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Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

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Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week Expedia Vice Chairman Peter Kern sent a memo to employees this week to encourage them to help in away travel partners hurt by coronavirus. Expedia

Skift Take: In digital news this week, Expedia Vice Chair Peter Kern sought to rally his workforce by saying it was time to focus and help the company's travel partners suffering in the wake of coronavirus. Plus, Trip.com Group said it would likely see a 50 percent drop in first quarter revenue but offered some hope that travel was slowly recovering in China. — Faye Chiu Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/expedia-brass-rallies-workers-and-10-other-top-digital-stories-this-week/

Bimble Raises $1.5 Million for Trip Inspiration: Travel Startup Funding This Week

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Bimble Raises $1.5 Million for Trip Inspiration: Travel Startup Funding This Week Roastery Toastery is a cafe tucked into a wall next to the entrance to the Chalk Farm Tube station in northwestern London. It's an example of a place that new travel startup Bimble considers worth sharing with other travelers. Roastery Toastery

Skift Take: This week, travel startups Bimble and Pruvo announced they had raised more than $1 million each in funding, despite the coronavirus crisis. Keep hope alive. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/bimble-raises-1-5-million-for-trip-inspiration-travel-startup-funding-this-week/

Free grocery delivery in Jersey City

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Free grocery delivery in Jersey City As reports flood in from across the country of toilet-paper shortages and grocery store shelves picked clean, it’s difficult to not feel disheartened by inconsiderate neighbors. Food shortages created by panicked shoppers add more unnecessary stress for those who are especially vulnerable, like elderly, pregnant, and immunocompromised people. And then there are the people who simply can’t afford to stock up the one month’s worth of food they’ll need during shelter-in-place edicts, like service industry workers and freelancers who face shorter work hours, layoffs, and closed restaurants and bars that were once a source of their entire income. But there’s hope for humanity yet: Community-led, grassroots efforts are providing much-needed staples from fresh produce to toilet paper for people in need. One such effort is taking place just a short distance from my home, in Jersey City.
David Trotta founded Whealth Kitchen in Jersey City’s Journal Square…

Exercising outside while distancing

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Exercising outside while distancing If ever there were a time to be a couch potato without feeling guilty or unproductive, it’s now. But staying home doing nothing gets old pretty quick for those used to being active outdoors, particularly when spring has sprung and the sun is shining over your favorite local trail. But is it safe to walk, hike, bike, or go for a run during a global pandemic?
While specific situations vary, the general answer is a cautious “yes.” Simply stepping outside into the fresh air is not going to expose you or anyone else to COVID-19. That said, the two words that will inevitably come to define this period in popular culture — “social distancing” — should remain at the core of every step you take. Here we answer your questions on bicycling, walking, hiking, and running, during the age of coronavirus.
Can I go for a bike ride?
Photo: Oleksiy Rezin/Shutterstock
Hear us loud and clear on this one: Get on your bikes and ride. Bicycling is the best form of transport…

The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

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The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

Skift Take: There are so many technologies that can and will impact the travel industry, but it's hard to poke through all the hype and see what will fundamentally change the future of travel. We investigate four technology buckets with the largest potential. — Wouter Geerts Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/the-impact-of-emerging-tech-in-travel-post-coronavirus-new-skift-research/

Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

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Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May An image from a recent Lastminute.com campaign. The parent company is optimistic about a bounceback in demand later this year. LM Holding

Skift Take: Given that we still don't know enough about the coronavirus, is this a case of overoptimism? Whatever happens, an online player like Lastminute.com is probably more resilient than asset-heavy travel companies. — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/lastminute-com-optimistic-bookings-will-start-returning-by-may/

COVID-19 Immediate Response Action Plan for Destinations

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COVID-19 Immediate Response Action Plan for Destinations






By Paige Rowett

Published on March 19, 2020









































COVID-19 is probably the most historically significant economic crisis of our lifetime.
As service providers to our beloved tourism industry, day by day, we are increasingly shattered and shocked at how this crisis is impacting our friends and colleagues, and we are truly empathising for you all.
We've decided that the best thing we can do to help our industry, is to try and pull together some strategies and actions for Destinations (this article), Visitor Centres (coming soon) and Operators to consider as you all work your way through these unchartered waters, in a hope that maybe some of our ideas help to keep you and your teams focussed and united in your approach to fighting this invisible war.
If you are a destination, visitor centre or operator, we encourage you to share your ideas and your actions wit…

COVID-19 Immediate Response Action Plan for Tourism Businesses

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COVID-19 Immediate Response Action Plan for Tourism Businesses






By Rebecca White

Published on March 19, 2020

































Our hearts are breaking for our Industry at the moment.
On top of Australia's bushfires at the start of the year COVID-19 is bringing the tourism industry to its knees, not just here in Australia, but globally.
While there's plenty of official information from Government and National/State Tourism Organisations on support for industry, here are 3 practical things to help guide your focus right now, and then 4 more ideas to think about working on in the coming months.
If you work in Destination Marketing, we have a COVID-19 Immediate Response Action Plan for you too. As for Visitor Servicing staff, stay tuned, as we are pulling an article together for you as well in the coming days.

Priority 1: Pivot and Innovate your Experience
If you haven't already, how can you adapt and innovate your to…

Charities aiding hospitality workers

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Charities aiding hospitality workers For many people around the country, this COVID-19 era is dark times. Restaurants and bars nationwide have laid off hourly employees. Hotels, airlines, buses, and other travel-related fields are surely not far behind. And only time will tell how far-reaching this month’s economic consequences may be.
Organizations all over the nation are trying to help people who have lost their jobs or are otherwise struggling financially, and all are accepting donations. That means you, assuming you’re cash-secure, can give assistance to your service industry friends. And if you find yourself in a difficult situation, you can find a resource that may be able to help below.
We’ll update this list as new organizations and relief programs emerge.
USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance
The United States Bartenders Guild has launched one of the biggest relief campaigns in the nation through its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. It will pay grants to bartenders and th…

Booking.com Gets OK to Trademark Its Name in a U.S. Supreme Court Win

Booking.com Gets OK to Trademark Its Name in a U.S. Supreme Court Win The signage outside Booking.com headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2020 ruled 8-1 that Booking.com has the right to trademark its brand. Luca Conti / Flickr.com

Skift Take: There's no need to tear down the signage. Booking.com can stick with the brand name that it's been using for about 14 years. The U.S. Supreme Court decision gives the company more protection against pesky startups that might try to tread on its brand. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/booking-com-gets-ok-to-trademark-its-name-in-a-u-s-supreme-court-win/