Note From the Editor
Give travelers what they want, right? For years, companies such as Kayak fine-tuned ways to enable bargain-hunting consumers to price-shop hotels and flights. But consumers increasingly want to use their vocal cords to search. So, as travel tech editor Sean O'Neill writes, Kayak now enables you to book a hotel through Amazon Echo devices using only the spoken word. The problem is there is no ability to ensure you're getting the best deal.
It isn't exactly the New Deal, but word is from our meetings guru Greg Oates that city leaders around the world are launching innovation districts to blend startups, universities, and other thought leaders into a concoction that might turn rust-belt cities into brain-belt enclaves, as he puts it. Cities want to give their citizenry what they want, and this is one strategy for doing it.