Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Offering to Get Backing From Booking Holdings

Booking Holdings and Uber are among travel and transportation companies backing a new cryptocurrency from Facebook. Bloomberg Skift Take: Booking Holdings wants to be an innovator and supporter of alternative payments systems given its presence in emerging markets, especially in Asia. So it is understandable that Booking would want to be a first mover in … [Read more…]

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

A building housing Expedia in Bellevue, Wash. Expedia has agreed to pay more than $325,000 to settle U.S. government allegations that it improperly helped people travel inside Cuba or between the island and places other than the United States. The Treasury Department announced the agreement and settlements with several other companies on Thursday, June 13, … [Read more…]

What to do in Kigali, Rwanda

Mountain gorillas are Rwanda’s wealth. But if you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spare — yes, that’s how expensive it is to see gorillas — or don’t have the time to hit the verdant volcanic mountains, Rwanda’s capital city is a destination in itself. Since the end of the genocide against the Tutsi … [Read more…]

The best way to explore Cinque Terre

The name Cinque Terre simply means “five lands.” This Italian pentad, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating to the 11th century, beguiles travelers with its brightly painted fishing cottages, tucked-in harbors, and high cliffs plunging into the Ligurian Sea. But the question remains how best to take it all in. Rather than hiking from one … [Read more…]