of Tuscany were presented on which the “Green Beach” model will be implemented. Beaches from Tuscany were presented by Simina Chelaru from the municipality of San Vincenzo, Elena Nappi from the municipality of Castiglione della Pescaiai Rovena Xhaferi who presented the beach from the municipality of Montignoso.Local coordinator of the MITOMED + project, Ph.D. Kristina Brščić, presented the results of a survey conducted as part of the MITOMED + project during 2017, entitled “Attitudes and satisfaction of tourists and visitors with the destination according to the ETIS questionnaire (Poreč, Novigrad, Labin / Rabac)”. The results of processing 1621 questionnaires collected from beach users, which were offered to respondents in 6 languages, were presented. Tina Šugar from the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism presented the results of a survey related to the satisfaction of beach users and the perception of tourists about the idea of ​​”Green Beach”.After the presentation of the research, the representatives of the cities participating in the MITOMED + project presented the beaches and activities that will be undertaken in order to implement the “Green Beach” model. Representative of the City of Poreč, Ph.D. Damir Hrvatin presented the beach Gradsko kupalište, the representative of the city of Novigrad, Vanja Gorički, the beach Karpinjan, and the representative of the city of Labin, Robert Mohorović, the beach Girandella.The Head of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County, Nada Prodan Mraković, pointed out that the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County organized the first conference on “Beaches, a sustainable product of destination” in 2016. conservation of this important tourist resource. It was concluded that the conference met the goal and stressed the importance of integrated and sustainable beach management for tourists and especially for the local population.last_img read more

Google is becoming a stronger player in the online travel agency scene

first_imgWhy not use Google when planning a trip and searching for a hotel? There are many more reviews and photos taken by users in Google’s hotel search redesign. Also, they can access guest reviews from Booking, Expedition and TripAdvisor, and from now on they have the ability to view user photos of hotels and rooms, not just promotional ones. “Google balances the user experience with the content of accommodation providers much better, which is great news for us hoteliers. This could, along with platforms like Fliggy and Airbnb’s acquisition of HotelTonight, shake things up in the world of online travel planning“, Concluded Chetan Patel, Vice President of Strategic Marketing and E-Commerce for Onyx Hospitality Group. Example of searching through Google Hotel Search Alternative accommodation among the results Search filters With its booking service, Google is moving towards the idea of ​​becoming a quasi-online travel agency. However, Google does not offer, for example, cancellations, but only reservations and ways to pay for accommodation by credit card or Google Pay. So, with the strengthening of Google booking, many users will prefer to make all their travel-related purchases directly through Google. When you click on a photo of a hotel in Google search, it redirects you to a page at the top of which, just below the photos of the accommodation, are the hotel name, address, categorization, phone number and a link to the official page. But consider the links highlighted in blue (DEAL $ 88, 17% less than usual) on the example of Yotel New York in the image above. These links do not redirect to the hotel website, but to Google Hotel Search. Google’s “homage” to HotelTonight There are many new attractive settings in the redesign. For example, from now on you can search for hotels by user ratings, budget amount options, luxury and the like. User generated photos and reviews The first two sentences of user reviews appear on Google, and when users click on it, it redirects them to the web page where it is located. Example of hotel accommodation on Google Hotel Search / Skift Google Hotel Search is a “double-edged sword” for hoteliers Pretty nice and intuitive design Google still prefers its own hotel search and booking feature to the detriment of competitors ’businesses. That has not changed. Paid ads are at the top of the accommodation search, and organic links are at the bottom of the page. Search results are sorted by paid ads Over the past few years, Google has experimented with hotel reservations on behalf of online travel agencies and hotel partners, but would have to spend hours searching for accommodation. It is easier to visit the online accommodation reservation service directly. In the redesign of the entire hotel search and accommodation reservation, there are more views while browsing the hotel via Google booking, reports Shift. The redesign contains photos of hotels and destinations, but also Google Maps with hotel prices, visible in Google search results. The design is quite attractive. Here are seven features of Google Hotel Search. “We are developing the way our hotel search engine works on smartphones to help customers search for options and make decisions on mobile phones. The new hotel search experience includes better price filtering, easier information on offers, and the ability to book directly from Google”, Said Eric Zimmerman, director of product management for Google’s travel, in an earlier blog. Although quite complicated, Google’s booking competitors, such as Expedition, Booking, and TripAdvisor, don’t benefit from free links on Google to the extent they had in previous years, but they still make money as paid advertisers in the Google Hotel Search app. Google explains in its blog that it also offers a filter for private accommodation in the search engine. A message may pop up for users: “Private accommodation is also available for the period you have selected.” Google has thus become a full-fledged accommodation booking service and has potential implications for booking sites like Airbnb. On the other hand, Google claims that they are only trying to improve the user experience of the search, and that hotels, which appear at the top of search results, appear there organically. Richard Holden, vice president of travel product management for Google, wrote about the new features of Google Hotels Search in a blog post last week and subtly mentioned the development of a complete hotel meta-search page and accommodation booking engine. There is even a new hotel search filter “for tonight” in Google’s redesign. When a user selects that filter and selects a hotel, Google automatically selects today’s arrival date and tomorrow’s departure date, making it easier for the user to search for overnight accommodation. Users can then book a hotel in two ways: by going to that hotel’s website, or by booking directly from Google through companies that partner with Google, such as Orbitz or Travelocity.last_img read more