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JetBlue UV cleaning system

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a wave of innovation when it comes to new sanitation measures. Airlines and airports specifically are creatively finding new ways to give guests a safer travel experience and the peace of mind to actually book a trip. JetBlue, for example, has already started using a new robotic disinfectant machine that […]

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The history of the gin cordial

Few spirits are as English as gin. In the 18th century, England experienced a period of dangerous consumption known as the Gin Craze. Then, in the mid-1800s, British sailors began mixing it with tonic water, inventing the now ubiquitous gin and tonic. Today, gin is still the most popular spirit in England — outselling even […]

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Booking’s Ad Play on Trivago Shows How to Create Opportunity From Crisis

Pictured is the Il Boro Tuscany property in France on August 24, 2019. Trivago is seeing increased demand for drive trips to rural areas. R Boed / Flickr.com Skift Take: Trivago was glad to see that Booking Holdings kept on advertising, however modestly, and upped its bidding in Trivago auctions while many other partners went […]

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Major Online Travel Exec: Negotiating With Google Is Almost Pointless

Skift Take: Deep-pocketed Google clearly didn’t appease suffering travel advertisers in any meaningful way because it didn’t have to — it’s Google. Don’t look for Google to find religion in terms of being a more collaborative partner perhaps until regulators would take it down a peg. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Audacity Fest digital schedule

The past few months have been a whirlwind. Every industry, including travel, has been shaken up. While this time has been tough on most working-class people worldwide, Black folks face two pandemics side by side: COVID-19 and racism. But Black Americans (who also love travel) know how to come together as a community, carve out […]

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Pandemic cross country road trip

The pandemic has made being in public difficult, eating at restaurants strained, and taking most leisure trips dangerous or irresponsible. It’s also made things that were challenging long before COVID-19, like moving across the country, a nightmare. I experienced this firsthand when I drove cross country with my fiance, our two dogs, and a one […]

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Executive Q&A: Why Covid-19 Will Bring a Shift Toward Personalized, Experiential-Based Loyalty Programs

Skift Take: The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that travel brands need to rethink consumer trust and loyalty to adapt to the new normal and truly deliver the personalized experiences that today’s customers expect. The stakes are higher than ever. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Delta Aquariids, Alpha Capricornids

Two meteor showers are reaching their peak this week and stargazers, both seasoned and aspiring, won’t want to miss it. The Delta Aquariids and Alpha Capricornids meteor showers both peak this week and will allow you to see several meteors per hour. The Delta Aquariids shower is an annual event that usually happens between mid-July […]

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Red Lobster gives away blue lobster

Red Lobster might have just discovered some accidental inspiration for a new spinoff chain — Blue Lobster. According to the Akron Zoo Facebook page, a Red Lobster employee found a rare blue lobster in a delivery to the chain’s Cuyahoga Falls location. The blue shell is the result of a genetic anomaly, and occurs in […]

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How India’s SpiceJet Is Using Tech to Innovate During the Pandemic

A SpiceJet Boeing aircraft in India. SpiceJet Skift Take: SpiceJet has championed reforms of airport processes that have already changed how all air travelers in India fly on all airlines. In a move reported here first, the budget carrier will begin to sell some of the tech it has developed to other airlines. — Sean […]