Skift Global Forum Video: Responsible Travel Marketing in the Era of Data, Privacy, and the Always-On Consumer

Skift Take: Travel marketing was a hot topic at this year’s Skift Global Forum in New York. In this video recap from the event, we learn about how travel marketers can deliver relevant messages to consumers at the right moment while still respecting growing requests for privacy. — SkiftX Read the Complete Story On Skift

Budget Hotels Drive Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Growth to $34 Billion

An Oyo hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The rise of budget hotel chains like Oyo and RedDoorz has driven the growth of Southeast Asia’s online travel sector to $34.4 billion this year. Oyo Rooms Skift Take: Like low-cost carriers before them, low-cost hotel chains are playing a big role in the growth of … [Read more…]

What are electric mountain bikes?

Electric mountain bikes, or eMTBS, are the high-altitude version of the pedal-assisted e-bikes you’ve seen cruising through hipster neighborhoods for the past few years. These trail runners have a similar battery pack and motor like their big-city brethren. Likewise, they’re also capped by a governor that prevents the rider from going full-bore down a trail … [Read more…]

Best things to do in Crested Butte

Crested Butte doesn’t have the flashy main street of other Colorado mountain towns like Telluride or Aspen. Although it was intended to be a mining town, Crested Butte never struck the precious metals that some of these other mountain sites throughout the state found. Instead, it relied on an economy based around coal. Instead, Crested … [Read more…]

Skyscanner Wants to Be Instagram-Like in Selling Flights

An image of Skyscanner’s mobile app after the September 2019 rebranding of the company. Skyscanner Skift Take: We can shop for TVs and clothes on our phone, but booking flights remains stubbornly old school. Skyscanner is one of a few online players working with airlines to fix that. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story … [Read more…]

Intrepid Travel stops elephant rides

Animal welfare is increasingly top of mind for modern travelers not wanting to see their tourism dollars used for exploitative profit. In Southeast Asia, elephant riding has taken center stage. Reports of “elephant breaking,” the violent process of taming and domesticating an elephant for commercial use, made their way to the public eye in 2014 … [Read more…]

David Chang calls out ethnic aisle

David Chang is a celebrity chef, TV host, and the proprietor of iconic restaurants like Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City. He’s also an outspoken advocate for cuisines that are underappreciated and misunderstood in America. His latest crusade is against the so-called “ethnic” aisle at the supermarket. On a recent episode of his podcast, … [Read more…]