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Travel’s Paralysis Will Hurt Google’s Advertising Business in Coming Months

Pictured is a Google office. The company forecasts a difficult second quarter for its advertising business. Associated Press Skift Take: Google’s advertising business slowed in March as the pandemic kicked in globally. The second quarter, which ends in June, could be worse, and travel advertisers doing everything they can to conserve cash will be one […]

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Tripadvisor Lays Off 25 Percent of Global Workforce, Closes Some Offices

Tripadvisor restructured its operations on April 28, 2020. Pictured, Steve Kaufer, CEO, introduces the new TripAdvisor travel feed, September 17, 2018, in New York City. Skift Take: Tripadvisor isn’t immune from the coronavirus travel lockdown in many parts of the world, and it is taking difficult steps to survive the pandemic. — Dennis Schaal Read […]

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An Uptick in Fraud Is Complicating Airline Refunds for Canceled Flights

An external view of San Francisco International Airport. United Skift Take: The surge in requests for refunds on canceled flights has given cover for con artists to commit a few types of fraud. Airlines need to tap better ways to protect themselves and travelers. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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25 Fun Things To Do In Reykjavík Iceland (Plus Tips From A Local!)

Best Things To Do in Reykjavík, Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland The city of Reykjavik Iceland is known for it’s colorful homes, unique architecture, and wild nightlife. Here are some of the best things to do in Reykjavik during your visit! Reykjavík may be one of Europe’s most remote capital cities, but it has been known to […]

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Expedia’s Barry Diller Characterizes Removing Middle Seats on Airplanes as ‘Absurd’

Barry Diller on Face the Nation said the economy is in the “teething” stages of recovery on April 26, 2020. Skift Skift Take: Barry Diller let it rip on Sunday in a wide-ranging interview on the pandemic, calling President Trump a “witch doctor” for his coronavirus treatment recommendations. Whether the subject is Trump or regulation […]

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Booking Holdings Admits to Having Critical Failures Even Before the Pandemic

A Booking.com video shows the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Booking Holdings said it isn’t making fast enough progress in the United States. Booking.com Skift Take: Booking Holdings hired a new marketing chief in 2019 because it knew that its brand marketing in the U.S. was falling short, particularly against household name Expedia. Booking […]

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Poised for New Era of Travel Redistribution: The Long View This Week

Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and CEO was interviewed by Skift Founder Rafat Ali in his The Long View podcast on April 24, 2020. Chesky said travel will be different and better when the pandemic is over. Skift Skift Take: Can Airbnb be less of a real estate play and more of a facilitator of human […]

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Itilite Raises $13 Million for Business Travel Management: Travel Startup Funding This Week

The co-founder of Itilite, a business travel management startup. From left: CEO Mayank Kukreja and Anish Khadiya, chief business officer. Itilite Skift Take: Itilite, a business travel management startup based in India, differs in emphasis from companies like TripActions and Travelperk. It’s notable for focusing on mid-size to large companies, rather than small businesses. It […]

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The New York Times Drops Travel Section — For Now

The New York Times Travel section Skift Skift Take: It makes practical sense that The New York Times would temporarily stop printing the travel section. But it’s hard not to see the symbolism of the move. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Expedia Grabs $3.2 Billion in Private Equity Financing and Appoints Peter Kern CEO

Peter Kern was appointed CEO of Expedia Group Expedia Group Skift Take: Barry Diller followed a familiar pattern and appointed someone he’s known for years and feels comfortable working with as CEO. Peter Kern will have no trouble working with Apollo and Silver Lake, and with making deep cuts because he is a private equity […]