Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

It’s clear skies ahead as Ryanair settled its two-year lawsuit against Expedia. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital news, Ryanair and Expedia have finally reached a settlement — two years after the Irish airline initially filed. Meanwhile, Marriott has no plans to make any changes to its Bonvoy program despite its ups and downs. … [Read more…]

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

The historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, known for its nightlife, is shown here. Brand USA is helping San Diego connect with Chinese tourists through a partnership with Chinese digital payment giant Alipay and Fliggy, an online travel agent platform owned by Alibaba. Bob Pinto / Flickr Skift Take: China is California’s top long-haul … [Read more…]

Unbabel Raises $60 Million for Translation Services: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Some workers at the Lisbon office of Unbabel, a translation service provider that has received more venture funding. Unbabel Skift Take: In the past week, travel startups raised more than $100 million in funding. The companies Unbabel, Beyond Pricing, Travel Easy, Air Doctor, Seatfrog, Cruisewatch, HappyOrNot, Landline, Planet O, and Go Zayaan look to go … [Read more…]

The best glamping and camping spots

Florida has, not completely unfairly, become the butt of a lot of jokes. Botch multiple elections and give the world headlines like “Florida Man Arrested for Operating Retirement Home Chop Shop” and you’re not escaping the late-night comedy circuit. That said, Florida is still full of natural beauty, much of it beyond its world-renowned beaches. … [Read more…]

Best things to do in LA’s Koreatown

Don’t get us wrong: We’re all about Seoul and its gangnam style. But, and this is a big but, you don’t need to go all the way to South Korea to get a taste of Korea. Koreatown in Los Angeles — or K-Town for those in the know — more than lives up to its … [Read more…]

Traveloka to Launch Credit Card to Complement Its Travel App

Traveloka headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. Traveloka Skift Take: After changing the way many across Southeast Asia book travel, it’s logical that the expansion-hungry Traveloka would make a play into financial services next. — Rosie Spinks U-Shaped Memory Foam Rebound Travel Pillow Neck Support Head Rest Airplane Sleep $12.00End Date: Wednesday Nov-6-2019 1:59:59 PSTBuy It Now … [Read more…]

Best places for Oasis fans

Manchester is a city that celebrates with sound; from the rainbow-colored street parades of Pride’s discos to the open-air choirs at the Christmas markets. Even when adversity struck the city in the form of a terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in 2017, its people didn’t hide away but responded with mass singalongs in … [Read more…]

Royals attend boat ceremony

Everyone remembers the 2016 contest to choose a name for the UK’s new polar vessel, mainly because the name with the most votes was “Boaty McBoatface.” The government opted to go against the public’s wishes, naming the boat after the famous broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough instead. Today was the boat’s official naming ceremony, … [Read more…]

Best US hotels for LGBTQ travelers

Though it still has a long way to go, the US is one of the best countries to visit for an LGBTQ traveler. Annual events such as the NYC Pride parade draw in huge crowds of both LGBTQ visitors and allies alike. Small towns such as Providence, Massachusetts, are filled with queer-friendly venues, as well … [Read more…]

How to get married at Niagara Falls

Fans of the popular sitcom The Office waited years for Pam and Jim to get together. And when they finally secretly married, away from Michael and the rest of the team’s wackiness, they did it in the most romantic way possible: on a boat touring Niagara Falls. This October marks Jim and Pam’s 10th anniversary … [Read more…]