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Do you tip in Japan?

Different countries have different rules when it comes to tipping. Tipping can be customary, appreciated but not necessary, or lightly suggested. When it comes to tipping in Japan, however, there’s really just major one rule to remember: don’t. “Tipping is generally not necessary in Japan,” says Hiroshi Kawaguchi, general manager at the travel company Oku […]

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Nonstop US flights to New Zealand

Beautiful as New Zealand is, with all its fjords, wineries, and Middle Earth-y mountain scapes, is also, to put it bluntly, a pain to get to. At best you’d have to fly 11-14 hours across the Pacific Ocean to get to Auckland, and that’s after somehow finding your way to LA, Houston, or San Francisco. […]

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Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Passengers at a boarding gate at Frankfurt airport in a photo take in 2017. Lufthansa is one of the airlines distributing airfares via Duffel, a new travel technology distribution service. Duffel, a company that helps airlines sell their tickets, has quietly amassed more venture capital funding than all other next-generation airline distribution startups. Gregor Schlaeger […]

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The best winter train trips

Winter is one of those things best viewed from afar. Like, as long as you can just sit back with a hot cocoa and enjoy soft falling snow, it’s pretty darned charming. But once you have to go outside and shovel your car out from under a few feet of snow in a driving ice […]

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How to prepare for a trip to Everest

Everest Base Camp is a place nearly everyone in the outdoors community knows but most will never see. A rudimentary base on Mount Everest used by mountain climbers aspiring to scale the summit of Mount Everest, the base is also popular amongst hikers who want to catch a glimpse of the Himalayan wonder but aren’t […]

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Flying Taxi Tests in Singapore Reveal Rival Visions of the Future

A Volocopter flies in October 2019 with Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. Volocopter is one of a few flying taxi projects underway worldwide. Nikolay Kazakov / Bloomberg Skift Take: We’ll believe it when we see actual passengers in real flying taxis that authorities have approved as safe. — Sean O’Neill Read the […]

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Uber’s Under-the-Radar Event Services and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

An Uber driver picking up passenger. The company has a service for event planners. Who knew? Uber Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a look at the little-known Uber Events service. Meanwhile, Ctrip shareholders have officially changed the company’s name. — Jasmine Ganaishlal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Facebook Urged to Place Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative on Hold

U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters wants Facebook to solve a plethora of other issues before it entertains developing the Libra cryptocurrency. Bloomberg Skift Take: If the Facebook-inspired Libra cryptocurrency were ever to be one of the solutions travel and other companies might deploy to resolve global payment issues, they might want to […]

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Skift Global Forum 2019: How Travel Leaders are Rethinking Customer Experience

Skift Take: Travel leaders are optimizing the customer experience through more thoughtful, human-centered design and technologies across the traveler journey. Here are our top takeaways from Skift Global Forum 2019. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Ctrip Name Change to Trip.com Group Is Now Official

Ctrip hopes the name change to Trip.com Group will enable it to catch the attention of Chinese and other travelers outside of China. Bloomberg Skift Take: The name change to Trip.com Group is not a bad idea for Ctrip as it increasingly comes out of its shell and becomes a global force in online travel. […]