Wholesaler Hotelbeds Cuts Ties to Booking Sites That Break Hotel Distribution Rules

Shown here is the Hotelbeds stand at the ITB trade fair in Berlin in March 2019. Hotelbeds Group Skift Take: The collapse last week of Amoma suggests that an industrywide crackdown on online travel agencies that violate hotel contracts is getting serious. For example, many hoteliers have wanted Hotelbeds to crack down on bad behavior … [Read more…]

Executive Q&A: Connecting the Dots Between Loyalty and Design

Skift Take: Travel brands are beginning to embrace the principles of human-centered design to rethink the way they develop products and experiences. But where does loyalty fit into the equation? Empathy and giving the customer a seat at the table is a great place to start. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Best cideries near Ithaca, New York

I’m busy making friends with the calico cat sunbathing in a window at Blackduck Cider‘s Ovid, New York, tasting room, when I hear, “That cat isn’t fat enough to eat yet. We’ll wait until fall, then we’ll roast her.” I turn around to find John Reynolds, founder and head cider maker, emerging from the cluttered … [Read more…]

Best things to do in Lund, Sweden

Lund, Sweden, is home to the largest university in Scandinavia, drawing not just Nordic students but also exchange and degree students from around the world. Lund’s students give the ancient city of 90,000 a youthful energy. You don’t need to be an undergrad, though, to enjoy this dynamic town. With its regal architecture and cobblestone … [Read more…]