June 25 is official ‘Bourdain Day’

Two longtime friends and colleagues of Anthony Bourdain have started a campaign to declare June 25 — Bourdain’s birthday — “Bourdain Day.” To honor and memorialize their late friend, who died last year on June 8, chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres are encouraging Bourdain’s fans and friends to post their favorite memories using the … [Read more…]

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

An airline passenger uses Iberia’s customer service chatbot, Ibot, which is powered by Mindsay, a technology vendor that has raised a Series A round of funding. Iberia Skift Take: The funding of French startup Mindsay may be small news. But interviews with its customers Iberia and CWT suggest that a second wave of chatbot technology … [Read more…]

Reasons to see Montevideo’s Rambla

Uruguay is an alluring land, tucked between Brazil’s southern wing and the northern hat of Buenos Aires, Argentina. An itty bitty South American country with an eclectic system of values and landscapes, Uruguay has a flirtatious affair with headlines, popping up in the news with celebrity sightings, LGBTQ support, and the recent legalization of marijuana. … [Read more…]

Overnight at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Sleeping over in an Australian zoo might sound like the beginning of a horror movie, ending with the innocent visitor being chased around by rogue snakes, but don’t let your imagination run wild. Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is offering a Wildlife Retreat, and in all likelihood, you’ll make it out in one piece. Starting in November, … [Read more…]

Booking Site Ixigo’s Rail-First Strategy Propels Growth in India

An illustration of how consumers can use the Ixigo trains app to overlay a digital image and discover which train car their ticketed seat is in. Ixigo CEO Aloke Bajpai said the startup he co-founded is now achieving rapid growth. Ixigo Skift Take: An exclusive first look at Ixigo’s fiscal year financials reveals that the … [Read more…]