Canada’s largest school board is not happy with President Donald Trump’s travel bans. The Toronto District School Board said Thursday it was stopping any new school trips to the United States until further notice, citing “uncertainty” around who may be impacted by the U.S. president’s executive orders. After federal judges blocked Trump’s first executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as Syrian refugees, he issued a seco...
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...
During Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination hearing this week, senators pressed him on his views on issues relevant to President Trump's ban on travel from six Muslim countries, which has thus far been blocked by courts. Gorsuch rightly declined to say what he thought about the pending litigation, which seems destined to come before the Supreme Court. And when questioned on principles that might be relevant to the case, he replied in ways that seem facially reassuring, but avoided giving anything awa...
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 ...
NEW DELHI: The Indian government has not imposed restrictions on its nationals travelling to the Gulf countries but it is actively monitoring the situation from security and economic perspectives. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has informed the Lok Sabha that the conflict strife and economic meltdown in the region has been a cause of concern and the government is taking necessary measures for the safety and welfare of Indian nationals in the government.  “Indian nationals ar...
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...
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...
Emirates will let travelers check banned electronics after security and just before boarding on flights affected by the electronics ban. An Emirates A380s cabin is pictured here. EmiratesSkift Take: This is a smart move to counteract the disruptive effects of the electronic bans. Expect other Gulf carriers to follow suit. — Andrew SheivachmanEmirates aims to let passengers take their laptops past security gates at Dubai International Airport and collect the devices only before boarding as the ...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. You’ve been the envy of your circle of friends for months. They’ve followed you on social media, lived vicariously through your travels and most likely called you a lucky so-and-so when they got together on Friday evenings after a long work day. They’re looking forward to seeing you, but a lot of time has passed. On the other hand, you’ve been gallivanting around the world, living without the baggage that comes with being in an en...
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Skift Take: Innovation used to be hard to come by in corporate travel. Today, these startups are doing the hard work of moving the industry forward -- and major players are paying attention. — Andrew Sheivachman Editor’s Note: A year ago, Skift expanded its coverage of corporate travel with more frequent stories and a dedicated newsletter. The Corporate Travel Innovation Report focuses on the future of corporate travel by examining the big fault lines of disruption for travel managers an...
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 taxis in Manchester, England. Turkish will be affected by both the U.S. and EU electronics bans. Alec Wilson / FlickrSkift Take: A ban on large electronic devices may be necessary to keep travelers safe, but many in the travel community are not happy with how U.S. and UK authorities announced the new policy. Could we see some tweaks to the rules in the near future? — Brian SumersWith the United States and the UK enacting sweeping restrictions on the electronic d...
A new app aims to make planning a trip as simple as telling your iPhone what you'd like and getting options tailored to your preferences. Hellogbye is both an iOS app and website designed for simpler travel planning. The post Like a Siri for travel, HelloGbye is a new streamlined travel-planning app appeared first on Digital Trends.
THREE months into his presidency, Donald Trump has engendered little but despair among among travel-industry types. Restrictions announced today on taking laptops and iPads aboard airlines originating from eight Middle Eastern countries are probably reasonable (see Gulliver). But an ill-considered attempt in January to ban travellers from seven mostly-Muslim countries seems to have affected visitor numbers. When that order was shot down by the courts, and a revised one proposed, it turned out th...
The U.S. outbound travel looks strong for this year. Pictured is David Scowsill, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, speaking to CNBC today about U.S. tourism outlook in 2017. CNBCSkift Take: Many U.S. destinations will have a harder time this year convincing international travelers that they're affordable and welcoming. But for U.S. travelers, much of the world is their oyster thanks to a continued strong dollar. — Dan PeltierPresident Trump’s travel ban ha...
An example of content marketing by Hyatt for its Unbound Collection. Skift Take: With content marketing's move into the mainstream the next step for companies to master is measuring its performance and success. — Dave MontaliLast week we launched the latest report in our Skift Research Reports service, The State of Content Marketing in Travel 2017. Below is an excerpt from our Skift Research Report. Get the full report here to stay ahead of this trend. Nearly as important as finding the...
A promotional image of a Level aircraft, the new low-cost entry from IAG. IAGSkift Take: Those who use Avios as a frequent flyer currency will soon have a new budget carrier on which to earn and spend miles. Sadly, Oneworld partners can't say the same. — Grant MartinWhat to Know Now IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, and a handful of other airlines, launched Level, a new budget carrier last week to compete with the likes of Norwegian and Wow. And the best news is that pa...
Five startups are enabling travelers to make monthly payments for trips bought from household-name travel brands. Pictured are vacationers at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, in Hawaii. Classic VacationsSkift Take: In the past 9 months, a group of relatively low-profile startups have begun signing up brands like Expedia and United Vacations to the concept of layaway plans for buying travel. — Sean O'NeillA wave of companies have gained traction in enabling travelers to pay for the...
In this March 17, 2017 photo, a shopper pushes a cart down a quiet Lotte Mart in Beijing, China. Retail giant Lotte Group, South Korea’s No. 5 business group, took the brunt of the backlash after agreeing to let one of its golf courses in southeastern South Korea be a site for deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system. Ng Han Guan / Associated PressSkift Take: Cruise lines, travel agencies and airlines are getting caught up in the diplomatic tiff and public outcry in China rela...
In this March 15, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee. He condemned the travel ban ruling in Hawaii as an over-reach. Mark Humphrey / Associated PressSkift Take: Did the Hawaii judge block the entire travel ban 2.0 or just parts of it? The Trump administration is trying to figure out if it can still temporarily block all refugees, regardless of their religion or citizenship. — Dennis SchaalThe government is asking a federal judge to clarify his order b...