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Expedia Group Launches a Startup Accelerator To Foster Innovation on Its Platform

Expedia Group announced the launch of a startup accelerator to empower innovation on its business to business platform. Selected startups — and small businesses, as well — would get technology and business development support, mentorship from Expedia Group personnel as well as outside experts, a non-equity grant, and access to the Expedia Group platform and…

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Faroe Islands’ National Gallery Becomes the First to Launch Artificial Intelligence Exhibit

The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands launched an exhibition on Tuesday containing 40 images of the archipelago developed by artificial intelligence program Midjourney, becoming the first national gallery to feature a fully produced show created by artificial intelligence.  The exhibit, which runs from September 29 through October 30, reveals how prominent artists — such…

Skift Meetings

Is the Price Right for Your Next Meeting or Event?

As costs for just about everything skyrocket, what should meeting and event planners do? Is package pricing the way to go?

Is the Price Right for Your Next Meeting or Event?

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Standard Hotels Bets Big on Thailand

U.S. hotel operator Standard International is betting on Thailand’s post-pandemic tourism recovery. Bloomberg said Standard is hoping to power an expansion in Asia that will see it open properties in popular and less-explored destinations. Thai developer Sansiri is the majority owner of Standard. The plan is to open boutique hotels under the flagship brand ‘The Standard’ in the seaside resort…

Online Travel

Full Video: Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller at Skift Global Forum 2022

Many will argue that Barry Diller's views are contrarian, but he's indeed correct that many sustainability programs are puffery.

Full Video: Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller at Skift Global Forum 2022

Tourism

Russia Looks to India to Fill Tourism Void

Tourism to Russia has taken an enormous hit since the country's invasion of Ukraine. An economy hurt by sanctions doesn't help in its pitch to travelers either. But Russia sees opportunities with India's outbound travelers.

Russia Looks to India to Fill Tourism Void

Online Travel

Priceline Adds Experiences From TUI Musement

Experiences aren't a financial game-changer for most online travel companies, but they are a must-have regardless.

Priceline Adds Experiences From TUI Musement

Rail

Eurostar Is Brexit’s Latest Victim

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at Airbnb’s search updates, Hurricane Ian’s impact on meetings, and Brexit strangling Eurostar.

Eurostar Is Brexit’s Latest Victim

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Jumeirah Hires New CEO From Radisson’s Asia Operations

Jumeirah Group said Wednesday it hired Katerina Giannouka, a top executive for Radisson in Asia, as its new CEO. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Dubai Holding, a global investment firm owned by the ruler of Dubai for which Jumeirah is part of. Giannouka, who will be taking over as the CEO in December,…

Online Travel

Airbnb, Google and Agoda Hint at Upcoming Search and Fintech Features

Airbnb needs to provide more information to guests about hosts, and making them more searchable would be an improvement. The fear, though, is that such information would make it easier for guests to book directly with hosts and bypass Airbnb.

Airbnb, Google and Agoda Hint at Upcoming Search and Fintech Features

Airlines

Airlines Scrap Over 1,200 U.S. Flights in Wake of Hurricane Ian Making Landfall

Our thoughts are with all those endangered by Hurricane Ian.

Airlines Scrap Over 1,200 U.S. Flights in Wake of Hurricane Ian Making Landfall