Attention Travel Companies: Brexit Contingency Reveals Potential for Data Disruption

Protestors outside the Palace of Westminster. The UK is set to leave the EU on October 31 – for the moment, at least. Roman Boed / Flickr Skift Take: We know how hot the European Union is on data protection — just look at GDPR — so it’s no surprise that it hasn’t hurried through … [Read more…]

What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

Mobile-first Klook. Klook Skift Take: Since Klook’s launch five years ago, big changes have occurred in the sector. TripAdvisor bought Viator, TUI-Musement, and Booking-FareHarbor, and most recently, Airbnb invested in Atlas Obscura. All this, plus competition from online travel agencies, will test Klook’s playbook, even though its strategies seem sound for now. — Raini Hamdi … [Read more…]

Seattle Welcomes New Leaders at Seattle Opera & Seattle Symphony

Seattle is very fortunate to be among a relatively small group of U.S. cities that have the “Big Three”: a top tier symphony orchestra, opera, and ballet company. Our residents and visitors enjoy hundreds of performances every year ranging from world premieres to beloved classics. As the 2019-2020 season begins, two of these venerable Seattle … [Read more…]

Most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh

In the far northern reaches of India is a high-altitude desertic region known as Ladakh. The area was part of the former Tibetan Kingdom until the 13th century, but even after Tibet ceased direct influence, it remained largely under the control of Buddhist kings until the 19th century. During that time, many fortified palaces and … [Read more…]

Name origins of big US states

However familiar a name might be, if you repeat it enough times it will start to sound a little ridiculous. That’s usually because we don’t know where names come from, and that’s especially true when it comes to the names of cities. We use them so frequently that city names become part of our everyday … [Read more…]