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Where now for travel? Lonely Planet closures point to an uncertain future

As the travel publisher closes its Melbourne and London offices, a guidebook writer asks whats next for an industry in crisis Covid-19 has changed everything. In particular, it has changed everything about travel. As a Lonely Planet writer you learn fast that change is the only constant on the road. Still, no one was expecting the changes announced last week: that Lonely Planet is to close its Melbourne production facility and London offices almost entirely, as well as its magazine and Trade and Reference division. The famous guidebooks will continue…

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Seattle is the testing ground as Amazon eyes its next big idea

The retail monstrou is expanding into the physical world with a series of trials in Seattle. First developed a journal store, but the real pillage is in grocery The buzz of a text content presages the latest offer on Amazons Treasure Truck a funky lorry bedecked with funfair lightings and retro clues that appears at random in the streets of Seattle with a one-off discounted make for sale. Alaskan cod, four fillets for $17, was the most recent item; a few dates earlier it was two 16 oz prime steaks…

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