Travel in the post-COVID-19 era

In this op-ed, Luis Vargas, CEO and founder of the tour company Modern Adventure, shares his thoughts on the outlook of travel in the coming months after several weeks of coronavirus wreaking havoc on the industry and the world at large — and why he’s certain the power of the traveler mindset will endure. As … [Read more…]

Mike Posner on walking across the US

Mike Posner never thought he would traverse a continent on foot, summit mountain peaks, or complete an arduous Wim Hof retreat. “I’m just a singer who already blew his shot,” Posner lamented in his 2016 hit, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” Singing about the possibility of disappearing into obscurity, ironically, helped him climb the … [Read more…]

New England Patriots plane N95 masks

Almost everyone hates the New England Patriots, but this is one occasion when you actually have to give the team props. Since Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker was unable to procure medical supplies from the federal government, he worked with Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft to have these supplies flown in from China. And they’re being delivered … [Read more…]

Cruises with COVID-19 to stay at sea

By order of the US Coast Guard, all cruise ships currently at sea must remain at sea indefinitely during the coronavirus pandemic and send any ill passengers to countries where vessels are registered. The new rules, which went into effect March 29, apply to any ship carrying more than 50 people. It requires sick passengers … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Glenn Fogel, who is the CEO and president of Booking Holdings, spoke at Skift Global Forum on September 18, 2019, with Executive Editor Dennis Schaal. Skift Skift Take: Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel said he “feels fine” after testing positive for coronavirus. As a public company, Booking Holdings prudently disclosed the diagnosis in a financial … [Read more…]

What’s Next for Trip.com Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China?

Trip.com CEO Jane Sun is seeing signs of recovery in China’s domestic travel market as the coronavirus crisis subsides in the country. Trip.com Skift Take: For Trip.com Group’s top leader, the message is clear. Countries around the world should not squander any chances to control the virus, and neither should the travel industry let a … [Read more…]

Real ID deadline extended by a year

President Trump announced that the deadline for obtaining a Real ID will be extended by one year from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021. “At a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do [not] want to require people to go with their local DMV,” said Trump during a press briefing … [Read more…]

What are the World Nomad Games

Wrestlers, archers, bone-tossers, and games of polo played with a headless goat instead of a ball: Welcome to the World Nomad Games, the largest international sports competition you’ve never heard of. Celebrating nomadic traditions since 2014, the World Nomad Games has been held in Cholpon-Ata, a Kyrgyz town on the shores of the Issyk-Kul lake, … [Read more…]

Should Venture Capital Be Betting on Travel Now? New Skift Research

Empty hotels, like the one pictured here, are the challenge for venture capital investors deciding whether to keep investing in the travel sector. Wendy Li / Adobe Skift Take: Travel is a long-term megatrend because all across the globe people appreciate the value that it brings to their lives. This holds true across a vast … [Read more…]

Travelsky Puts On a Brave Face as Chinese Flight Demand Slowly Rebounds

A China Southern aircraft. All Chinese airlines use travel technology firm TravelSky’s systems to manage their domestic businesses. China Southern Skift Take: Travelsky, China’s travel technology giant, said it will weather the coronavirus-related plunge in air travel without needing to lay off workers. Remarkably, in January it added a tool to its popular flight app … [Read more…]