Ponant’s North American Push Highlights Growth in Expedition Cruising

Philip Plisson

Ponant’s Le Lapérouse ship. The company is making a big push in the North American market. Philip Plisson

Skift Take: With luxury travelers getting more adventurous it is not a surprise to see expedition cruising growing in popularity. French company Ponant is making a big push in North America, something that is likely going to benefit the sector as a whole.

— Laura Powell

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Norwegian CEO Warms Up to Potential Sale

A Norwegian aircraft. The carrier has attracted interest from other airline groups.

Skift Take: Norwegian’s CEO seems to be a lot more relaxed about the possibility of selling the company than he was just a few weeks ago. He may still think the airline can thrive independently but if the price is right we should expect a sale.

— Patrick Whyte

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Activities Tech Provider Peek Raises $23 Million

Peek was co-founded by CEO Ruzwana Bashir (right) and chief technology officer Oskar Bruening (left). The San Francisco-based software vendor for tour operators has raised a $23 million Series B funding round.

Skift Take: The latest investment comes just in time for Peek, a maker of enterprise software. Its rivals FareHarbor and Bokun have recently been snapped up by larger acquirers Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor. Clocks are ticking.

— Sean O’Neill

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Amazon Wades Into Travel as Hotels Turn To Alexa in Rooms

Marriott is conducting a pilot of Amazon’s Alexa for Hospitality product in 10 of its hotels in the U.S. this summer.

Skift Take: The next big questions hoteliers might soon be asking themselves: “Alexa, how do I make sure you recommend my hotels when they ask you where they want to stay?” Or, on the flip side: “Why did I invest so much into the modern-day version of the iPod docking station?”

— Deanna Ting

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How Nairobi-Based Ridesharing Service Little Competes With Uber in Africa

Nairobi-based ridesharing service Little is giving Uber a run for its money in some major African cities.

Skift Take: On the streets of Nairobi, homegrown ridesharing service Little is giving Uber a run for its money. And judging by the growth, innovative ideas are proving just as useful as deep pockets.

— Richard Holmes

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A Few Friendly Suggestions for Modern Hoteliers

Bill Couch

Among the tips our author offers hoteliers is to have crisp newspapers available for guests in the lobby, along with other paper products. Bill Couch

Skift Take: The state of hospitality is indeed strong, but there’s always room for a few nips, tucks and optimization. Here’s a few ideas that modern hoteliers can crib from.

— Colin Nagy

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