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AirAsia CEO Takes On New Website Role and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

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AirAsia CEO Takes On New Website Role and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes (pictured right) will take on the new role of CEO of AirAsia.com as he looks to make the airline over into an online travel powerhouse. World Travel & Tourism Council / WikiMedia Commons

Skift Take: This week in digital news, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes took on the new role of CEO of AirAsia.com, while hotel tech startup Mews raises $33 million in a bid to challenge Oracle Hospitality. Meanwhile, ridehailing service Grab is taking advantage of Uber's exit from Vietnam. — Tom Lowry Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/airasia-ceo-takes-on-new-website-role-and-8-other-digital-trends-this-week/

AirAsia CEO Takes On New Website Role and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

AirAsia CEO Takes On New Website Role and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes (pictured right) will take on the new role of CEO of AirAsia.com as he looks to make the airline over into an online travel powerhouse. World Travel & Tourism Council / WikiMedia Commons

Skift Take: This week in digital news, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes took on the new role of CEO of AirAsia.com, while hotel tech startup Mews raises $33 million in a bid to challenge Oracle Hospitality. Meanwhile, ridehailing service Grab is taking advantage of Uber's exit from Vietnam. — Tom Lowry Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/airasia-ceo-takes-on-new-website-role-and-8-other-digital-trends-this-week/

Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years

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Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years Google Maps rolled out an augmented reality feature. A traveler tries it in Vietnam. Justanothersimian / YouTube

Skift Take: When you're Google, you can take more than a decade to hone a product such as Google Maps and attract more than a billion users without having to worry that it isn't making lots of money. But the monetization of Google Maps will soon start in earnest, and travel marketers, for the most part, will hustle to get in. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/google-maps-poised-to-be-an-11-billion-business-in-4-years/

Smartair Raises $6 Million for Dynamic Packaging Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

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Smartair Raises $6 Million for Dynamic Packaging Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week Israel's Jaffa Port, with Tel Aviv's hotels in the background. Smartair, an Israeli travel startup, has raised a $6 million round of funding.
Dana Friedlander / Israel's Ministry of Tourism

Skift Take: This week travel startups announced more than $46 million in funding. Of note, two of the companies, Smartair and Tastemakers, are making bets on Africa's online travel growth. Meanwhile, online travel company Hostelworld has invested in Tipi, a software provider for hostel managers. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/smartair-raises-6-million-for-dynamic-packaging-tech-travel-startup-funding-this-week/

Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years

Google Maps Poised to Be an $11 Billion Business in 4 Years Google Maps rolled out an augmented reality feature. A traveler tries it in Vietnam. Justanothersimian / YouTube

Skift Take: When you're Google, you can take more than a decade to hone a product such as Google Maps and attract more than a billion users without having to worry that it isn't making lots of money. But the monetization of Google Maps will soon start in earnest, and travel marketers, for the most part, will hustle to get in. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/google-maps-poised-to-be-an-11-billion-business-in-4-years/

Smartair Raises $6 Million for Dynamic Packaging Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Smartair Raises $6 Million for Dynamic Packaging Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week Israel's Jaffa Port, with Tel Aviv's hotels in the background. Smartair, an Israeli travel startup, has raised a $6 million round of funding.
Dana Friedlander / Israel's Ministry of Tourism

Skift Take: This week travel startups announced more than $46 million in funding. Of note, two of the companies, Smartair and Tastemakers, are making bets on Africa's online travel growth. Meanwhile, online travel company Hostelworld has invested in Tipi, a software provider for hostel managers. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/smartair-raises-6-million-for-dynamic-packaging-tech-travel-startup-funding-this-week/

Six Flags Jersey Devil Coaster video

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Six Flags Jersey Devil Coaster video If you think your roller coaster resume is impressive, you’re about to have a new heavy hitter to add to your list. Any self-respecting coaster aficionado needs to have ridden the tallest, fastest, longest in the world, and that’s exactly what the Jersey Devil Coaster will be in the summer of 2020. Coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, the single-track coaster will be 13 stories high, 3,000 feet long, with speeds topping out at 58 mph. It will feature four trains with 12 seats each, drops as low as 87 degrees, and inclines as high as 130 feet. There will also be special elements like two inversions with a 180 degree stall and zero-gravity roll.
In an official statement, Six Flags Great Adventure said, “We are thrilled to expand our unrivaled collection [of roller coasters] with the Jersey Devil Coaster. Jersey Devil folklore has been a source of fear and intrigue here in the Pine Barrens for more than 200 years, and this iconic piece …

Texas man to visit every Starbucks

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Texas man to visit every Starbucks Everyone has an obsession. Maybe it’s craft beer, or videos of kittens, or in the case of a 47-year-old man from Houston, Texas, named Winter (born Rafael Antonio Lozano Jr.), it’s Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks, home of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Unicorn Frappuccino, beverages that transcended their humble origins and became cultural touchstones. There is perhaps nothing more equally familiar to every city-dwelling person on Earth than that green sign stamped with a mermaid, and Winter wants to visit every single one on the planet. It’s a goal he’s already spent $150,000 on trying to accomplish.
So far Winter — Indiana Jones of the corporate coffee world — has visited 15,000 Starbucks locations (12,000 stores in the US and Canada, the other 3,000 in 55 locations around the world). His most recent visit was to a Starbucks in Lima, Peru. He has deemed the Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan, the most beautiful. His second favorite is in Paris, where he says…

Six Flags Jersey Devil Coaster video

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Six Flags Jersey Devil Coaster video If you think your roller coaster resume is impressive, you’re about to have a new heavy hitter to add to your list. Any self-respecting coaster aficionado needs to have ridden the tallest, fastest, longest in the world, and that’s exactly what the Jersey Devil Coaster will be in the summer of 2020. Coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, the single-track coaster will be 13 stories high, 3,000 feet long, with speeds topping out at 58 mph. It will feature four trains with 12 seats each, drops as low as 87 degrees, and inclines as high as 130 feet. There will also be special elements like two inversions with a 180 degree stall and zero-gravity roll.
In an official statement, Six Flags Great Adventure said, “We are thrilled to expand our unrivaled collection [of roller coasters] with the Jersey Devil Coaster. Jersey Devil folklore has been a source of fear and intrigue here in the Pine Barrens for more than 200 years, and this iconic piece …

Texas man to visit every Starbucks

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Texas man to visit every Starbucks Everyone has an obsession. Maybe it’s craft beer, or videos of kittens, or in the case of a 47-year-old man from Houston, Texas, named Winter (born Rafael Antonio Lozano Jr.), it’s Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks, home of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Unicorn Frappuccino, beverages that transcended their humble origins and became cultural touchstones. There is perhaps nothing more equally familiar to every city-dwelling person on Earth than that green sign stamped with a mermaid, and Winter wants to visit every single one on the planet. It’s a goal he’s already spent $150,000 on trying to accomplish.
So far Winter — Indiana Jones of the corporate coffee world — has visited 15,000 Starbucks locations (12,000 stores in the US and Canada, the other 3,000 in 55 locations around the world). His most recent visit was to a Starbucks in Lima, Peru. He has deemed the Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan, the most beautiful. His second favorite is in Paris, where he says…

TravelSky’s Performance Offers a View of China’s Slowing Air Travel Market

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TravelSky’s Performance Offers a View of China’s Slowing Air Travel Market China Eastern Airlines is one of many domestic Chinese airlines to rely on TravelSky, a tech vendor, for its computing needs. TravelSky reported its first-half 2019 earnings on Thursday. China Eastern Airlines

Skift Take: New data from China's travel tech giant TravelSky shows that the country's pace of air travel growth slowed in the first half of the year. But the country remained the fastest-growing region in the world in terms of aviation and traveling. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/travelskys-performance-offers-a-view-of-chinas-slowing-air-travel-market/

Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Urges Investors to Stick Around

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Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Urges Investors to Stick Around An aircraft in the sky. eDreams is diversifying its product offering. tatsuo yamaguchi / Flickr

Skift Take: EDreams believes it has developed a long-term recipe for success but needs time to realize those gains. If it can convince enough people to sign up — and stay signed up — to its subscription service it might prove it is on to something. — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/online-travel-agency-edreams-odigeo-urges-investors-to-stick-around/

TravelSky’s Performance Offers a View of China’s Slowing Air Travel Market

TravelSky’s Performance Offers a View of China’s Slowing Air Travel Market China Eastern Airlines is one of many domestic Chinese airlines to rely on TravelSky, a tech vendor, for its computing needs. TravelSky reported its first-half 2019 earnings on Thursday. China Eastern Airlines

Skift Take: New data from China's travel tech giant TravelSky shows that the country's pace of air travel growth slowed in the first half of the year. But the country remained the fastest-growing region in the world in terms of aviation and traveling. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/travelskys-performance-offers-a-view-of-chinas-slowing-air-travel-market/

Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Urges Investors to Stick Around

Online Travel Agency eDreams Odigeo Urges Investors to Stick Around An aircraft in the sky. eDreams is diversifying its product offering. tatsuo yamaguchi / Flickr

Skift Take: EDreams believes it has developed a long-term recipe for success but needs time to realize those gains. If it can convince enough people to sign up — and stay signed up — to its subscription service it might prove it is on to something. — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/online-travel-agency-edreams-odigeo-urges-investors-to-stick-around/

Bottomless Mimosas are a scam

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Bottomless Mimosas are a scam The siren song of the bottomless Mimosa is a strong one. Champagne! Until you can’t drink it anymore! It’s like you’re a Roman god minus the vengefulness. All you’re missing is a nymph feeding you grapes. And in some parts of Miami, you can actually do that too.
But much like $20 of free play at a casino or any trip you get from a timeshare, bottomless Mimosas aren’t done for your benefit. Like the Bernie Madoff of brunch, they bilk you out of your hard-earned dollars with the promise of infinite drunken riches and offer nothing in return but a head-pounding hangover.
The menu makes it look like a fantastic deal: You can order one Mimosa, and it’ll cost you $6. Or you can shell out somewhere between $10-$20, and you get them BOTTOMLESS! There is literally no bottom to your glass! The Mimosas never end!
Seems like a no-brainer, right? But let’s break it down for a second.
The bottles of Champagne used for your bottomless bubbly drinks might cost the restaura…

Dr Seuss Experience in US and Canada

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Dr Seuss Experience in US and Canada If you’ve ever fantasized about what life would be like in a Dr. Seuss book, then you only need to dream on a little bit longer. The Dr. Seuss Experience is taking to the road with a multi-city tour, starting on October 26 in Toronto.
The exhibit is designed to be an immersive experience through nine different worlds in the Seuss universe. Visitors will feel like they’re one of the characters as they head through a balloon-filled maze from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, listen for Whos in a field of clovers from Horton Hears a Who!, and walk under Truffula Trees from The Lorax.
Photo: The Dr. Seuss Experience/Facebook
In addition to living your favorite childhood stories, there’ll be plenty of Instagram opportunities and character meet and greets within the 15,000-square-foot space.
The experience has apparently been a few years in the making, only now coming to fruition. “I wanted to explore the books and bring the characters to life in a new and engag…

Bottomless Mimosas are a scam

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Bottomless Mimosas are a scam The siren song of the bottomless Mimosa is a strong one. Champagne! Until you can’t drink it anymore! It’s like you’re a Roman god minus the vengefulness. All you’re missing is a nymph feeding you grapes. And in some parts of Miami, you can actually do that too.
But much like $20 of free play at a casino or any trip you get from a timeshare, bottomless Mimosas aren’t done for your benefit. Like the Bernie Madoff of brunch, they bilk you out of your hard-earned dollars with the promise of infinite drunken riches and offer nothing in return but a head-pounding hangover.
The menu makes it look like a fantastic deal: You can order one Mimosa, and it’ll cost you $6. Or you can shell out somewhere between $10-$20, and you get them BOTTOMLESS! There is literally no bottom to your glass! The Mimosas never end!
Seems like a no-brainer, right? But let’s break it down for a second.
The bottles of Champagne used for your bottomless bubbly drinks might cost the restaura…

Dr Seuss Experience in US and Canada

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Dr Seuss Experience in US and Canada If you’ve ever fantasized about what life would be like in a Dr. Seuss book, then you only need to dream on a little bit longer. The Dr. Seuss Experience is taking to the road with a multi-city tour, starting on October 26 in Toronto.
The exhibit is designed to be an immersive experience through nine different worlds in the Seuss universe. Visitors will feel like they’re one of the characters as they head through a balloon-filled maze from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, listen for Whos in a field of clovers from Horton Hears a Who!, and walk under Truffula Trees from The Lorax.
Photo: The Dr. Seuss Experience/Facebook
In addition to living your favorite childhood stories, there’ll be plenty of Instagram opportunities and character meet and greets within the 15,000-square-foot space.
The experience has apparently been a few years in the making, only now coming to fruition. “I wanted to explore the books and bring the characters to life in a new and engag…

Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

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Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

Skift Take: When it comes to implementing and adopting the New Distribution Capability standards for airline retailing, there needs to be a strong focus on enabling scalability, across the entire retailing, distribution, and fulfillment process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/scalability-is-key-to-driving-adoption-of-new-distribution-capability-standards/

Grab to Pump $500 Million Into Vietnam as More Rivals Enter After Uber’s Exit

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Grab to Pump $500 Million Into Vietnam as More Rivals Enter After Uber’s Exit You've got parcel. Grab Vietnam. Grab Singapore

Skift Take: After Indonesia, Grab’s next biggest battleground is Vietnam. No surprise there, it's a rapidly growing economy with all the ingredients for a ridehailing explosion. Naturally Grab is not alone — rivals are aplenty. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/grab-to-pump-500-million-into-vietnam-as-more-rivals-enter-after-ubers-exit/

Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

Skift Take: When it comes to implementing and adopting the New Distribution Capability standards for airline retailing, there needs to be a strong focus on enabling scalability, across the entire retailing, distribution, and fulfillment process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/scalability-is-key-to-driving-adoption-of-new-distribution-capability-standards/

Grab to Pump $500 Million Into Vietnam as More Rivals Enter After Uber’s Exit

Grab to Pump $500 Million Into Vietnam as More Rivals Enter After Uber’s Exit You've got parcel. Grab Vietnam. Grab Singapore

Skift Take: After Indonesia, Grab’s next biggest battleground is Vietnam. No surprise there, it's a rapidly growing economy with all the ingredients for a ridehailing explosion. Naturally Grab is not alone — rivals are aplenty. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/grab-to-pump-500-million-into-vietnam-as-more-rivals-enter-after-ubers-exit/

Cities to visit for fall outdoors

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Cities to visit for fall outdoors Fall is about a lot more than foliage and football. The weather isn’t quite drop-dead freezing in the more seasonal parts of the country, and since kids are in school and tourism has slowed, it’s prime time to enjoy the outdoors. To figure out which places, exactly, are best for enjoying the brisk fall weather, the bus-and-train travel mavens at Wanderu took a look at stuff like bike rentals, urban hikes, fall temperatures, and an aggregate parks score. And though the results aren’t necessarily shocking, they will give you some inspiration for stuff to do both home and away this fall.
25. Columbus, Ohio
Photo: f11photo/Shutterstock
The biggest city in Ohio is often overlooked for any of its outdoor attractions, mostly because the majority of Americans think the only outdoor event here involves the Buckeyes. But beyond OSU football, Columbus has a wonderful collection of city parks, where stuff like the outdoor play area at Blendon Woods and an obstacle…