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Fall food and festivals in Italy

In Italy, autumn builds up slowly. The blazing sun still calls a few diehard sunbathers to the beach on some early October days while storms roll in on other days, leaving plummeting temperatures in their wake. These turbulent days are the backdrop for a season of grape harvesting, olive pressing, food festivals, and celebrations of […]

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Where to travel this December

Stressful as holiday-time travel can be, at least you’re not having to stop at literally every house in the world on a sled pulled by reindeer. So when put in perspective to the kind of trip poor Santa Claus has to make, flying in December should seem downright painless. Which means the only barrier between […]

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Porsche and Boeing Partner to Create Electric Flying Cars

An artist’s rendering of a flying concept vehicle by Porsche and Boeing. The two companies announced Thursday that they had formed a team to explore the market for premium vertical take-off vehicles. Porsche Skift Take: The ultra wealthy are basically the only market for urban air vehicles at this point, so it makes sense Porsche […]

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Booking Holdings Withdraws From Google Vacation Rentals and 8 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Booking Holdings’s Agoda has withdrawn listings, such as the ClubHouse Residences Serviced Apartments in Singapore, from Google’s vacation rentals search. Agoda Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at Booking Holdings’ decision to pull back from Google’s vacation rentals business. Meanwhile, change is in the air for Airbnb Experiences, at least in […]

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Culture Trip Struggles to Justify Massive Investment

Kris Naudts, founder and CEO of Culture Trip. The company has taken more than $100 million in investment. Culture Trip Skift Take: We get it, startups often have to accept substantial losses in order to quickly expand a particular business. But given the size of Culture Trip’s revenue and the market in which it operates, […]

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SoftBank Invests in Brazil’s Buser: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A Buser intercity charter bus is shown here in a parking lot in Brazil’s capital city of São Paulo in early 2019. Buser is a startup that plays matchmaker with travelers looking for intercity travel in Brazil and charter companies that can respond on-demand. Buser Skift Take: By investing in bus booking company Buser, SoftBank […]

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What to do on Greenland’s west coast

The Arctic holds a certain mystique for intrepid travelers. The ultimate adventure, it can sound daunting and inaccessible, but nowadays you don’t have to be a legendary explorer like Amundsen and Rasmussen to see it. There might not be a direct flight from your nearest major city, but the legwork to get there is worth […]

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Cinque Terre hiking trail reopening

The five villages that comprise Italy’s Cinque Terre are famous for their colorful aesthetic and picturesque, cliffside location. One of their many charms is that cars are not permitted in the villages, meaning visitors often find themselves hiking between towns. Now, one of the most popular hiking trails is scheduled to reopen after being closed […]

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Skift Global Forum 2019: How American Express Is Improving Customer Experience with a Focus on Meaningful Moments

Skift Take: Consumers are so overwhelmed by choice these days, they sometimes simply give up on travel plans altogether. Brands like American Express Travel are hoping to end that lamentable state of affairs by combining old-school service with new technological tools that make the complete “customer journey” both high tech and high touch. — SkiftX […]

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Why Airlines Keep Creating Even More Types of Fares

Shown here is the “first lounge” of Qantas airlines at the main international airport in Sydney, Australia. Qantas offers fare types like Red eDeal, Flex, and Businesss as a way to squeeze out incremental margin on ticket prices and defend against market share incursions. Qantas Skift Take: Many airline executives insist that their so-called New […]