What the Reappointment of the EU’s Top Antitrust Regulator Means for Travel

Margrethe Vestager. The Danish politician will keep her job as the EU’s anti-trust enforcer. Stine Heilmann / European Union Skift Take: Margrethe Vestager has been a thorn in the side of Google in the past. Will she use her next term to go after the technology giant’s travel vertical? — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete … [Read more…]

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Mark Okerstrom, the CEO of Expedia Group, believes his company has lots of tools to be a winner in accommodations. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: Is Airbnb going to eat Expedia’s lunch? The brand name Vrbo, really? Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom faces some real challenges as the online travel agency pecking order … [Read more…]

Ctrip Changing Name to Trip.com Group to Emphasize International Business

Harbor views from Marco Polo Hotel in Hong Kong. Will calm return to the city? The volatile situation in Hong Kong, political tensions with Taiwan, and the U.S.-China trade war have negatively impact Ctrip’s business. Wharf Hotels Management Skift Take: Ctrip, or the company soon-to-be known as Trip.com Group Ltd., is banking on international growth … [Read more…]

Datalex to Lose Lufthansa Tech Contract After Management Fiasco

Lufthansa aircraft shown at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport. Parent company Lufthansa Group is a major customer of Datalex, which suffered an accounting disaster in 2018 that continues to bring aftershocks. Alex Kraus / Bloomberg Skift Take: Airline tech vendor Datalex had a spectacular accounting meltdown in 2018. Lufthansa, its largest customer, wants to kill its contract. … [Read more…]

2019 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Every year, UNESCO adds properties of amazing cultural and natural significance to its list of heritage sites, which are legally protected from destruction or use during wartime through international treaties. Currently, there are 1,121 World Heritage sites scattered throughout the world, including the historic Acropolis in Greece, India’s dazzling Taj Mahal, and Australia’s Great Barrier … [Read more…]

How to hike Mount Olympus, Greece

Inland from Greece’s famed islands, with their pristine beaches and clear blue waters, is a landscape of verdant pine forests, dramatic gorges, and steep mountainsides. Here stands the mythic Mount Olympus, the home of the Ancient Greek gods. Although no human mortal reached the summit of the fog-shrouded, 9,573-foot peak until as recently 1913, today … [Read more…]

Google’s Big Push Into Vacation Rentals and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

A Google office building. Associated Press Skift Take: This week in digital news, hotels are getting smart about using technology to stimulate demand while Hilton turns to social media to attract millennials. Meanwhile, Google’s partnership with Vacasa shows the online giant wants to own a bigger chunk of the vacation rental market. — Andrew Sheivachman … [Read more…]

Hotel Engine Raises $16 Million for Business Travel Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A whiteboarding scene from the new Denver headquarters of Hotel Engine, a startup that offers online lodging management for businesses. Hotel Engine has raised $16 million in Series A funding. Hotel Engine Skift Take: The funding of business travel management startup Hotel Engine underscores how there’s a lot of money and energy pouring into the … [Read more…]