Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

https://medium.com/sidewalk-toronto/aging-and-thriving-in-place-2d7679066c80  / Sidewalk Labs

A render depicting Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside plan. https://medium.com/sidewalk-toronto/aging-and-thriving-in-place-2d7679066c80 / Sidewalk Labs

Skift Take: By pushing back against Sidewalk Labs, the city of Toronto has shown that the future of the smart city will be forged by compromise and collaboration with local authorities.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Cruising Pollution Regulation Concerns and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Protesters in Miami in opposition to Carnival Corp. New rules to reduce the amount of pollution in the ocean are set to be put into effect on Jan. 1. Lynn Sladky / The Associated Press

Skift Take: This week in tourism, the cruise industry faces a new rule to cut sulfur emissions by 85 percent that is set to launch in January. But will it be enforceable? Meanwhile, Airbnb’s latest investment suggests the company will become more mainstream over time.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Can a Fast-Growing Oyo Patch Up the Early Cracks?

Oyo Hotels & Homes

Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal. Cracks are starting to appear in the business model of the low-cost hotel giant as it ambitiously scales worldwide. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: It’s raining doubts on Oyo Hotels & Homes, a far cry from the awe that was poured on its founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal when he came in six years ago brandishing the simple belief that “everyone deserves a beautiful living space.” Can Oyo fix its apparent shortfalls?

— Raini Hamdi

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Derision Greets Tourism Australia’s New ‘Philausophy’ Campaign

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Brenda Miley, founder and director, Let’s Go Surfing, is one of several industry people who will be featured in the campaign. Tourism Australia

Skift Take: After a sad South Australia tourism campaign last month, Tourism Australia’s new “philausophy” campaign is just too much to handle for the local media Down Under.

— Raini Hamdi

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