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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Derision Greets Tourism Australia’s New ‘Philausophy’ Campaign

Tourism Australia

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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Resort Fees Come Under Fire in DC and 6 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Westin Hotels & Resorts

Lawmakers proposed legislation that would ensure hotels and online travel agencies, like Westin Times Square shown here, are advertising room rates that include all fees. Westin Hotels & Resorts

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, new proposed legislation could change the way resort fees are displayed. Then we take a look at Six Senses’ green plan to become plastic-free in the next three years.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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The Trump Hotel in DC Earns Its First Michelin Star

Sushi Nakazawa

Shown here is omakase offering from Sushi Nakazawa, located in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which now has a Michelin star. Sushi Nakazawa

Skift Take: The Michelin Guide might award stars in a system that doesn’t factor in government politics, but we’d wager there will be more than a few eyebrows raised inside the Beltway — and out.

— Faye Chiu

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