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Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Pictured is a screengrab from a Kayak video about trip-planning. Kayak and OpenTable are highlighting their ties to Booking.com to heighten Booking.com’s appear in the United States. Kayak Skift Take: Booking.com may be a household name in Europe, but Kayak and OpenTable are far better known in the United States. Parent company Booking Holdings is […]

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LGBTQ travel in Brighton, England

The seaside city of Brighton, located between the rolling hills of Sussex, is one of the UK’s premier LGBTQ destinations. Brighton’s queer history dates all the way back to the early 19th century when soldiers were garrisoned in the city during the Napoleonic wars. By the end of the second World War, several gay pubs […]

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Baku, Azerbaijan’s best architecture

Bordered by Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Iran, and the Caspian Sea is Azerbaijan, a country most people can’t find on a map, nevermind know anything about its architectural styles. And because it is located in South Caucasus, a region of the world that incorrectly conjures little more than drab Soviet cities, nobody expects Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital […]

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Airbnb Signs 9-Year Sponsorship Deal With Olympics Ahead of Tokyo Games

Joe Gebbia, Airbnb Co-Founder gives a speech after signing​ a nine-year, five-Games partnership with the IOC, at Japan House, London. Matt Alexander / PA Wire Skift Take: That Airbnb chose the Olympic Games for its first-ever global sponsorship deal makes sense — the event both aligns with the brand’s ethos and will be a boon […]

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The most bitter spirits in the world

Humans have five fundamental taste receptors: sweet, salty, sour, umami, and bitter. A perfectly balanced meal includes all of them, which is easy enough for the first four of those tastes. Understanding and appreciating bitter, however, is something we have to force ourselves to do. “The minute that bitterness touches your tongue, there’s a nanosecond […]

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Calm, romantic European destinations

Everyone has their own ideas about what’s romantic and what’s not. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that hordes of selfie-stick-holding tourists does not spell l’amour. When you head off on vacation together, choosing somewhere quiet means you can focus on each other instead of getting distracted (and exhausted) by […]

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Expedia’s New Resort Fees Policy and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Group will start lowering the ranking of a hotel’s listing if it adds resort fees. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at Expedia’s decision to lower the rankings of a hotel’s listing on its site due to the addition of resort fees. Meanwhile, Vrbo is under new leadership as […]

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Airbnb Vs. Local Regulators Is a Lopsided Battle

An Airbnb guide to San Francisco. Effie Yang / Flickr Skift Take: The cities and municipalities that are trying to contain the likes of growth-hungry startups like Airbnb have a major disadvantage: Their adversaries have fought this fight multiple times before. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

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AirAsia.com Starts Selling Competitors’ Flights via Kiwi.com Partnership

To mark the partnership with Kiwi.com, an ​all-in return fare to Madrid from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Sydney from just $25 (RM99) is offered. AirAsia Group Skift Take: It’s finally happened. AirAsia.com is selling other airlines on its website and app. Powered by Kiwi.com, it’s a start. Getting direct contracts with airlines is next. […]

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Travelio Raises $18 Million for Extended Stay Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Co-founders of Travelio, the alternative accommodations booking site based in Asia, as shown from left, chief operating officer Christie Tjong, chief executive officer Hendry Rusli, and chief strategy officer Christina Suriadjaja. Travelio Skift Take: This week, travel startups Travelio, Refundit, and Nowaday together announced more than $33 million in funding. Of particular note is Amadeus’ […]