Cvent Acquires DoubleDutch and 7 Other Digital Trends this Week

Cvent at IMEX Frankfurt, May 2019. Cvent Inc. / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Cvent adds a third event platform to its growing portfolio, Airbnb launches its own version of a traditional tour service, and Africa’s largest online travel agency plans to move into the corporate travel space. — Isaac Carey Slim … [Read more…]

Ctrip’s International Strategy Fuels TrainPal’s Hyper Growth

London Paddington Station Skift Take: The runaway success of the ticket booking app marks the latest development in the Chinese online travel giant’s strategy to strengthen its fast-growing international business. — Faye Chiu Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case Cover US $8.99End Date: Saturday Jan-4-2020 0:55:00 PSTBuy It Now for … [Read more…]

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Offering to Get Backing From Booking Holdings

Booking Holdings and Uber are among travel and transportation companies backing a new cryptocurrency from Facebook. Bloomberg Skift Take: Booking Holdings wants to be an innovator and supporter of alternative payments systems given its presence in emerging markets, especially in Asia. So it is understandable that Booking would want to be a first mover in … [Read more…]

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

A building housing Expedia in Bellevue, Wash. Expedia has agreed to pay more than $325,000 to settle U.S. government allegations that it improperly helped people travel inside Cuba or between the island and places other than the United States. The Treasury Department announced the agreement and settlements with several other companies on Thursday, June 13, … [Read more…]

What to do in Kigali, Rwanda

Mountain gorillas are Rwanda’s wealth. But if you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spare — yes, that’s how expensive it is to see gorillas — or don’t have the time to hit the verdant volcanic mountains, Rwanda’s capital city is a destination in itself. Since the end of the genocide against the Tutsi … [Read more…]

The best way to explore Cinque Terre

The name Cinque Terre simply means “five lands.” This Italian pentad, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating to the 11th century, beguiles travelers with its brightly painted fishing cottages, tucked-in harbors, and high cliffs plunging into the Ligurian Sea. But the question remains how best to take it all in. Rather than hiking from one … [Read more…]

Hotel Site Files Antitrust Complaint Against Expedia and Booking

Expedia, as well as Booking Holdings, are the subject of an antitrust complaint in Europe related to discount hotel rates. Pictured is the Expedia app. Bloomberg Skift Take: The omnipresence of wholesale hotel rates making their way onto online travel sites is becoming epidemic, and the big online travel agencies may be trying to throw … [Read more…]

South Africa’s Travelstart to Buy Corporate Travel Agency Club Travel

Pictured is Travelstart’s headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. The online travel agency is expanding into managed travel. Travelstart Skift Take: Travelstart is taking a logical next step in expanding from its core leisure travel business into corporate travel through an acquisition. — Richard Holmes Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card … [Read more…]

Traditional Kenyan foods

Exploring the food of the Kenyan coast is a lesson in history. The dishes are a mix of the many cultures of the region, from the Bantu peoples to Islamic, Indian, and European influences. To eat along the coast of Kenya is to learn its rich Swahili past. Swahili represents many things. It is a … [Read more…]

IKEA sending one person Copenhagen

Denmark regularly tops lists of the happiest countries in the world. IKEA believes some of that Danish happiness comes from the home, and they’re sending one person to Copenhagen for two weeks in September to test that theory out. One person will be set up with a typical local salary (and pay typical taxes on … [Read more…]