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Egypt Air is one of many carriers that might lose some of its customers on U.S. routes because of the electronics ban. Associated PressSkift Take: An expert quoted in this story asks an interesting question. Since the Gulf carriers are disappointed with the electronics ban, might one of them cancel an order for Boeing planes in favor of Airbus aircraft? — Brian SumersA new security measure banning many electronic devices on flights from 10 mostly Muslim countries is leading travelers to recon...
The head of an airline pilot's union is saying American Airlines left more than 20,000 standby passengers at the gate when the airline was able to accommodate them. Nam Y. Huh / Associated PressSkift Take: General rule of thumb, given the fact that airlines tend to be more interested in meeting their bottom lines or getting on-time departure records: Try not to fly standby. — Deanna TingThe head of the pilots’ union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby ...
Chinese tourism and leisure company Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co. is buying a 21 percent stake in SeaWorld, making it the largest shareholder. In this photo, killer whales leap into the air at SeaWorld Orlando. SeaWorld OrlandoSkift Take: SeaWorld Entertainment has been making all kinds of moves to turn the company's performance around, but results have not paid off yet. Will this new long-term investment help? — Hannah SampsonChina’s Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co. acquired a 21 percent equit...
Canned tomatoes and sauces Acidic foods leach out the BPA more than other foods, which means canned tomatoes and tomato sauces tend to test higher in BPA content according to Consumer Reports. Alternate packaging, such as tomato sauces in glass jars or chopped tomatoes in boxed containers lessen the amount of BPA content. For example, the brands Pomi and Cirio package their chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce in boxes. Many marinara varieties are available in glass jars. Tomato paste, although not...
Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger, shown in a file photo, extended his contract to lead the entertainment company through July 2, 2019. Mark J. Terrill / Associated PressSkift Take: This announcement that Bob Iger is sticking around at Disney an extra year is hardly surprising; he changed his previous tune and said he would be willing to extend his contract earlier this year. With a little extra time to play with, when will the company name his successor? — Hannah SampsonBob Ige...
This week’s featured link: Dear Virgin America – Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog Richard Branson is a sad panda. His weepy goodbye to Virgin America is book-ended with digs at Alaska. That’s pretty crappy since Alaska just made him a whole lot richer. He acts like there was nothing he could do to save Virgin America from this fate, and he’s right. He was able to keep the airline afloat while it lost hundreds of millions of dollars for years. So when the time came...
When it comes to style, the ladies in Dubai always know how to pull all the stops. Whether they are hitting the malls or heading to the bi-annual fashion platform, during Fashion Forward Dubai you can expect only them in the trendiest of wares. From embellished hijabs to covetable Yeezy heels and the quintessential embroidered denim jacket, we spotted some of the most diverse looks. On the lookout for a spring wardrobe rehaul? Go through our gallery to get inspired by some red-hot flared trouse...
Outlander (2014 – present) Is it romance? Science fiction? Adventure? Outlander refuses to limit itself to one genre. Whatever it is, we can’t get enough of this sweeping epic. And a certain Scottish man-candy isn’t the only reason. Clair Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a former British World War II nurse, is mysteriously transported to 1743 Scotland. There she meets red-headed hunk Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and gets involved in the ongoing war for Scottish independence from the British. ...
The catwalk’s thirst for adornment extends to the eyes for spring/summer 2017. Tricked-out, bejewelled spectacles lend a nerdish charm to the decorative trend, but early adopters are adding high-brow polish to their look with sleek wire frames. Vogue picks the ten best pairs of spectacles to buy now. 1/10 ...
At the recently concluded Amazon India Fashion Week, I noticed several boys dressed in women’s clothing—I wouldn’t dare to assign them as transgender—after all, their wardrobe choices don’t define what they identify as. In a city like Delhi where women still find themselves unable to move around without fearing the worst, it was something out of the ordinary to see these boys dressed the way they were, casually going about their own business. On the other hand, to think that respecting...
As all thing nineties, the ear cuff has also made a major comeback on the red-carpet and the street. Wear it with a princess-like gown to give your look an edge or simply go all-out rock ’n’ roll with a band tee and cropped jeans. We love how Eva Green gave her glittering gold dress a finishing touch with multiple dainty diamond rings on her ear at the Golden Globes while the timeless Isabelle Huppert picked a Repossi all-over ear cuff with her red lips and a beaded gown. Experiment with col...
Hot, humid weather and your hair will never be friends—it’s a fact of life you should accept, the sooner the better. You already know all about the sweat, dirt and grime that clings onto your hair and scalp till your next wash. Besides the obvious, your hair also collects shampoo and conditioner residue—yes, it stays on your hair even after you rigorously wash it off. Enter: deep-cleansing shampoos. When faced with all this summer heat, the logical thing you’d do is walk into a store (or...
Laura Burlington looked down at the long sweep of intricate white lace laid out for display at Chatsworth, the grandest of English stately homes, and saw the baby christening gown as the start of it all. When she married into the Cavendish family and had her first child, her mother-in-law, Amanda, the present Duchess of Devonshire, suggested she explore the box room. And there, among the elegant storage, was a parcel containing the christening gown, passed down the generations. The christening ...
Leaves will paint the trees green, golden rays will shine high and strong, chirpy birds will spread their wings and flowers will bloom bright and colourful—they’re all welcoming spring in their freshest form. Us, beauty fiends, can do so too, with our take on spring/summer make-up trends seen on the runway. Here’s some looks we can’t wait to try: 1/18 ...
Many residents in Bruges, Belgium support tourism but challenges remain. Pictured are tourists taking boat rides in a canal in Bruges. Brigitte Mackscheidt / FlickrSkift Take: Residents of Bruges support tourism and feel that it's economically necessary but they also feel that it negatively impacts their quality of life. — Dan PeltierAs more destinations around the world wake up to the reality of overtourism, Bruges, Belgium went straight to the people most affected by millions of tour...
Economy seats are pictured on a Delta plane. Legacy airlines are dropping prices and providing fewer perks to travelers in some sections to compete with low-cost carriers. DeltaSkift Take: Our experts weigh in on why you should think twice before booking the very cheapest airfare these days. — Hannah Sampson Flying these days sounds like an incredible bargain. Low-cost is a key focus, not just for the Ryanairs and Spirit Airlines of the world that are historically known for cheap flights and l...
Ella, a marketing manager at Chinese search engine Baidu, is also a member of the company's basketball team. Baidu MobileSkift Take: Most Western travel brands are still in their infancy when it comes to understanding China's digital platforms and marketing norms. — Jeremy KressmannChina. It’s a country that’s on most travel executives’ minds these days as they seek to target what will soon be the world’s largest consumer market. But wanting to compete in China and...
Juicy Pear From now on, we’ll be picking out all Juicy Pear jelly beans from the pack. Juicy Pear sets the bar for the fruit-flavored Jelly Belly. (Take note, medicinal-tasting Green Apple). Juicy Pear actually tastes like a juicy pear, and it’s our #1 Jelly Belly flavor. Of course, this is entirely subjective. Enough Jelly Belly beans were eaten in the last year to circle the earth more than five times, so that’s a lot of people with different tastes. Absolutely no judgment he...
The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in Washington has ruled his election as U.S. President doesn’t violate the terms of his agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property. Alex Brandon / Associated PressSkift Take: So, remind me again what the definition of a government official is? — Deanna TingThe federal agency overseeing Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in Washington ruled Thursday that his inauguration as preside...
The detention of Stayzilla chief executive Yogendra Vasupal comes as startups face tougher funding conditions. StayzillaSkift Take: Stayzilla, a short-term rental marketplace, closed last month. A company has had the CEO jailed, claiming the man is liable for an unpaid bill. If intimidation is overriding bankruptcy law, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a “Startup India” drive, should speak out. — Sean O'NeillEntrepreneurs around the world pay a price when their ventures fail, fro...
Royal Jordanian took to Twitter to encourage travelers to book more U.S. trips in case further restrictions are imposed. Pictured is a Royal Jordanian jet. John Taggart / FlickrSkift Take: Middle East carriers stand in opposition to the U.S. laptop ban but they're also making it an opportunity to highlight their superior in-flight experiences even if laptops aren't part of them. — Dan PeltierJordan’s national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new...
Your ingredients are the stars Recent winner of Food Network Star, host of The Kitchen and executive chef at Pork & Mindy’s in Chicago, Jeff Mauro knows a thing or two about making a masterpiece between two pieces of bread. Nicknamed “The Sandwich King,” Mauro says before you even think about putting anything together, take time to consider the value of what you’re buying from your local grocery store or specialty shop. “You can have all the right pieces to put ...
American Airlines has been using new Boeing 787s to open new routes in Asia. But it is still smaller in the region than United and American, so buying a stake in China Southern could help it expand. American AirlinesSkift Take: Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have partners in China. American does not, and its OneWorld alliance does not even have a mainland Chinese airline in it. American must play catch-up, and buying a small stake in China Southern is one way to do that. — Brian Su...
A promotional photo from Freebird, one of our top startups in the corporate travel space. FreebirdSkift Take: We've been tracking disruption in corporate travel for the past year, and this week we're happy to deliver a roundup of some of the most innovative new companies shaking up the industry. — Hannah SampsonThe Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report is our weekly newsletter focused on the future of corporate travel, the big fault lines of disruption for travel managers and ...
The moment you read that heading, you immediately blurt out ‘Miami beach’! Well, yes that is one of the best places to go to when in Florida. However, there are many more activities you can do and places that you can visit that will literally blow your mind away! Here is a list of five such exciting things you can do in the sunshine state: 1.Theme Parks Image Courtesy: http://hbr.co.ke/20039/ Orlando is your place for a fun-filled day with the family. The Universal Studios Florida, Universal...
The Forest of Dean is a fascinating region in Britain. It is located amidst the Vale of Leadon, the Wye Valley and the Severn Vale. Also referred to as the ‘queen of forests’, it is one of the best-known tourist attractions in the country. It was first designated by the Saxons for the purpose of hunting. Later on, as more people became aware of its potential, it became the hunting reserve of kings for several centuries. The Norman kings loved to hunt wild boar and deer and they intro...
The new automated security checkpoints at United Airline's Terminal C at Newark Airport. United AirlinesSkift Take: Passengers traveling through Newark's Terminal C have some more efficient security lines to look forward to thanks to a new integration from United Airlines. — Grant MartinAdvanced screening lanes at security checkpoints have been around for years at airports such as London Heathrow, but only recently have they started expanding into the United States — largely driven by...
An EasyJet aircraft. The airline is one of the carrier’s affected by the ban. Mark Lennihan / Associated PressSkift Take: The fact that Grayling’s comments came on the same day as a terrorist attack on London underlines the threat posed. Nevertheless, so many questions remain unanswered: why are the destinations covered different to the U.S.? What about those traveling with hand luggage only? What about insurance? For the moment, there is plenty of confusion. — Patrick WhyteChris Grayling...
Elements of President Trump's travel bans will now be essentially enforced by the U.S. Department of State. A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer interviews people entering the United States from Mexico at the border crossing in San Ysidro, California, U.S. on October 14, 2016. Mike Blake / ReutersSkift Take: U.S. embassies are now tasked to single out specific groups for extreme vetting. These enhanced screenings will slow down the pace of new visas being issued, creating a situation simila...
European nations will meet Monday to decide the fate of a possible new border wall between Greece and Hungary. In this February 8, 2016 file photo, Macedonian Army soldiers erect a second fence on the border line with Greece, near the southern Macedonia's town of Gevgelija. Boris Grdanoski / Associated PressSkift Take: Right-wing leaders are chipping away at German chancellor Angela Merkel's effort to preserve open borders in the European Union. — Andrew SheivachmanSo where should the n...
Passengers push luggage at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin airport in March 2016. European airports may soon loosen restrictions on carry-on liquids. Czarek Sokolowski / Associated PressSkift Take: The ban on liquids greater than 100 milliliters has been around so long most travelers are used to it, and many have developed strategies to ease the burden. Still, passengers will probably cheer if the ban is curbed. It'll make it easier to pack toiletries. — Brian SumersWhile travelers face the...
Artist-turned designer Payal Khandwala has deftly carved out a niche in the Indian fashion industry and its one defined by her signature architectural silhouettes, rich Indian textiles and beautiful jewel tones. As her eponymous label celebrates its five-year anniversary, Khandwala tells Vogue about everything from her proudest moment to the one thing that has continued to inspire her over the years. 1/17 ...
Boom Technologies believes it could sell hundreds of the subscale supersonic aircraft. Boom TechnologiesSkift Take: Boom will get a supersonic jet to test, Ixigo will get help with its Indian expansion, and Eventerprise will expand beyond South Africa — all thanks to fresh rounds of funding. — Sean O'NeillEach week we create a roundup of travel startups that have received or announced funding that week. The total amount raised this week was more than $86 million. Earlier this week we noted t...
Leggings are officially back on our radar this season. Thanks to the likes of Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, this figure-hugging trouser has re-entered the sartorial sphere as a luxury wardrobe staple. As the comfortable trouser transcends athleisure, shop Vogue‘s best leggings – and whatever you do don’t wear them to the gym. 1/5 ...
The long-awaited branding decision has been made, and as expected, Alaska will be retiring the Virgin America brand in the next couple of years. I had the chance to speak with Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer and EVP Andrew Harrison as well as VP of Marketing Sangita Woerner yesterday about the changes that come along with this decision. The airline has made a conscious move to chart its own course with an old-school strategy and buck competitive trends, especially in the transcon marke...
If you crave for something sparkling, the jewellery investment to make this season is a pair of knockout danglers. Pair with a dress for a cocktail evening or with your lehenga for the sangeet. Don’t restrict yourself just to white diamonds—try coloured gemstones to add a hint of colour to your look. If you are looking for something more festive, yellow gold is a popular choice. Here our edit of the coolest danglers to buy right now. ...
Calling all desk disciples: whether you’re an office angel or freelance from home, your desk ends up being the place you spend most of your time at every day, which is more than a good enough reason to invest a little time, imagination, and money into making it as comfortable and inspiring as possible. Forget about boring magazine files and throwback plastic organisers, we’re thinking scented candles, fresh flowers, and the chicest of desk ornaments. Take inspiration below. ...
Oliver Heckmann, who oversees Google's travel product, will discuss progress in Europe and the changing ways consumers are using Google on desktop and mobile. SkiftSkift Take: Companies often chase and vie to sign on influencers for marketing purposes, but all can agree that Google is one of the most powerful forces in travel. Despite Facebook's inroads, Google travel products are ascending and Heckmann will shed light on their trajectory. — Dennis Schaal On April 4 in London, hundreds o...
An Android Wear watch app from Domino's that allows customers to track the progress of their delivery. Domino'sSkift Take: Domino's most impressive achievement was innovating at a point where many other companies simply whither away — despite their size. — Kristen Hawley Editor’s Note: In September we announced that Skift was expanding into food and drink with the addition of the Chefs+Tech weekly newsletter. We see this as a natural expansion of the Skift umbrella, bringi...
Existing user reviews on Expedia's primary hotel booking site. Skift Take: Today Expedia's computers are analyzing guest reviews. We predict that someday its computers will use the reviews to create software-generated, Zagat-style hotel summaries, for its search results. — Sean O'NeillIt sounds like a test question that you might be asked when were 16 years old and in school: Eighty hotel guests say the free breakfast is “fine,” nine say it’s “awful”, one sa...
Bill Kimpton, who pioneered the boutique hotel movement in the U.S. was known by colleagues as a visionary boss. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Skift Take: If there were ever someone who truly influenced and mentored an entire generation of hotel leaders, Bill Kimpton would be at the very top of that list. — Deanna TingEarlier this week we published a 60,000 word account of the early days and evolution of the boutique hotel industry in the United States, the Complete Oral History of Boutiq...
Alaska Airlines is planning to retrofit its cabins beginning next year. Alaska AirlinesSkift Take: The big surprise would have been if Alaska Airlines kept the Virgin America brand. This isn't a big deal, and it's nice that Alaska will be upgrading many of its products in the next three years. New Wi-Fi can't come soon enough. — Brian SumersAlaska Airlines said Wednesday it will retire Virgin America’s brand sometime in 2019, a decision that may disappoint the upstart c...
Travelers are shown bicycling in Barcelona in this promotional photo. Tour and activity company GoBe, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises, officially launched Wednesday. GoBeSkift Take: As our Megatrend foretold, Skift expected there would be a lot of news around tours and activities this year, but even we are surprised by all the action so early in the year. Will a long background in cruise vacations help Royal Caribbean Cruises' latest venture, GoBe, break out from the pack? — Han...
China Southern, an Airbus A380 operator, may be taking an investment from American Airlines. Jean-Philippe Arles / ReutersSkift Take: American Airlines has less strength in Asia than its two main competitors, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. And American is a tiny player in China. This investment, if completed, could help American bulk up its presence in an important region. — Brian SumersAmerican Airlines Group Inc., the world’s largest carrier, is in advanced talks to acquire a stak...