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Airbnb Signs 9-Year Sponsorship Deal With Olympics Ahead of Tokyo Games

Joe Gebbia, Airbnb Co-Founder gives a speech after signing​ a nine-year, five-Games partnership with the IOC, at Japan House, London. Matt Alexander / PA Wire Skift Take: That Airbnb chose the Olympic Games for its first-ever global sponsorship deal makes sense — the event both aligns with the brand’s ethos and will be a boon […]

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The most bitter spirits in the world

Humans have five fundamental taste receptors: sweet, salty, sour, umami, and bitter. A perfectly balanced meal includes all of them, which is easy enough for the first four of those tastes. Understanding and appreciating bitter, however, is something we have to force ourselves to do. “The minute that bitterness touches your tongue, there’s a nanosecond […]

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Calm, romantic European destinations

Everyone has their own ideas about what’s romantic and what’s not. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that hordes of selfie-stick-holding tourists does not spell l’amour. When you head off on vacation together, choosing somewhere quiet means you can focus on each other instead of getting distracted (and exhausted) by […]

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Expedia’s New Resort Fees Policy and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Group will start lowering the ranking of a hotel’s listing if it adds resort fees. Bloomberg Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at Expedia’s decision to lower the rankings of a hotel’s listing on its site due to the addition of resort fees. Meanwhile, Vrbo is under new leadership as […]

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Airbnb Vs. Local Regulators Is a Lopsided Battle

An Airbnb guide to San Francisco. Effie Yang / Flickr Skift Take: The cities and municipalities that are trying to contain the likes of growth-hungry startups like Airbnb have a major disadvantage: Their adversaries have fought this fight multiple times before. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

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To mark the partnership with, an ​all-in return fare to Madrid from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Sydney from just $25 (RM99) is offered. AirAsia Group Skift Take: It’s finally happened. is selling other airlines on its website and app. Powered by, it’s a start. Getting direct contracts with airlines is next. […]

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Travelio Raises $18 Million for Extended Stay Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Co-founders of Travelio, the alternative accommodations booking site based in Asia, as shown from left, chief operating officer Christie Tjong, chief executive officer Hendry Rusli, and chief strategy officer Christina Suriadjaja. Travelio Skift Take: This week, travel startups Travelio, Refundit, and Nowaday together announced more than $33 million in funding. Of particular note is Amadeus’ […]

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Los Angeles LGBTQ guide

With pretty boys, palm trees, and perennially sunny days, it’s no wonder traffic is packed bumper to bumper in Los Angeles. From the tops of her canyons to the sandy bottoms of her coastal shores, La La Land has always been the most camera-ready, picture-perfect LGBTQ destination in the US. From epic nightlife to gay-friendly […]

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North American sports halls of fame

Halls of fame weren’t originally meant for sports. The country’s first hall of fame was a sculpture garden dedicated to great Americans on the University Heights campus at NYU. That was back in 1900, and it was 39 years before baseball’s hall of fame opened its doors. Since then high schools, colleges, and pro teams […]

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Trivago’s Incoming CEO Gets Busy Tweaking Its Advertising Strategy

In July 2019, Trivago moved into a new headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, whose main entrance hall is shown here. Trivago Skift Take: Trivago’s incoming CEO Axel Hefer signaled Thursday that the company would change its auctions to appeal more to advertisers. Most promising is how it will now let and other advertisers bid for […]