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TripAdvisor CEO Welcomes More Pressure on the Travel Industry to Develop Green Practices

TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer speaking on stage Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali at Skift Global Forum in New York City. Skift Skift Take: When it comes to certain green practices and the refugee crisis, TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer believes corporations and CEOs can’t sit on the sidelines and must […]

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Famous border walls around the world

Border walls are a testament to humans’ obsession with boundaries and our preoccupation to constantly define ourselves against those who exist on the other side. They are among the most important and consequential man made monuments, and understanding them is crucial to understanding the history of human civilization — something as simple as a stretch […]

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Soccer stadium turned into forest

This Austrian soccer stadium is assuming a pretty unique aesthetic that has nothing much to do with sports. The Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt has been covered with over 300 adult birch, willow, maple, and oak trees for artist Klaus Littmann’s “For Forest” installation. Photo: For Forest/Facebook The largest public installation ever to take place in […]

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Where to travel in November 2019

Traditionally, traveling in November isn’t so much a matter of picking between warm-weather destinations but rather picking the airports with the cheapest flights to our families. And yes, it’s nice to see family and enjoy the communal bounty that is Thanksgiving. But November has 30 days, and Thanksgiving is but one of them, leaving a […]

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Saxon Switzerland National Park

Saxon Switzerland National Park is a magnificent nature reserve that suffers from mistaken identity. You’d be forgiven if you thought it was in Switzerland, but you’ll actually find this forested, rocky wonderland in eastern Germany on the border with the Czech Republic. Saxon Switzerland got its name from two Swiss men who explored the area […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]