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…]

Google Adds Vacation Rentals to Evolving Hotel Site

Google announced it would be offering vacation rentals like this HomeAway lodging. HomeAway Skift Take: The new feature is clean, intuitive, and easy to use. As Google’s booking platform rapidly expands, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the go-to booking site for all things travel. — Isaac Carey Slim Leather Travel Passport … [Read more…]