Wholesaler Hotelbeds Cuts Ties to Booking Sites That Break Hotel Distribution Rules

Shown here is the Hotelbeds stand at the ITB trade fair in Berlin in March 2019. Hotelbeds Group Skift Take: The collapse last week of Amoma suggests that an industrywide crackdown on online travel agencies that violate hotel contracts is getting serious. For example, many hoteliers have wanted Hotelbeds to crack down on bad behavior … [Read more…]

Executive Q&A: Connecting the Dots Between Loyalty and Design

Skift Take: Travel brands are beginning to embrace the principles of human-centered design to rethink the way they develop products and experiences. But where does loyalty fit into the equation? Empathy and giving the customer a seat at the table is a great place to start. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Best cideries near Ithaca, New York

I’m busy making friends with the calico cat sunbathing in a window at Blackduck Cider‘s Ovid, New York, tasting room, when I hear, “That cat isn’t fat enough to eat yet. We’ll wait until fall, then we’ll roast her.” I turn around to find John Reynolds, founder and head cider maker, emerging from the cluttered … [Read more…]

Best things to do in Lund, Sweden

Lund, Sweden, is home to the largest university in Scandinavia, drawing not just Nordic students but also exchange and degree students from around the world. Lund’s students give the ancient city of 90,000 a youthful energy. You don’t need to be an undergrad, though, to enjoy this dynamic town. With its regal architecture and cobblestone … [Read more…]

Datalex to Lose Lufthansa Contract and 15 Other Digital Trends This Week

Lufthansa’s plane waiting on the runway isn’t the only thing ready to take off as the company is expected to end its contract with Datalex. Lufthansa Skift Take: In this week’s digital news, Datalex continues to plummet under the looming threat of losing its contract with Lufthansa. Meanwhile, the EU’s top antitrust regulator has her … [Read more…]

Amoma.com Troubles May Delight Hoteliers That Hate Its Rate Discounting

A photo of the Amoma.com site on a tablet in September 2019. The online travel agency offers discounted rates on hotels. Sean O’Neill / Skift Skift Take: Hoteliers probably disliked Amoma.com more than any other online travel agency in the past few years. Amoma often undercut hoteliers on price. Now its reported troubles may have … [Read more…]

Volocopter Raises $55 Million for Flying Taxis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

VoloCity is an aircraft that that might carry two people plus luggage for about 50 miles. It is the lead product of Volocopter, a German startup that has just raised $55 million in additional funding. Volocopter Skift Take: This week, travel startups Volocopter, Atlas Obscura, KKDay, AmazingCo, Living Map, Sojourn, and Davinci Travel Systems announced … [Read more…]

Visitor Trends, Destination Marketing + Visitor Servicing Reality 2019 [VIDEO]

Home » Learning Hub Visitor Trends, Destination Marketing Strategy + Visitor Servicing Reality 2019 [VIDEO] By Rebecca White Published on August 13, 2019 In the following video (24 minutes), we share key visitor trends and the destination marketing and visitor servicing reality in 2019, which is an excerpt from Module 1 of our Visitor Servicing … [Read more…]

Kangaroo Island outdoor activities

Adventure lovers could be tempted to stay on the Australian mainland without venturing further afield. With nearly three million square miles of territory, including 10,000 beaches and even skiable mountains in winter, Australia seems to have everything an outdoor lover could want. But adventure seekers should add one more stunning place to their list of … [Read more…]

10 fanny packs made to go everywhere

Fanny packs used to be cool, sort of. In the 1980s, back when you’d regularly see hotshot skiers flying down the slopes in bright fluorescents, you’d see those same suave hipsters donning a pink and yellow pouch around their waste later that night at the bar. And then the 1990s happened, the blacks and grays … [Read more…]