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‘Teleporting’ to Hawaii: How virtual reality is changing travel

CNN) -- Glynis Freeman stands on a tower balcony in nighttime London, peering down at the dizzying lights hundreds of feet below.

 

The distant rumble of city traffic rises up from the streets. A gust of wind brushes her hair. Freeman smiles while swiveling her head in all directions to take in the view.

 

"That was cool," she said a few minutes later. "I want to go back to London."

 

That's because Freeman was never physically in London. The Marietta, Georgia, woman was 4,000 miles away in an Atlanta hotel lobby, wearing a headset and trying out a demonstration of new technology that can place people in exotic virtual settings almost anywhere on the planet.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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Checking in to your hotel? An app may be all you need

Hotels don’t want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all.

 

New programs are helping to speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, and in at least one case, let them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphones to unlock doors.

 

The innovations are still being tweaked as hotels scramble to catch up with the airlines. Today, fliers use their phones to check in, select seats, and carry aboarding pass. Hotels envision a similar relationship, with guests ultimately ordering poolside drinks via an app.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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Boston’s Rockefeller Center? Ice rink may come to City Hall Plaza

Winter often transforms Boston City Hall Plaza into a deserted wasteland, forcing pedestrians to slip-slide cautiously over the ice-encrusted expanse of red brick. This year, however, the city may play to the plaza’s strength.

 

Officials are contemplating a large ice skating rink to invigorate the seven-acre plaza, which has long been this city’s most maligned public space. It could become Boston’s own Rockefeller Center, with couples skating arm-in-arm in the glow of lights from City Hall.

 

Think about hockey games, and hot cocoa vendors, and a Government Center Zamboni to keep the ice smooth.

 

“The vision is to bring City Hall Plaza something that people can use during the wintertime when it’s desolate,” said Ken Brissette, Boston’s director of tourism, sports, and entertainment. “We like the idea.”

 

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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The Design Competition to Keep Boston above Water Launches Next Week

How fitting a week before the the launch of Boston's Designing with Water design competition, the sky opened up over Boston and dumped flood-level rains all over the region. In fact, areas from Massachusetts' North Shore as far south as the Jersey Shore experienced flooding, but that's a mere taste of what's to come over the next several decades.

 

A significant portion of Boston stands to one day sit underwater due to perpetually rising sea levels. Rather than try to combat this fact, a surefire losing effort, Boston-based design firm Sasaki Associates is advising the intrepid team of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, The Boston Harbor Association and Boston Society of Architects to launch a design competition to gather ideas on how Boston can not only survive the consequences climate change, but adapt to them.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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The Design Competition to Keep Boston above Water Launches Next Week

How fitting a week before the the launch of Boston's Designing with Water design competition, the sky opened up over Boston and dumped flood-level rains all over the region. In fact, areas from Massachusetts' North Shore as far south as the Jersey Shore experienced flooding, but that's a mere taste of what's to come over the next several decades.

 

A significant portion of Boston stands to one day sit underwater due to perpetually rising sea levels. Rather than try to combat this fact, a surefire losing effort, Boston-based design firm Sasaki Associates is advising the intrepid team of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, The Boston Harbor Association and Boston Society of Architects to launch a design competition to gather ideas on how Boston can not only survive the consequences climate change, but adapt to them.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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