Romania to lift quarantine

Romania has become the most recent country to make it easier for some travelers to visit. Previously, incoming travelers had to quarantine upon arrival, but the country’s National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) has recently announced that the quarantine requirement will be lifted for those who can prove they’ve had both doses of the COVID-19…… Continue reading Romania to lift quarantine

Air Taxi Startup Joby May Go Public by Merging With a Blank Check Company

A Joby aircraft. The Electric passenger aircraft developer Joby may go public through a merger with a blank-check acquisition firm, or SPAC. JobySkift Take: Joby Aviation, a startup that’s building an electric aircraft capable of making vertical takeoffs and landings inside cities, may seek to go public soon. If it does so by merging with…… Continue reading Air Taxi Startup Joby May Go Public by Merging With a Blank Check Company

Vrbo and Expedia Dominate Online Travel TV Advertising in the U.S. So Far in 2021

Vrbo’s TV ad, “Your Together Awaits With Vrbo,” was the top online travel agency spot in impressions on U.S. TV during the first three weeks of 2021, according to iSpot.tv. Skift Take: Sister brands Vrbo and Expedia are being opportunistic in getting relatively aggressive about U.S. TV advertising early in 2021 when rival brands are…… Continue reading Vrbo and Expedia Dominate Online Travel TV Advertising in the U.S. So Far in 2021

Biden mask mandate in national parks

On January 20, the day of his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden signed an executive order mandating masks on federal property, which extends to national parks. The executive order requires federal employees and visitors to wear masks and maintain physical distance while on federal lands, including national parks and…… Continue reading Biden mask mandate in national parks

Middle East Diplomacy Could Help Fix Online Travel Blindspot 🔒

Skift Take: Israeli Arab entrepreneurs have not benefitted from the travel tech startup boom in Israel. The controversial peace deal between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors could begin to get the investments flowing. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

Arctic species threatened by climate

We’re used to hearing about global warming’s impact on glaciers and sea ice, but it can be easy to forget that this also means the destruction of an entire habitat for a myriad of Arctic wildlife. A polar bear living in the Arctic ecosystem views a melting glacier not with the eyes of a sightseer…… Continue reading Arctic species threatened by climate

Abu Dhabi’s new self-driving routes

Driving through the desert is the dream of many adventurers, and now you don’t even need a special guide to do it. Abu Dhabi has designed six self-drive off-road routes through the deserts just outside the city for driving enthusiasts to enjoy. Previously those desert roads required a guided tour in off-road vehicles, but now…… Continue reading Abu Dhabi’s new self-driving routes

This Airlines Deal Portends More Back-End Shakeups on Tech and Data

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 takes off. The airline is a customer of Airfare Insight (AFI), which is moving from SITA to ATPCO. Singapore AirlinesSkift Take: ATPCO’s acquisition of fare management tech from SITA probably won’t be the last project airlines will reassign. This month’s appointment of Alex Zoghlin as CEO of ATPCO suggests further…… Continue reading This Airlines Deal Portends More Back-End Shakeups on Tech and Data