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OpenTable Gets New CEO in Executive Shuffle

Coltivare Restaurant, Ithaca, New York, on January 6, 2019. OpenTable appointed Debby Soo as CEO. Jo Zimny Photos / Flickr.com Skift Take: It’s really tough to judge a brand’s performance in the midst of a pandemic, but OpenTable clearly deserved more focus given the fact that travel and dining are completely different businesses. Once again, […]

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OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

A file photo of the Roister Restaurant in Chicago. OpenTable and Kayak brought back in mid-June around 10 percent of the employees they furloughed nearly a couple of months earlier. Roister Restaurant Skift Take: If the dining and travel industries are looking for a bright spot during these dark days, then returning employees are a […]

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Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links

Pictured is an Airbnb Luxe property in Provence, France. Under pressure from regulators, Google is testing changes to the way it displays travel, jobs, and local results in Europe. Airbnb Skift Take: Google has argued for years that its boxed-up and featured hotel, flight, and restaurant results are highlighted because they provide users with the […]

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What’s Wrong at Tripadvisor?

Shown here is a Tripadvisor store at Toronto airport. Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Scalable Grid Engine / Wikimedia Skift Take: Question: At Tripadvisor, as a controlled company, what mechanisms did minority shareholders have to pressure Chairman Greg Maffei to make dramatic changes? Answer: Relatively few. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On […]

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Tripadvisor Reorganization Brings Exec Departures and New Life for Viator

Shown here is Tripadvisor’s corporate headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts. TripAdvisor Skift Take: Flush with SoftBank and other venture capital money, GetYourGuide and Klook, as well as Airbnb and Booking.com, are nipping at Tripadvisor’s heels in tours and activities. Tripadvisor will try to leverage its brand, Viator, which already had a following before Tripadvisor absorbed it, […]

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‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ restaurant

This fancy London eatery is taking menu creativity to morbid heights. In 2020 Dinner by Heston will begin rolling out new menus with a series of dishes inspired by the probable last suppers of the citizens of Pompeii, the passengers of the Titanic, and Napoleon Bonaparte just before his death. The Pompeii meal was inspired […]

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2010s restaurant industry news

In the last decade, food culture underwent a seismic shift. Celebrity chefs became just as interesting as, and in some cases more important than, the food they prepared. Sure, we had Julia Child in the latter half of the 20th century, but the start of the 21st century saw the concept of the “chef personality” […]

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Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years

Google Maps rolled out an augmented reality feature. A traveler tries it in Vietnam. Justanothersimian / YouTube Skift Take: When you’re Google, you can take more than a decade to hone a product such as Google Maps and attract more than a billion users without having to worry that it isn’t making lots of money. […]

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TripAdvisor Plots Inspiration Path in Google’s Shadow

Miami beach. TripAdvisor launched a new homepage last year, and wants travelers to come direct to the site. Mike McBey / Flickr Skift Take: CEO Stephen Kaufer seems confident that the “new TripAdvisor” will be successful. We’ll have to wait until later this year before we know whether it is helping the company earn more […]