MakeMyTrip Grows Despite Turbulence in India’s Airline Sector

A view inside the main MakeMyTrip offices in Gurgaon, India. On Tuesday the online travel agency group reported its latest earnings. MakeMyTrip Skift Take: The past year has been a horror show for India’s aviation sector. So MakeMyTrip deserves kudos for continuing to grow its air ticketing and overall sales despite the upheaval. But executives … [Read more…]

US-Mexico border wall seesaw

With all the political discourse surrounding the US-Mexico border, a whimsical giant seesaw might be the last thing you’d expect to find there. A new interactive art installation, however, has indeed been built at the border fence that separates Sunland Park, New Mexico, and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. The project was designed by Ronald Rael, … [Read more…]

Chili to be grown in outer space

Outer space isn’t exactly the most hospitable environment for botany, despite what the movie The Martian would have us believe, but this lucky New Mexico chili plant, selected by NASA, gets to be launched to the International Space Station in March 2020. The chili, from Española, New Mexico, will be part of NASA’s research on … [Read more…]

Luxury hotels with in-room gyms

The gym was sucking me in, like a siren of spinning luring me from my hungover appointment with a Mimosa. Waking up earlier than I’d wanted after a long night out in Chicago, my plan had been to continue the party with some Champagne leftover from the night before. But the in-room gym at the … [Read more…]

Cheap things to do in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is certainly not a place that comes to mind when you’re looking for an affordable vacation. Residents and travelers alike know the capital of Denmark is one of the world’s most expensive cities. I’ve even met San Francisco residents here complaining about the prices. So when I found out I’d be spending the summer … [Read more…]

Online Bookings Surge in Middle East and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. A spike in mobile use in the Middle East has spurred new online travel competition. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital news, a spike in mobile use in the Middle East has spurred new online travel competition, and Medallia, a customer feedback firm fresh from its IPO, must … [Read more…]

Tips For Renting A Gondola In Venice (Plus Some History)

How to Rent a Gondola in Venice Venice, Italy Evocative of the beauty and romance of Venice’s waterways, riding a traditional Venice gondola is sure to be on most people’s bucket list. Here are tips to have a great time! With a rich history spanning as far back as the 11th century, the gondolas of … [Read more…]

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Expedia President Aman Bhutani Is Leaving Amid Exec Reshuffle

Aman Bhutani, who led Brand Expedia Group for many years, has left the position. Expedia Skift Take: Expedia is moving toward simplifying the various brands and organizational units it has acquired over the years, and changes such as these are to be expected. — Rafat Ali High Sierra Sumner Backpack $13.99End Date: Thursday Sep-12-2019 8:19:17 … [Read more…]

Why SoftBank’s Second $108 Billion Vision Fund Matters to Travel

The Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group aims to raise a total of $108 billion for the second Vision Fund, founder Masayoshi Son announced on Friday. Bloomberg Skift Take: With a second Vision Fund, Japan has emerged as the dominant driver of key technologies, many of which apply to travel and tourism. While the first staked ridehailing … [Read more…]