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Climate Neutral certifies gear

In the travel and outdoor product market, cutting carbon emissions is becoming increasingly important. Consumers want to feel good about the products and services they buy and the companies providing them. On the other side of the coin, brands want to prove to consumers that they are serious about reducing their environmental impact. But until […]

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Airbnb Host Group Violates Facebook Privacy Policy and 18 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

A business traveler walks into an Airbnb rental. Hosts in private Facebook groups have been posting photos and full names of guests. Airbnb Skift Take: This week in digital, Airbnb hosts in closed Facebook groups have been posting confidential guest information. Privacy concerns have also been on a rise for event planners as facial recognition […]

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Virgin Galactic Struggles Since Its Public Takeoff

British business magnate Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. Justin Bachman / Bloomberg Skift Take: This venture may be a little ahead of its time. Investors don’t have much confidence that space tourism will gain traction anytime soon. Can you really blame them? It’s space tourism. — Isaac Carey Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Fountain Raises $23 Million for Hospitality Recruitment: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Shown here is Keith Ryu, CEO and co-founder of Fountain, a hospitality recruitment startup that has raised additional funding. Fountain Skift Take: This week, travel startups announced more than $437 million in funding. Blockchain-based identify management, hospitality worker recruitment, airline distribution, attractions ticketing, and short-term rental property management were some of the hot concepts attracting […]

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Harry Potter’s house is on Airbnb

Harry Potter hardly spent any time in his childhood home, and his one notable experience there wasn’t exactly pleasant, but a trip to the Potter residence in Godric’s Hollow is a must for any true Potter fan. The De Vere House in Lavenham, England, served as Harry’s childhood home in the films, and now it’s […]

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Louisiana Bayou Cajun food trail

Imagine waking your family up at 9:00 AM on a Saturday morning and saying, “Get dressed, or we’ll be late for the pig slaughter.” For the people of the Louisiana Bayou, it’s as natural as saying, “Get dressed, or you’ll be late for school.” At Lafourche Parish’s Festival of Old Times, arriving late means missing […]

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Sabre Predicts Clear Skies for Its Airline Distribution and Tech Businesses

Sabre CEO Sean Menke shown at an industry event in Kraków, Poland, in 2017. Sabre, a travel technology company, reported third-quarter earnings, with revenue up 1 percent year-over-year, totaling $984 million. Sabre Skift Take: To paraphrase Sabre executives, airlines in North America are too fat and happy to be bothered to mimic the experiments with […]

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Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Airbnb host Kenyatta Forbes holds a Macrame workshop at the Bing Reading Room in Chicago, Illinois, on April 11, 2017. Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are struggling to gain traction in the selling of sightseeing and experiences compared with new players like Airbnb. Christopher Dilts / Airbnb Experiences Skift Take: Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are boosting […]

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What to do in NYC for LGBT travelers

New York City has long been a destination for LGBTQ people, both tourists and permanent residents. In 2019, NYC hosted World Pride, which brought a record five million people to the city. Made infamous in song and story, the city is difficult to disentangle from its image as a place where the artists and business […]

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REI closed Black Friday for activism

For most retail businesses, Black Friday is like the Super Bowl. It’s their biggest sales day of the year, and requesting the day off can be a pretty dicey proposition for an employee. But for five years in a row, outdoor retailer REI has closed its stores, processed no online sales, and given employees a […]