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Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

In 2019, Despegar launched a rebranded logo and marketing campaign that included tote bags with a theme of the online travel agency helping people plan all parts of their trip. The logo was done by brand consultant Saffron. Despegar Skift Take: Some religions take it on faith that their messiah will come, but they stoically […]

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TripAdvisor Looks to Counter Google by Considering Loyalty Initiatives for First Time

TripAdvisor saw decreased free traffic from Google in the second quarter of 2019. Pictured is Google Maps, a key part of Google’s travel initiatives. Bloomberg Skift Take: A new loyalty program and a brand campaign to bolster direct traffic and user engagement are among the measures TripAdvisor is working on to counter the fact that […]


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Best bars in Times Square

On a swelteringly hot July day in New York City, I took a look around in Times Square at the hordes of tourists with selfie sticks slowly shuffling shoulder-to-sweat-stained-shoulder. There were people in Pikachu and Transformers costumes pushing for tips from unknowing passersby, and a bombardment of advertisements flashing who knows what. It was, simply, […]

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UK trains staying in Interrail

The Interrail train program has allowed unlimited train travel across Europe at a fixed price for nearly 50 years, and earlier this week, UK train operators announced their withdrawal from the program, effective on January 1, 2020. For a whole 24 hours, people were speculating on the widespread consequences this might have on UK rail […]

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Booking Holdings CEO Sees Greater Need for Urgency Under New Exec Structure

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel wants to speed up the pace of execution at the company. BTO / Flickr Skift Take: Booking Holdings, along with Expedia Group, have both had to deal with acquisitions and integrations that have been taking too long. Booking officials are undoubtedly frustrated with the pace of progress at OpenTable and […]

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Solutions for pollution

Pollution is a global problem, among the greatest the world collectively faces. The World Health Organization approximates seven million deaths annually to air pollution, with countries like India and China experiencing record levels of hazardous particulates. Trash fills our streets and oceans, creating a debris heap the size of an island you might expect to […]

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UK trains pull out of Interrail

The Interrail train program has allowed unlimited train travel across Europe at a fixed price for nearly 50 years, but now the UK’s train operators are withdrawing. Effective on January 1, 2020, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents the UK train industry, announced that it’s pulling out of both Interrail and Eurail, meaning UK […]

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Want a Pristine, Private Beach All to Yourself? Sandee’s Got You Covered

You could find yourself here with the help of Thomas Depenbusch (Depi) / Flickr Skift Take: Ever find yourself desperate to find a private black-sand beach but don’t have time to aimlessly search in a rental car? Consider, a new website and soon-to-be app, the latest brand that wants to give consumers more […]

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Shiji’s Hotel Tech Acquisition Spree: A Closer Look

Kevin King, chief commercial officer of Shiji Group, left, speaks at Skift Tech Forum. Skift Skift Take: Since 2016, Shiji has spent $141 million on acquisitions and investments across 10 tech companies outside of China, according to our review of its financial filings. Yet we still don’t grasp the overseas strategy of the hospitality tech […]