Booking Marketing Chief Skeptical Rentals Will Recover Faster Than Hotels

The Booking.com logo at a recent Web Summit event. Web Summit Skift Take: Booking.com’s Arjan Dijk gave a feisty interview at Skift Forum Europe, touching on his skepticism about Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s bold predictions about the future of travel, the marketing strategies of his competitors, and whether aid programs for the industry make sense. … [Read more…]

NASA’s timelapse of the sun

Over the past decade, from June 1, 2010, to June 2, 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been watching the sun nonstop, capturing 425 million high-resolution images of the star. From those images, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected one picture taken every hour by SDO and compiled them into a 61-minute video, with … [Read more…]

Pandemic May Revive Fortunes of Virtual Reality and 360-Degree Travel Content in a Few Niches

A virtual reality camera records details at the Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand. VResorts Skift Take: Virtual reality has been the next big thing for years, and it always will be. But despite skepticism, the technology shows a potential to help the travel sector in a few specific, high margin cases. — Sean O’Neill Read the … [Read more…]

Alternate ways to road trip in CA

Road trips have never been more appealing, offering the liberating feeling of open space while keeping us far from crowds. Once you’ve checked California’s famed Highway 1 off your bucket list, there are plenty of other intriguing ways to traverse the Golden State. Below, we’ll dive deep into three: The first passes wildlife refuges, skirts … [Read more…]

India’s MakeMyTrip Pushes Out Expectations for Profits Even Further Because of Pandemic

The Jal Mahal Palace near Jaipur, which is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. Sayan Nath / Unsplash Skift Take: One wonders whether some travel companies like MakeMyTrip Group must rethink parts of their business during the pandemic. They may continue to struggle to pay out millions in refunds to customers due to … [Read more…]

SevenRooms Raises $50 Million for Hospitality Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Some properties in the Mandarin Oriental group use SevenRooms to manage bookings in their hospitality spaces. Mandarin Oriental Skift Take: Despite the crisis, travel startups continue to raise funds. SevenRooms, a guest experience platform for restaurants and hotels, was one highlight this week. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

Biggest food fights in Spain

No fewer than five festivals in Spain license participants to lob food at one another. In fact, at these particular festivals, throwing food is how you participate. La Tomatina is the most famous. The annual tomato fight, which results in over 200,000 pounds of crushed tomatoes sloshing around the streets of Buñol, has been held … [Read more…]