Skift Global Forum 2019: How Mastercard Is Rethinking Loyalty and Innovating with Big Data

Skift Take: Travel brands are using sophisticated data tools and novel customer acquisition strategies to boost revenues and foster deeper engagement with their consumers, according to the latest findings from Mastercard’s data services team. — SkiftX Read the Complete Story On Skift

American cheese wins world’s best

The US isn’t traditionally considered a powerhouse when it comes to international cheeses, but maybe that’s about to change. At the 32nd annual World Cheese Awards, which took place last Friday in Bergamo, Italy, a cheese native to the US was officially declared the world’s best cheese. The Rogue River Blue Cheese, a product of … [Read more…]

Best outdoors in North West Tasmania

Tasmania is an island that sits below the continent of Australia — at the bottom of the world. Despite its far-south location, its reputation as one of the few clean, green populated places left on Earth has attracted an increasing number of travelers. Yet while much of the attention centers around the capital city of … [Read more…]

Do you tip in Japan?

Different countries have different rules when it comes to tipping. Tipping can be customary, appreciated but not necessary, or lightly suggested. When it comes to tipping in Japan, however, there’s really just major one rule to remember: don’t. “Tipping is generally not necessary in Japan,” says Hiroshi Kawaguchi, general manager at the travel company Oku … [Read more…]

Nonstop US flights to New Zealand

Beautiful as New Zealand is, with all its fjords, wineries, and Middle Earth-y mountain scapes, is also, to put it bluntly, a pain to get to. At best you’d have to fly 11-14 hours across the Pacific Ocean to get to Auckland, and that’s after somehow finding your way to LA, Houston, or San Francisco. … [Read more…]

Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Passengers at a boarding gate at Frankfurt airport in a photo take in 2017. Lufthansa is one of the airlines distributing airfares via Duffel, a new travel technology distribution service. Duffel, a company that helps airlines sell their tickets, has quietly amassed more venture capital funding than all other next-generation airline distribution startups. Gregor Schlaeger … [Read more…]

The best winter train trips

Winter is one of those things best viewed from afar. Like, as long as you can just sit back with a hot cocoa and enjoy soft falling snow, it’s pretty darned charming. But once you have to go outside and shovel your car out from under a few feet of snow in a driving ice … [Read more…]

How to prepare for a trip to Everest

Everest Base Camp is a place nearly everyone in the outdoors community knows but most will never see. A rudimentary base on Mount Everest used by mountain climbers aspiring to scale the summit of Mount Everest, the base is also popular amongst hikers who want to catch a glimpse of the Himalayan wonder but aren’t … [Read more…]

Flying Taxi Tests in Singapore Reveal Rival Visions of the Future

A Volocopter flies in October 2019 with Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. Volocopter is one of a few flying taxi projects underway worldwide. Nikolay Kazakov / Bloomberg Skift Take: We’ll believe it when we see actual passengers in real flying taxis that authorities have approved as safe. — Sean O’Neill Slim Leather … [Read more…]

Uber’s Under-the-Radar Event Services and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

An Uber driver picking up passenger. The company has a service for event planners. Who knew? Uber Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at the little-known Uber Events service. Meanwhile, Ctrip shareholders have officially changed the company’s name. — Jasmine Ganaishlal Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card … [Read more…]