2C2P Raises $52 Million for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Aung Kyaw Moe, founder and CEO of 2C2P, poses for a photograph in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, January 2018. 2C2P is a digital payments platform that has just raised a fresh round of funding. Taylor Weidman / Bloomberg Skift Take: This week, travel startups announced more than $101 million in funding for a range of … [Read more…]

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

An aerial photograph of Nissi beach Agia Napa, Cyprus. On the Beach has taken a financial hit from the Collapse of Thomas Cook. dronepicr / Flickr Skift Take: On the Beach’s purchase of Classic Collection Holidays now looks like a strategic masterstroke in light of the collapse of Thomas Cook. Brick-and-mortar travel agents in the … [Read more…]

Airbnb sending home cooks to Italy

Airbnb is launching new Airbnb Cooking Experiences — bookable experiences designed to help travelers understand culinary traditions around the world. If you fancy yourself a master chef in your own kitchen, now’s your time to take your talents abroad. As part of the new launch, Airbnb will send 100 home chefs on a trip to … [Read more…]

Coolest US towns in 2019

The 25 coolest towns in America: 2019 Photo: Kenneth Sponsler/Shutterstock TThe more you travel to big destinations and famous cities, the harder it gets to appreciate them. You can’t really hate on world-class chefs and major league sports, but after you’ve lugged your suitcase up enough subway stairs and drained your bank account on $18 … [Read more…]

Thoughtful walking tour of Athens

Athens is among the world’s most historic major cities, a destination for lovers of history, architecture, and Greek mythology. More than five million tourists visited the capital of Greece in 2018. But there’s more to Athens than meets the eye — many Athenians have never fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis and austerity measures. … [Read more…]

Spas at North American ski resorts

The time has come to get stoked on winter! Ski season is just around the corner, meaning that all over North America, powder hounds are dusting off their skis and snowboards in anticipation of blankets of snow coating their favorite mountain slopes, wintry getaways at lavish resorts, and the requisite après scene. But while shredding … [Read more…]

Oyo’s Widening Losses and Other Financial Takeaways From Its Latest Filing

An example of an Oyo property. Oyo Rooms disclosed details about its financial performance as the hospitality company continues its breakneck expansion while piling up losses. Oyo Skift Take: Oyo has disclosed a surge in losses in documents related to its $1.5 billion in new funding. The hospitality company claims it will turn profitable three … [Read more…]

Denver Airport Beer Passport

Airport drinking isn’t usually an activity to plan around. You do it to pass the hours while waiting for your flight, to give yourself a better chance of dozing off in the air, or to keep yourself from getting bored while on the plane itself. In Denver, however, drinking in the airport is about to … [Read more…]

Best things about Biarritz, France

France usually conjures up images of fashion, iconic architecture, and cuisine. But in the southwest corner of the country, near the border with Spain, the coastal town of Biarritz is home to something else: a thriving surf scene. Just like the French Riviera, Biarritz offers glitz and glam — but its vibe is a unique … [Read more…]

Booking and Expedia Battle to Offer Connected Trips and 18 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Travelers are waiting on a long line in a crowded Budget car rentals site. Booking sites have hopes to make this process quicker with connected trips. Jim Jegans Jr / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital, the online booking giants strive and compete to give travelers a more seamless experience. Meanwhile, travel management company … [Read more…]