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Expedia CEO Details Anti-Google Game Plan

Expedia’s new CEO, Peter Kern, wants to reduce the company’s reliance on Google marketing. Expedia Group Skift Take: Can Expedia Group wean itself away from Google, and avoid performance marketing spending when it doesn’t hit return on investment targets? New CEO Peter Kern said the coronavirus crisis presents an opportunity to chase these goals. Kern […]

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The Travel Industry Refunds Conundrum: Survival Versus Doing the Right Thing

A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, March 11, 2020. Bernat Armangue / Associated Press Skift Take: If you ordered a book and it never arrived, you’d expect a refund. Simple. But if you booked a hotel and couldn’t get there because of lockdowns, you’d […]

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Istanbul lockdown photos

Nothing is as emotionally confusing as looking at images of a city pre-lockdown. On the one hand, it’s nice to reflect on the days when large gatherings were a thing, people were out at markets, playing in the streets, and just generally going about their lives. It reminds us that “normal” wasn’t so long ago […]

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17-year cicadas emerging

After 17 years spent underground, Brood IX (9) periodical cicadas are getting ready to burst from the ground in the coming days and weeks. The emergence is expected to happen mostly in northwestern North Carolina, southwestern Virginia, and southeastern West Virginia. The insects usually appear in mid-May and continue through early July, emerging from the […]