An In-Depth Look at Hotel Chain Oyo’s Financials and Strategy: New Skift Research

Skift Take: Oyo promises a new type of hotel company. It’s an asset-light brand that seeks to connect the global long tail of mom-and-pop hotels through its tech and distribution platform. But can it live up to the hype? Skift Research dives deep into Oyo’s business strategy and financial performance. — Seth Borko Read the … [Read more…]

Google Is Phasing Out Its Buzzy Touring Bird Tours and Activities Search Feature

The USS Constitution is shown in Boston Harbor. Google is phasing out Touring Bird, which enabled users to compare tour options. Associated Press Skift Take: Touring Bird gained no traction in the real world outside Area 120, and for all the inroads metasearch has made in hotels, flights, and cars, it has really struggled in … [Read more…]

What is apple orchard wassailing

If you were alive in eighth-century England, you might have heard the local nobleman proclaim “waes hael” — be in good health — at the banquet celebrating the new year. Then you, along with the assembled crowd, would shout “drink hael” in reply, taking a sip of cider from a communal bowl. This tradition, which … [Read more…]

Staircase from ‘Joker’ movie overrun

Everyone loves to visit the sets of their favorite movies, but some people take it one step too far. Popularized by the dancing scene in the movie Joker, the stairs connecting Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues in the Bronx’s Highridge neighborhood are now overrun with tourists. The stairs have their own Instagram hashtag with over 700 … [Read more…]