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What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

Mobile-first Klook. Klook Skift Take: Since Klook’s launch five years ago, big changes have occurred in the sector. TripAdvisor bought Viator, TUI-Musement, and Booking-FareHarbor, and most recently, Airbnb invested in Atlas Obscura. All this, plus competition from online travel agencies, will test Klook’s playbook, even though its strategies seem sound for now. — Raini Hamdi […]

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Seattle Welcomes New Leaders at Seattle Opera & Seattle Symphony

Seattle is very fortunate to be among a relatively small group of U.S. cities that have the “Big Three”: a top tier symphony orchestra, opera, and ballet company. Our residents and visitors enjoy hundreds of performances every year ranging from world premieres to beloved classics. As the 2019-2020 season begins, two of these venerable Seattle […]

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Most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh

In the far northern reaches of India is a high-altitude desertic region known as Ladakh. The area was part of the former Tibetan Kingdom until the 13th century, but even after Tibet ceased direct influence, it remained largely under the control of Buddhist kings until the 19th century. During that time, many fortified palaces and […]

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Name origins of big US states

However familiar a name might be, if you repeat it enough times it will start to sound a little ridiculous. That’s usually because we don’t know where names come from, and that’s especially true when it comes to the names of cities. We use them so frequently that city names become part of our everyday […]

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Court Ruling Revives a US Airways Antitrust Case Against Sabre

A U.S. Airways jet departs Washington’s Reagan National Airport next to American Airlines jets outside Washington, February 25, 2013. Reuters Skift Take: A federal appeals court has asked for a partial do-over in antitrust litigation between US Airways and travel tech firm Sabre. After more than eight years and millions of dollars in expenses, the […]

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Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino is an Asian-themed boutique hotel and casino that has sometimes offered rooms on booking site HotelTonight. You can hear the CEO of HotelTonight, Sam Shank, speak at Skift Global Forum in New York City in September 2019. Tim Rue / Bloomberg Skift Take: HotelTonight’s acquisition by Airbnb last March […]

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What to see and do in Surfside

On the sliver of land across Biscayne Bay from Miami, Florida, lie the towns of Miami Beach and Bal Harbor. In between the two of them is tiny Surfside, with only 6,000 residents. It’s usually overshadowed by the energy of Miami Beach and, until recently, the swank shops of Bal Harbour. But Surfside is a […]

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The best parks to visit in Philly

When outsiders think of Philadelphia, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, or maybe even the steps from Rocky may come to mind. They picture a big city where they can eat philly cheese steaks and visit the oldest indoor farmer’s market in the US. What most people don’t know is that Philadelphia has one of the […]

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What the Reappointment of the EU’s Top Antitrust Regulator Means for Travel

Margrethe Vestager. The Danish politician will keep her job as the EU’s anti-trust enforcer. Stine Heilmann / European Union Skift Take: Margrethe Vestager has been a thorn in the side of Google in the past. Will she use her next term to go after the technology giant’s travel vertical? — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete […]

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Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Mark Okerstrom, the CEO of Expedia Group, believes his company has lots of tools to be a winner in accommodations. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: Is Airbnb going to eat Expedia’s lunch? The brand name Vrbo, really? Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom faces some real challenges as the online travel agency pecking order […]