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Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

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Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe The U.S. Department of Justice may mount an antitrust investigation looking into Google's business practices. Associated Press

Skift Take: The momentum is certainly building for a renewed look into Google's business practices as they relate to antitrust issues. As part of that, a wide swath of travel businesses would welcome such a probe. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/google-may-face-new-u-s-justice-department-antitrust-probe/

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

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AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz Aireen Omar, AirAsia's group deputy chief executive. Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier is in talks with partners to build an online travel sales service beyond offering airplane tickets. Ian Teh / Bloomberg

Skift Take: At Skift Forum Asia, AirAsia's deputy CEO said she was confident that becoming an online travel reseller was "very doable." The largest budget carrier in Asia certainly has the data and innovativeness to pull it off. But skepticism abounds among industry vets. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/airasia-wants-to-build-an-e-commerce-app-that-will-overtake-its-airline-biz/

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe The U.S. Department of Justice may mount an antitrust investigation looking into Google's business practices. Associated Press

Skift Take: The momentum is certainly building for a renewed look into Google's business practices as they relate to antitrust issues. As part of that, a wide swath of travel businesses would welcome such a probe. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/google-may-face-new-u-s-justice-department-antitrust-probe/

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz Aireen Omar, AirAsia's group deputy chief executive. Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier is in talks with partners to build an online travel sales service beyond offering airplane tickets. Ian Teh / Bloomberg

Skift Take: At Skift Forum Asia, AirAsia's deputy CEO said she was confident that becoming an online travel reseller was "very doable." The largest budget carrier in Asia certainly has the data and innovativeness to pull it off. But skepticism abounds among industry vets. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/airasia-wants-to-build-an-e-commerce-app-that-will-overtake-its-airline-biz/

Best bike tours to take this summer

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Best bike tours to take this summer When I was a kid, my dad used to say, “We don’t take vacations. We take adventures.” Sounds bold, but back in those days it meant spending your whole “vacation” on a bicycle, sweaty and sore, instead of relaxing like literally every other family on the block. Now, active vacations are as common as beachside all-inclusives, and among the most popular are cycling tours through breathtaking scenery.
Almost every scenic spot in the world has bike tours now, which means the options can be a little overwhelming. To get you started down the right… path (thanks, Dad) here are seven summer bike tours that will be the leg-cramping vacation of your life.
1. Camino de Santiago, Spain
Photo: lunamarina/Shutterstock
Europe’s midlife-crisis hiking equivalent of the Pacific Coast Trail is the lengthy Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimage trails leading to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Cycling the Camino, however, is far more efficient, which you’ll discover as…

Bumble hiring a travel dater

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Bumble hiring a travel dater Usually, spending time on Tinder or Bumble is an ill-advised distraction from your workday. Now, it could actually be part of your daily job duties. Bumble is launching a search to find someone who wants to network, make friends, and go on dates around the world. The “Global Connector Bee,” as the position is called, will be an all-expenses-paid job wherein the successful applicant gets to travel the world, meet new people, and share their experiences through blog and social media posts.
Chelsea Maclin, Bumbles’ Vice President of Marketing, said in a press release, “We are a global company on a mission to connect great people in a kind and empowering way. As our company and community of users continues to grow, it’s so important for us to advance our on-the-ground research about the global dating culture so we can optimize our product offerings for new communities and future generations.”
Applying for the position is easy. All you have to do is open Bumbl…

Best bike tours to take this summer

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Best bike tours to take this summer When I was a kid, my dad used to say, “We don’t take vacations. We take adventures.” Sounds bold, but back in those days it meant spending your whole “vacation” on a bicycle, sweaty and sore, instead of relaxing like literally every other family on the block. Now, active vacations are as common as beachside all-inclusives, and among the most popular are cycling tours through breathtaking scenery.
Almost every scenic spot in the world has bike tours now, which means the options can be a little overwhelming. To get you started down the right… path (thanks, Dad) here are seven summer bike tours that will be the leg-cramping vacation of your life.
1. Camino de Santiago, Spain
Photo: lunamarina/Shutterstock
Europe’s midlife-crisis hiking equivalent of the Pacific Coast Trail is the lengthy Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimage trails leading to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Cycling the Camino, however, is far more efficient, which you’ll discover as…

Bumble hiring a travel dater

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Bumble hiring a travel dater Usually, spending time on Tinder or Bumble is an ill-advised distraction from your workday. Now, it could actually be part of your daily job duties. Bumble is launching a search to find someone who wants to network, make friends, and go on dates around the world. The “Global Connector Bee,” as the position is called, will be an all-expenses-paid job wherein the successful applicant gets to travel the world, meet new people, and share their experiences through blog and social media posts.
Chelsea Maclin, Bumbles’ Vice President of Marketing, said in a press release, “We are a global company on a mission to connect great people in a kind and empowering way. As our company and community of users continues to grow, it’s so important for us to advance our on-the-ground research about the global dating culture so we can optimize our product offerings for new communities and future generations.”
Applying for the position is easy. All you have to do is open Bumbl…

June 25 is official ‘Bourdain Day’

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June 25 is official ‘Bourdain Day’ Two longtime friends and colleagues of Anthony Bourdain have started a campaign to declare June 25 — Bourdain’s birthday — “Bourdain Day.” To honor and memorialize their late friend, who died last year on June 8, chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres are encouraging Bourdain’s fans and friends to post their favorite memories using the #BourdainDay hashtag.
Ripert said, “June is a very important month. On June 25, we are all going to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend and beloved Anthony Bourdain.”


IMPORTANT! JUNE 25th #BOURDAINDAY Celebrating the Life, Legacy & Birthday of our Dear Friend Anthony! Wherever U are & whoever UR with, join @chefjoseandres I & share your tributes & memories using #BourdainDay & wish Anthony Peace & Happy Birthday! RT/Spread the word! CHEERS! 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/Sw28hDupfw
— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) May 30, 2019

And “Bourdain Day” isn’t just a hashtag. The Culinary Institute of America has annou…

What to do in Khon Kaen, Thailand

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What to do in Khon Kaen, Thailand The country ofThailand says it received 38 million visitors in 2018, setting a new record for annual arrivals. That said, less-visited areas remain. One of those is Khon Kaen in the northwest, which is still a city that few Western tourists have explored. It appears, though, that the winds may be shifting.
Khon Kaen has experienced a plethora of new developments in the past few years and is poised to welcome all the foodies, shoppers, and nightlife hounds that flock to Thailand’s major cities — without, as of yet, all the crowds.
Khon Kaen is also a perfect weekend trip from Bangkok or Chiang Mai that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for a culturally rich and friendly city, Khon Kaen is a must when you’re in Thailand. Here’s how to get the most out of your time.
Khon Kaen starts to welcome visitors.
Photo: apiguide/Shutterstock
Khon Kaen is located about 300 miles northeast of Bangkok. Air travel is the easiest way to get there, with flights fro…

June 25 is official ‘Bourdain Day’

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June 25 is official ‘Bourdain Day’ Two longtime friends and colleagues of Anthony Bourdain have started a campaign to declare June 25 — Bourdain’s birthday — “Bourdain Day.” To honor and memorialize their late friend, who died last year on June 8, chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres are encouraging Bourdain’s fans and friends to post their favorite memories using the #BourdainDay hashtag.
Ripert said, “June is a very important month. On June 25, we are all going to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend and beloved Anthony Bourdain.”


IMPORTANT! JUNE 25th #BOURDAINDAY Celebrating the Life, Legacy & Birthday of our Dear Friend Anthony! Wherever U are & whoever UR with, join @chefjoseandres I & share your tributes & memories using #BourdainDay & wish Anthony Peace & Happy Birthday! RT/Spread the word! CHEERS! 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/Sw28hDupfw
— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) May 30, 2019

And “Bourdain Day” isn’t just a hashtag. The Culinary Institute of America has annou…

What to do in Khon Kaen, Thailand

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What to do in Khon Kaen, Thailand The country ofThailand says it received 38 million visitors in 2018, setting a new record for annual arrivals. That said, less-visited areas remain. One of those is Khon Kaen in the northwest, which is still a city that few Western tourists have explored. It appears, though, that the winds may be shifting.
Khon Kaen has experienced a plethora of new developments in the past few years and is poised to welcome all the foodies, shoppers, and nightlife hounds that flock to Thailand’s major cities — without, as of yet, all the crowds.
Khon Kaen is also a perfect weekend trip from Bangkok or Chiang Mai that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for a culturally rich and friendly city, Khon Kaen is a must when you’re in Thailand. Here’s how to get the most out of your time.
Khon Kaen starts to welcome visitors.
Photo: apiguide/Shutterstock
Khon Kaen is located about 300 miles northeast of Bangkok. Air travel is the easiest way to get there, with flights fro…

Travelport Finally Goes Private This Week in $4.4 Billion Deal

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Travelport Finally Goes Private This Week in $4.4 Billion Deal Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson spoke at Skift Tech Forum in June 2018. The company is set to go private in a deal pending regulatory approval. Skift

Skift Take: By the end of this week, Travelport is expected to leave the public markets in a $4.4 billion leveraged buyout. After months of waiting, the company can finally move on to its next steps. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/travelport-finally-goes-private-this-week-in-4-4-billion-deal/

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

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Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round An airline passenger uses Iberia's customer service chatbot, Ibot, which is powered by Mindsay, a technology vendor that has raised a Series A round of funding. Iberia

Skift Take: The funding of French startup Mindsay may be small news. But interviews with its customers Iberia and CWT suggest that a second wave of chatbot technology has stopped frustrating travelers with as many misunderstandings as the earlier tech did. That's a big deal for the sector. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/accor-backs-chatbot-tech-builder-mindsay-in-10-million-funding-round/

Travelport Finally Goes Private This Week in $4.4 Billion Deal

Travelport Finally Goes Private This Week in $4.4 Billion Deal Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson spoke at Skift Tech Forum in June 2018. The company is set to go private in a deal pending regulatory approval. Skift

Skift Take: By the end of this week, Travelport is expected to leave the public markets in a $4.4 billion leveraged buyout. After months of waiting, the company can finally move on to its next steps. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/travelport-finally-goes-private-this-week-in-4-4-billion-deal/