Showing posts from April, 2020

What Is Going to Happen to All Postponed Events?

What Is Going to Happen to All Postponed Events? Join the editors of EventMB for Pivot to Virtual, a two-hour online summit on Wednesday, March 8, at 12 p.m. ET. GioRez / Adobe

Skift Take: The events industry is living through one of the most difficult times of its existence. The coronavirus outbreak has forced an incredible number of events to be postponed. But postponed until when? And what will happen in the fourth quarter of 2020? — Julius Solaris Read the Complete Story On Skift

What Nervous Travel Startup Investors and Founders Should Watch for Next

What Nervous Travel Startup Investors and Founders Should Watch for Next Plug and Play is a startup accelerator program in Sunnyvale, California, that provides startup founders with chances to pitch in front of audiences with corporate partners and venture capitalists. Plug and Play

Skift Take: From short-term rentals to tours and activities to corporate travel, here are pockets of the travel tech startup sector to follow closely in the weeks ahead. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

Wanderful free memberships 2020

Wanderful free memberships 2020 In trying times, nothing is more uplifting than watching communities rally. With self-quarantine precautions and government-mandated lockdowns increasing daily to address the coronavirus pandemic, individuals and institutions around the world have found creative ways to maintain some semblance of normalcy and calm, from personal trainers hosting rooftop workouts to the Metropolitan Opera in NYC live-streaming its performances.
Our friends at Wanderful, a leading network for female travelers, are doing their part as well. In light of the pandemic, Wanderful is offering 600 scholarships to foster community and connection among female travelers who may be homebound or are not in a financial position to join at present. The brand is giving away 500 free one-year memberships to the Wanderful network (typically $69/year), where women travelers can get acquainted, source travel tips, find meetups, and more. It’s also offering 100 free lifetime memberships to t…

Work from home tips from experts

Work from home tips from experts As the coronavirus forces millions of people to make drastic changes in their daily routine, everyone is starting to adapt to a new way of life. While most of these changes are unwelcome inconveniences, requiring us to distance ourselves from friends and family, it’s not all bad news. For many office workers around the country, working from home has become a new reality. To prevent the virus’s spread in the workplace, thousands of employees across a variety of industries are transitioning to remote work.
For those fortunate enough to work in a field that can be done remotely, this newfound freedom can be seen as one of the pandemic’s only silver linings. But before you get too excited at the idea of staying in bed and watching Netflix all day while you “work,” you should know that remote requires just as much, if not more, focus than an office environment. And for those not familiar with the lifestyle, it can be a tough adjustment.
Thankfully, here at

GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down

GetYourGuide, Omio, Other Travel Tech Startups Hunker Down A January 2020, photo of Johannes Reck, Managing Director and co-founder of GetYourGuide, sits in front of the company logo after a panel discussion on the occasion of the visit of Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier to GetYourGuide's office in Berlin. GetYourGuide is an online travel agency. Christoph Soeder / Bloomberg

Skift Take: GetYourGuide top boss Johannes Reck said coronavirus may inflict a "nuclear winter" on the travel industry this year but that it has the resources to withstand the blow. Omio, Flixbus, and other European travel startups also are hoping for the best. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

Venice canals clear amid coronavirus

Venice canals clear amid coronavirus There aren’t too many silver linings to the coronavirus pandemic, but in Venice, a lack of tourists and boat traffic along the canals is actually having some positive effects. All of Italy is under lockdown due to the coronavirus, meaning Venice, one of the country’s largest tourist attractions, is seeing far less foot and boat traffic. Locals have noticed a change in the city’s water quality. No longer murky, the city’s canal water is now much clearer, and you can even see small fish swimming around.
The Facebook group Venezia Pulita has become a repository for photos of the clear canals, with residents posting a series of optimistic comments.
One Venetian wrote, “What a marvel this Venice was; this virus brought something…beautiful.”
According to the mayor of Venice, “the water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom. It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sed…

Skift Webinar: Understanding Today’s Traveler — Closing the Industry’s Gap in Customer Knowledge

Skift Webinar: Understanding Today’s Traveler — Closing the Industry’s Gap in Customer Knowledge

Skift Take: It’s never been more critical for brands in the travel industry to understand their customers’ online habits. But getting a clear picture of these habits is difficult. In this webinar, Skift is joined by experts from Epsilon to discuss the growing potential of identity resolution to help solve this dilemma. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China Amadeus, the global provider of technology solutions for the travel industry, has its research and development center in near Nice, France at Sophia Antipolis. Amadeus is a bellwether for global air travel because it's the sector's largest technology provider. Cornavirus drove steep booking declines in February 2020. Amadeus

Skift Take: Amadeus, the world's largest provider of ticket distribution and operational software for airlines, is a bellwether for the sector. It had a weak February, but it expects a rebound later this year. The outlook for airlines, however, is less optimistic. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

Souqs in Middle East, North Africa

Souqs in Middle East, North Africa If it were possible to distill the essence of the Middle East and North Africa into a single experience, it would be a jaunt through the spice-ladened air of a busy souq. Souqs, collections of adjacent vendors often sprawled out over a plaza or multiple semi-enclosed streets, have served as the economic hubs of Middle Eastern metropolises since their first appearance, which some researchers contend was as early as 2,000 BC.
Despite the vast distances and imposing geographies separating them, the major cities in North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf have historically been connected by an extensive web of trade routes, such as the King’s Highway and the Silk Road. Merchants used this infrastructure to transport incense, spices, fruits, nuts, gold, glassware, jewelry, cloth, dyes, timber, perfumes, and more from city to city.
These same traders required spaces where they could display and sell their products, and it was out of this need that the souq…

Google Should Stop Bill Collection for First Quarter, 8 Travel Startups Demand

Google Should Stop Bill Collection for First Quarter, 8 Travel Startups Demand A file photo of tourists gawking at the Karl Marx statue in Trier, Germany. German travel startups called on Google to cease trying to collect on first quarter advertising bills. Michael Probst / Associated Press

Skift Take: Google has a huge travel advertising business. If Google's advertising partners had to hand out tons of refunds to consumers for coronavirus-tinged trips that never happened, shouldn't Google, with its deep pockets, share in the pain? — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

Travel Startups Still Managed to Raise $1.4 Billion During One Turbulent Quarter

Travel Startups Still Managed to Raise $1.4 Billion During One Turbulent Quarter Traveloka's head office in Jakarta. Source: Traveloka. Traveloka

Skift Take: Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, once said that it's "only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked." Some of the 57 travel startups worldwide that raised funding in the first months of the year may be about to reveal all. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

The best things to see in Detroit

The best things to see in Detroit The best possible way to learn, understand, and appreciate a new city is to dig into its history. And few cities in the United States have the historical chops of Detroit, which has been a major part of more US cultural movements than nearly any other city. Forget the things you thought you knew about Michigan’s largest city and go make new discoveries, partake in exciting historical moments, and explore beyond the guide books. This itinerary starts with destruction and finishes with an eye toward the future of one of the US’ greatest cities.
The abandoned Packard Auto Plant tells a story of Detroit’s reign as automotive capital.
Photo: Belikova Oksana/Shutterstock
The excitement was palpable in 1903 when the Packard Automotive Plant first opened its doors on East Grand Boulevard. Forty thousand workers streamed into the 3,500,000-square-foot plant to build the fiercely popular Packard vehicles and later, the Packard V-1650 Merlin engine which powered…

Where to celebrate Holi

Where to celebrate Holi Many of us know the Holi festival as that event where you gather in huge crowds to throw powdered dye at each other, but it’s much more than that. Holi or Spring Festival is an important Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring, and is celebrated all over the world. The festival’s roots lie in one Hindu legend that features the demon king Hiranyakashyap, who believed he was superior to all the gods. His son, Prahlad, rebelled and worshiped the god Vishnu, so Hiranyakashyap conspired to burn his son alive with the help of his sister Holika, supposedly immune to the flames. Prahlad was saved by Vishnu, while Holika burned to death. Holi, whose name comes from Holika, commemorates this legend by celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Although Holi originated in India, the festival has exploded in popularity and spread throughout the world. If you can’t make it to India for this colorful festival on March 9 and 10, here are some of the best places to ce…

Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn, the capital and largest city in the northern European country of Estonia, is an innovative and creative hub at the intersection of Northern and Eastern Europe. Here, ancient castles and cobblestone streets marry with repurposed warehouses and sleek, modern urban districts. The city of about 425,000 is a city of contrasts, both the best-preserved medieval city in the region and home to the third-most startups per capita on the continent. The capital’s unique beer culture, entrepreneurial energy, and fun repurposed neighborhoods make it one of the coolest cities in all of Europe. Here’s what to expect.
Baltic and Scandinavian influences are seen throughout the city.
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Estonia’s location on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea makes it part of the Baltic states along with Latvia and Lithuania. But the roots of its people and language are actually Finnish since the country is just across the Gulf of Finland from Helsin…