Literary-themed homes on Airbnb

Stepping into your favorite novel used to be a feat of the imagination, but now you can actually stay in homes inspired by some of the world’s greatest literary works. Airbnb is renting several homes that look like they’re straight out of a piece of literature. In honor of World Book Day, the homes were … [Read more…]

Travelport’s Plan to Build Market Share With U.S. Airlines and Agencies

European travel management company BCD uses Travelport to power its TripSource itinerary management app. Travelport, based in the UK, has been expanding its presence in the U.S. BCD Travel Skift Take: Travelport sees an opportunity to gain share with mid-market travel management companies in the U.S., which seems plausible. But it will need to keep … [Read more…]

Beyond Bookings: South Africa’s Travelstart Expands Into Media Space

Visitors play beach tennis and sit beneath parasols on Lagoon beach in Cape Town, South Africa, the kind of travelers Travelstart’s new media hub aims to target. Kevin Sutherland / Bloomberg Skift Take: Brands love an audience, and Travelstart boasts the best online travel booking numbers in Africa. Little wonder this leading online travel agency … [Read more…]

Traditional Chilean food and dishes

Chile is undeniably beautiful. Patagonia, the lake district, the stunning Torres del Paine National Park — with all of these things to see, you’d be forgiven for looking over the country’s diverse food. However, for a real taste of Chile, you have to experience all of the eats on offer. Chilean food is a mix … [Read more…]

Guide to Portugal’s top wine routes

Long eclipsed by French Burgundys and Italian Chiantis, Portuguese wine hasn’t always garnered the attention it deserves, despite the nation’s wealth of vineyards and praiseworthy vintages. Its most iconic wine, port, is fortified with an unaged brandy. Then there’s vinho verde, or green wine, a lightly fizzy, lightly viridescent summer staple from northern Portugal. Add … [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…]

Exploring The Best Of Granada On A Budget (Southern Spain)

Best Things To Do in Granada, Spain Granada, Spain Granada is a beautiful little city in the South of Spain where I lived for a month as a digital nomad. Here are some of the best things to do in Granada on your visit! Located at the base of the snowy Sierra Madre mountains, the … [Read more…]

New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

Skift Take: A new whitepaper examining distribution trends in Europe’s online hotel sector suggests that flexibility is a critical success factor for the region’s hospitality operators. Hotel executives must constantly review and optimize their channel mix if they hope to succeed and thrive in this highly competitive environment. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

An image from the HubSpot Inbound 2018 conference in Boston. Hubspot used the services of meetings tech startup Bizzabo to run its event. Bizzabo raised $27 million in Series D funding this week. HubSpot Skift Take: Two event tech startups, Bizzabo and Gather, have raised millions in funding to help businesses and restaurants manage and … [Read more…]

Taxidermy library in Anchorage

If you want to check out a book, you go to the nearest public library. If you want to check out a piece of taxidermy, you go to the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. The library houses hundreds of taxidermied specimens, from fawns to snowy owls, … [Read more…]