Virgin Atlantic to trial iBeacon, Las Vegas welcomes Edelweiss Air, travelers’ choice favorites


Virgin Atlantic to trial Apple iBeacon technology at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic announced that it will test Apple’s iBeacon technology at London Heathrow terminal 3.

The technology uses a beacon, developed by start-up Estimote, to send messages to users of iOS devices via Bluetooth when they are within range. One example cited by the airline is a passenger who would receive an offer for a 0 percentage conversion fee as he passes by a currency exchange booth. Another could be a discounted offer on a product as the passenger passes by one of the terminal’s many shops.

Las Vegas welcomes inaugural Edelweiss Air flight

McCarran Airport welcomed Edelweiss Air’s inaugural flight from Zurich to Las Vegas.

An Edelweiss Air flight from Kloten Airport arrived just before 1 p.m. Monday. Airport officials gave the plane a ceremonial water cannon salute as it arrived.

TripAdvisor names travelers’ choice favorites – the brands travelers say they must have when traveling

On Tuesday, TripAdvisor announced the winners of the Travelers’ Choice awards for Travel Favorites.

In the U.S., winners from car rentals and coffee to travel magazines and tablet computers were named in 46 categories. Travelers’ Choice Favorites are also being announced in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the U.K.

For a complete list of winners in the US, click here.

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