Expedia’s New Resort Fees Policy and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Group will start lowering the ranking of a hotel’s listing if it adds resort fees. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at Expedia’s decision to lower the rankings of a hotel’s listing on its site due to the addition of resort fees. Meanwhile, Vrbo is under new leadership as … [Read more…]

Airbnb Vs. Local Regulators Is a Lopsided Battle

An Airbnb guide to San Francisco. Effie Yang / Flickr Skift Take: The cities and municipalities that are trying to contain the likes of growth-hungry startups like Airbnb have a major disadvantage: Their adversaries have fought this fight multiple times before. — Rosie Spinks Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case … [Read more…]

AirAsia.com Starts Selling Competitors’ Flights via Kiwi.com Partnership

To mark the partnership with Kiwi.com, an ​all-in return fare to Madrid from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Sydney from just $25 (RM99) is offered. AirAsia Group Skift Take: It’s finally happened. AirAsia.com is selling other airlines on its website and app. Powered by Kiwi.com, it’s a start. Getting direct contracts with airlines is next. … [Read more…]

Travelio Raises $18 Million for Extended Stay Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Co-founders of Travelio, the alternative accommodations booking site based in Asia, as shown from left, chief operating officer Christie Tjong, chief executive officer Hendry Rusli, and chief strategy officer Christina Suriadjaja. Travelio Skift Take: This week, travel startups Travelio, Refundit, and Nowaday together announced more than $33 million in funding. Of particular note is Amadeus’ … [Read more…]

Los Angeles LGBTQ guide

With pretty boys, palm trees, and perennially sunny days, it’s no wonder traffic is packed bumper to bumper in Los Angeles. From the tops of her canyons to the sandy bottoms of her coastal shores, La La Land has always been the most camera-ready, picture-perfect LGBTQ destination in the US. From epic nightlife to gay-friendly … [Read more…]

North American sports halls of fame

Halls of fame weren’t originally meant for sports. The country’s first hall of fame was a sculpture garden dedicated to great Americans on the University Heights campus at NYU. That was back in 1900, and it was 39 years before baseball’s hall of fame opened its doors. Since then high schools, colleges, and pro teams … [Read more…]

Trivago’s Incoming CEO Gets Busy Tweaking Its Advertising Strategy

In July 2019, Trivago moved into a new headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, whose main entrance hall is shown here. Trivago Skift Take: Trivago’s incoming CEO Axel Hefer signaled Thursday that the company would change its auctions to appeal more to advertisers. Most promising is how it will now let Booking.com and other advertisers bid for … [Read more…]

New Whitepaper Reviews the Travel Industry’s Progress on Data-Driven Personalization

Skift Take: This new whitepaper from Adara, based on the results of a survey of close to 500 travel marketing executives, offers a snapshot of the industry’s progress deploying advanced data-driven personalization strategies. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

BBC shows filming locations

Nobody does TV like the Brits. From Doctor Who to The Office, The Fall, and Sherlock, British shows have been hitting the mark for decades, acquiring hordes of series-hungry fans from all over the world. The most famous purveyor of good British television is, obviously, the BBC, and if you’ve been following the British Broadcasting … [Read more…]

City Palace of Jaipur on Airbnb

If living at the Taj Mahal has always been your dream, this might be the closest you’ll ever get. The City Palace of Jaipur, home of Jaipur’s royal family, will soon be available to book on Airbnb. Starting on November 23, the palace’s Gudliya Suite will be available for guests to rent, making Sawai Padmanabh … [Read more…]