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Expedia CEO Is Unfazed by Airbnb’s Growing Vacation Rental Lead

Shown here is a photo of Mark Okerstrom Expedia Group CEO and President speaking on-Stage at Skift Global Forum in New York on Thursday. Skift Skift Take: Mark Okerstrom, the chief of Expedia Group, has high hopes for his recently rebranded homesharing unit Vrbo. But as competition intensifies in the segment, we’re wondering if we’ll […]

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Underrated US cities for street art

Step aside, stuffy art museums — street art has taken over the nation as the most important contemporary art movement of our time. What began as a subversive form of art about 40 years ago is now, in many urban areas, city sanctioned. Earlier this year, Chicago even launched a mural registry dedicated to protecting […]

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Best lake regions near Toronto

Canada may be known for its cold winters and expansive landmasses, but it has so much more to offer than just maple syrup and good hockey. For this, look no further than Ontario, a Canadian province dotted with pristine lakes and forests. There are over 250,000 lakes in the regions north of Toronto, some lined […]

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Booking Holdings Reaffirms Plan to Charge Commissions on Hotel Resort Fees

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: Despite criticism and reports of misgivings, Booking Holdings will plow ahead with a groundbreaking policy of charging commissions on resort fees charged by hotels, said CEO and president […]

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TripAdvisor CEO Welcomes More Pressure on the Travel Industry to Develop Green Practices

TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer speaking on stage Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali at Skift Global Forum in New York City. Skift Skift Take: When it comes to certain green practices and the refugee crisis, TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer believes corporations and CEOs can’t sit on the sidelines and must […]

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Famous border walls around the world

Border walls are a testament to humans’ obsession with boundaries and our preoccupation to constantly define ourselves against those who exist on the other side. They are among the most important and consequential man made monuments, and understanding them is crucial to understanding the history of human civilization — something as simple as a stretch […]

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Soccer stadium turned into forest

This Austrian soccer stadium is assuming a pretty unique aesthetic that has nothing much to do with sports. The Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt has been covered with over 300 adult birch, willow, maple, and oak trees for artist Klaus Littmann’s “For Forest” installation. Photo: For Forest/Facebook The largest public installation ever to take place in […]

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Where to travel in November 2019

Traditionally, traveling in November isn’t so much a matter of picking between warm-weather destinations but rather picking the airports with the cheapest flights to our families. And yes, it’s nice to see family and enjoy the communal bounty that is Thanksgiving. But November has 30 days, and Thanksgiving is but one of them, leaving a […]

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Saxon Switzerland National Park

Saxon Switzerland National Park is a magnificent nature reserve that suffers from mistaken identity. You’d be forgiven if you thought it was in Switzerland, but you’ll actually find this forested, rocky wonderland in eastern Germany on the border with the Czech Republic. Saxon Switzerland got its name from two Swiss men who explored the area […]

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Wholesaler Hotelbeds Cuts Ties to Booking Sites That Break Hotel Distribution Rules

Shown here is the Hotelbeds stand at the ITB trade fair in Berlin in March 2019. Hotelbeds Group Skift Take: The collapse last week of Amoma suggests that an industrywide crackdown on online travel agencies that violate hotel contracts is getting serious. For example, many hoteliers have wanted Hotelbeds to crack down on bad behavior […]