Separating Hype From Emerging Tech’s Real Shortcomings Post-Crisis: New Skift Research

Conference attendee tries using the latest VR goggles in Munich, Germany Stephan Sorkin / Unsplash Skift Take: Not all tech is worth the hype. But then again, the current crisis will likely accelerate the adoption of some worthwhile emerging technologies. It’s important to know how this will impact the travel industry. We’ve set out the … [Read more…]

A Seattle Native’s Itinerary for Her City

As a Seattle native, it’s been exciting to watch my home change and grow over time. And although there has been a lot of that in recent years, what has remained consistent are the tried and true aspects of the city that make and keep Seattle, Seattle. From a thriving food and drink scene, to … [Read more…]

One Seattle Native’s Itinerary for Her City

As a Seattle native, it’s been exciting to watch my home change and grow over time. And although there has been a lot of that in recent years, what has remained consistent are the tried and true aspects of the city that make and keep Seattle, Seattle. From a thriving food and drink scene, to … [Read more…]

Cvent Group Bookings Down Even Before Potential Coronavirus Impact

Group bookings look soft for 2020 with uncertainty fueled by coronavirus and the 2020 election. Unsplash Skift Take: A predicted dip in group bookings is making hotels more aggressive on bookings, with future uncertainty compounded by coronavirus and the 2020 election. — Lauren Ward Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case … [Read more…]

Exploring Scenic Seattle, Like a Local

Seattle is an amazing and unique destination for many reasons but ask any local and they’ll tell you their favorite feature is the city’s proximity to nature. Surrounded by Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west as well as the Cascade Mountains to the east, it’s easy to find a breathtaking view or … [Read more…]

Booking Holdings Drops Out of Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative

Mastercard, Visa, and now Booking Holdings are among the companies that have exited Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency initiative. Associated Press Skift Take: The Libra cryptocurrency program is falling apart following regulatory pushback. Booking Holdings likely didn’t want the hassle of being associated with such a controversial initiative, which may not get off the ground in the … [Read more…]

Booking Management Shakeup Leaves Gillian Tans Out as CEO of Flagship Unit

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans spoke at the Skift Global Forum in New York City in 2016. Tans was replaced as Booking Holdings CEO on June 26, 2019. Skift Skift Take: There’s little doubt that Tans’ abrupt departure, without any transition time, points to conflicts within Booking Holdings over the company’s strategic direction. — Dennis Schaal … [Read more…]

Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering

Balu Ramchandran, senior vice president of India’s Cleartrip, said his team was speaking to Amazon India and Amazon Pay for ‘several quarters’ prior to the launch of their flights partnership.d Cleartrip Skift Take: Amazon’s deal with Cleartrip using Amazon Pay for India domestic flights could be a forerunner of similar moves in other emerging markets … [Read more…]

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Page for Le Bernardin restaurant on Google Maps app. Skift Skift Take: This week in digital news, we take a deep dive into Google Maps, comparing it to other superapps like Meituan in China or Grab in Southeast Asia. Plus, we talk to Avis executive Jeff Kaelin about customers’ mobile experience and look at Jumia’s … [Read more…]

Vancouver Shuns Uber While Chinese-Language App Kabu Thrives

The Kabu Driver ride-sharing app. Ben Nelms / Bloomberg Skift Take: The underground ride-sharing app has big plans for growth, with an English version coming soon. By the time Uber gets on the road, it may find itself up against a solid competitor. — Isaac Carey Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]