Airbnb Plans to Go Public in 2020 and 19 Other Digital Trends This Week

After much speculation, Airbnb plans to go public in 2020. Skift Skift Take: This week in digital, Airbnb plans to go public in 2020, this after the company surpassed $1 billion in its second quarter revenue. Meanwhile, Hotelbeds is taking action as more hoteliers have complained about unfairness from opposing travel agencies. — Jasmine Ganaishlal … [Read more…]

Hiking Mount Whitney: California’s Highest Peak (Winter Climb)

Hiking Mt Whitney in the Winter Lone Pine, California The elevation is starting to take its toll. Carefully planting one foot in front of the other, climbing through snow with my ice axe, I push on to summit California’s highest mountain. Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet. … [Read more…]

Chengjia Raises $300 Million for Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A two-bedroom “aparthotel” from Citadines in Xi’an, China. Citadines Aparthotel is one of the brands of Chengjia, a company that raised $300 million in Series B investment this week. Citadines Aparthotel Aparthotel Skift Take: This week, travel startups announced more than $433 million in funding. Companies included Chengjia, Holidu, AvantStay, WanderJaunt, Lavanda, Kambr, Amenitiz, and … [Read more…]

Most popular Groupon in every state

Figuring out what to do on vacation is tough. We get it. That’s presumably why you read travel stories and peruse websites to spark ideas. Or, at the very least, see who bought the most ad space on Yelp! But you might also want to look at the activities people are choosing to spend their … [Read more…]

Best New England islands to visit

When it comes to New England island vacations, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket dominate the discussion. But unless you’re willing to shell out an exorbitant amount of money for a rental, they’re relatively inaccessible. The good news is that there are hundreds of islands are scattered throughout the coast of New England — and plenty of … [Read more…]

Futurist Tobaccowala Warns Travel Marketers to Not Be Too Data-Driven

Publicis Groupe Chief Growth Officer Rishad Tobaccowala (left) speaks at Skift Global Forum in New York City on Sept. 19, 2019. Skift Skift Take: Advertising legend Rishad Tobaccowala lashes out at an over-dependence on data, and believes so-called FAANGs must be broken up. All this simply makes his forthcoming book, Restoring the Soul of Business: … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]