7 mindblowing views in Mammoth Lakes

Imagine a landscape that combines Yellowstone and Yosemite, but without the eight million visitors per year — that’s Mammoth Lakes, CA. A town built for the great outdoors, it sits at a towering 7,880 feet above sea level, hugged on all sides by the stunning peaks of California’s Eastern Sierra. A skier’s paradise in winter, … [Read more…]

6 Big Travel Takeaways From Skift Tech Forum

Roger McNamee (left) of Elevation Partners spoke at Skift Tech Forum June 27, 2019 about the authoritarian nature of how Facebook and Google are using Big Data. At right is Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali. Skift Skift Take: The travel industry is obsessed with Big Data and artificial intelligence. The genie is out of … [Read more…]

Influencers are ruining landmarks

The old people under the sun shelter were not feeling @bodybyjulezzz*. “The hell she doin’ over there?” a clearly overheated older man in a purple hat asked his wife. “Filming a commercial?” “She’s an influencer,” I told him, unrequested, while I stood behind him and watched. “A what?” he said turning around. “An influencer. She’s … [Read more…]

Travel Needs to Consider Life Without Facebook and Google, Says Former Facebook Investor

Roger McNamee, early investor in Facebook, speaking on May 27, 2019, at Skift Tech Forum 2019 in San Francisco with Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali. Skift Skift Take: Surveillance capitalism is due for a regulatory comeuppance in the next few years. Travel companies that make the decision to build brands around user privacy now … [Read more…]

Expedia to Connect Travelers With Hotels When Their Flights Are Delayed

Expedia Group senior vice president, product and technology Arthur Chapin (left) was interviewed by Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at Skift Tech Forum June 27, 2019 in San Francisco. Skift Skift Take: Expedia wants help put customers in touch with hotels to sort out travel complications. That seems like it would be a complicated … [Read more…]

Singapore’s Gardens by Bay guide

In 2012, the government of Singapore set out to create a “City in a Garden,” a futuristic botanical garden that would showcase the city-state’s embrace of the future and add to its already distinct skyline. The Gardens by the Bay span well over 600 acres, filled with lush greenery, exotic plants, and a famous waterfall … [Read more…]

Booking Management Shakeup Leaves Gillian Tans Out as CEO of Flagship Unit

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans spoke at the Skift Global Forum in New York City in 2016. Tans was replaced as Booking Holdings CEO on June 26, 2019. Skift Skift Take: There’s little doubt that Tans’ abrupt departure, without any transition time, points to conflicts within Booking Holdings over the company’s strategic direction. — Dennis Schaal … [Read more…]