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New Series: Skift Country Profiles: Chinese Online Travel Market in 2013

<i>Editor’s Note: We are starting a new regular series on Skift, “Skift Country Profiles“, which are primers on the online travel market in countries</i> …

New Skift Report: Content Marketing Trends In the Travel Industry

Last month we launched our first subscription service, the <b>twice-monthly Global Trends Report</b> series, focusing on trends across various sectors of …

Hyatt Turns to Twitter to Hear What Guests Want During Their Stay

Twitter is becoming an invaluable platform for travel companies looking to help their customers. But Hyatt Hotels turned the tables and asked for …

Google tests hotel search campaign with lots of photos

Google is making your quest to find a hotel so much more picturesque.<p>In a typical Google user-experience experiment, a subset of users may enter …

Infographic: Middle East is the new aviation hub, data show

Saudi Arabia and the UAE rose as the leading countries in the region in terms of air traffic volume, with Qatar demonstrating the strongest growth. …

MileWise Could Be The Next Tiny Startup Marissa Mayer Buys

MileWise is a travel rewards site that raised $1.5 million in early 2011 from several VCs like Atlas Venture, Founder Collective and a long list of big-name angel investors like TechStars cofounder David Cohen; Mitch Kapor (Twilio, Uber, Bit.ly) and Khosla Ventures' Keith Rabois.<p>MileWise helps …

The Middle East’s new energy export: sunshine

Last month, Mauritania flipped the switch on a 15-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant. As solar power stations go, that’s small stuff. But for the west African nation of 3.4 million people, the project built by Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar will supply 10% of its entire electricity …

Renewable Energy

A Local's Guide To The Kentucky Derby

Derby fever is well underway here in Louisville, so I want to share some last-minute tidbits that can save you some trouble and make this an even more memorable trip.<p>Know What You Can—and Can't—Take to the Track<p>In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Churchill Downs officials are battening down …

Worst Tourist Traps: 10 Of The World's Most Stressful Destinations (And How To Avoid Them)

The Tower of London. Times Square. The Taj Mahal. Between crowds, queues and inflated admission costs, hitting the world's biggest "can't-miss" sights can easily become the most stressful part of any vacation. The actual experience of these attractions rarely lives up to the hype (it's hard to …

Plane Etiquette 101

Flying can feel like torture.<p>The bone-dry cabin air is recycled. Spaces are ridiculously cramped. Passengers don’t always have ready access to food, water, and restrooms. It’s a fight waiting to happen—and happen it does.<p>Flash points include seat territory disputes, scuffles over luggage space, and …