CEO/Founder, Skift (@skift). Founder, paidContent. Global Soul. Blog: rafat.org
RT @tomgara: Props to the NYT for its description of the scene: "Dressed in a summery get-up and sunglasses in the photo, he is carrying a…
RT @tomgara: The Esquire editor announcing he is leaving via this hilarious Instagram is one of the truly great moments in the history of j…
Goal: never *ever* end up in the “Technology VC” section on Twitter. Or in real life.
RT @skift: How Travelperk Builds Better Tools for European Business Travelers https://skift.com/2019/05/23/how-travelperk-builds-better-tools-for-european-business-travelers/
RT @Airline_Weekly: Online travel agencies have been late to the airline sector push to sell airfares and other products in more modern way…
RT @skift: Tencent Leads $250 Million Funding in Chinese Travel Site Mafengwo https://skift.com/2019/05/23/tencent-leads-250-million-funding-in-chinese-travel-site-mafengwo/
Around 450 attendees from all parts of the world, coming for our first ever Skift Forum Asia conference, we are delighted you’re choosing to spend time with us. See you all soon! #skiftforum https://twitter.com/skift/status/1131515113062752262
RT @2fayechiu: Folks in Singapore: final call to grab the handful of seats left for @Skift's first-ever Skift Forum Asia. Be there! https:/…
I am ready for the world’s longest flight tomorrow and on way back a week later, whatever comes my way.
My journey from India to Indiana and then onwards, discussed with @JamesShanahan, the Dean of IU Media School, in my recent visit to campus and @IUMediaSchool. Hugely enjoyed this conversation. https://twitter.com/IUBProvost/status/1131197258697990146
RT @DeborahKnudsen1: The Skift Design Manifesto: Elevating Design Across Travel https://skift.com/2019/05/22/the-skift-design-manifesto-elevating-design-across-travel/#click=https://t.co/YWaxbKvdNF via @Skift. SKIFT.... always def…
Let two well-known white guys who have *zero* sense of the lived reality of hundreds of millions of minorities in India tell the world why Modi (and by implication Hindutva) is the best political choice ahead for India. 1) http://time.com/5586417/hope-for-economic-reform-in-india/ and 2) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/why-india-needs-modi.html?partner=IFTTT
RT @skift: Cvent Hitches Up With Wedding Spot to Boost Venue Business https://skift.com/2019/05/22/cvent-hitches-up-with-wedding-spot-to-boost-venue-business/
Alabama, Iran, or Saudi Arabia? Where abortion laws are better for women https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-alabama-iran-or-saudi-arabia-we-checked-where-abortion-laws-are-better-for-women-1.7271623
RT @rafat: The Skift Design Manifesto: Elevating Design Across Travel https://skift.com/2019/05/22/the-skift-design-manifesto-elevating-design-across-travel/ << great work by @mattHeidkamp on coming up w…
RT @Accor: [#STRATEGY] @skift spoke with Christine Ravanat, @Accor's SVP Business-to-Owners, about the digital strategy Accor takes when it…
RT @lowrytom: You wouldn't believe what goes into a luxury hotel's logo. Read @dailysuitcase and find out. https://skift.com/2019/05/21/the-story-behind-the-color-choices-of-luxury-hotel-logos/
The Skift Design Manifesto: Elevating Design Across Travel https://skift.com/2019/05/22/the-skift-design-manifesto-elevating-design-across-travel/ via @Skift
RT @jessedee: Awesome to have such a strong @Skift presence in Asia now. Looking forward to the #SkiftForum on Monday. Great lineup. @rafat…
You lost me at the first line "For Medium CEO Ev Williams, building a profitable business isn’t an immediate concern." https://twitter.com/mediagazer/status/1131219544134045698
RT @sheivach: I'm at IMEX Frankfurt and spoke with many leaders who are candid about the challenges facing meetings and events as a sector…
The race is not for endorsements, but who has a better ground game in local areas and Caban's ground game in Queens where I live has been stellar, while Melinda Katz with name recognition been aloof. That is the difference, NYT's analysis falls flat here. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/nyregion/tiffany-caban-aoc-endorsement-queens-da.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
RT @IUBProvost: Rafat Ali came to study new media at IU in the heat of the dot-com boom. By his graduation, the bubble had burst. Entrepren…
Wow. https://skift.com/2019/05/22/wow-airs-shutdown-prompts-recession-fears-in-iceland/ via @Skift
RT @sheivach: Everyone in travel should read this https://twitter.com/skift/status/1131161239109767168
RT @adweak: BREAKING: Agency Social Team Meets To Figure Out Why One Facebook Ad Outperformed Another By .002%
The Skift Design Manifesto: Elevating Design Across Travel https://skift.com/2019/05/22/the-skift-design-manifesto-elevating-design-across-travel/ << great work by @mattHeidkamp on coming up with our view on how we look at design in creating the right experience in travel.
P.S.: Babouche: Moroccan slippers.
What happens when your Babouches get swapped with someone else’s at your local mosque....happens to the best of us.
Mexico Tours and Activities Operators Feel the Pain of Tourism Board Demise https://skift.com/2019/05/21/mexico-tours-and-activities-operators-feel-the-pain-of-tourism-board-demise/ via @Skift
RT @MAMcConnell: Performance of #hotels has been buoyed by increasing #Travel spend in recent years, but make no mistake, #alternativeaccom…
The Story Behind the Color Choices of Luxury Hotel Logos https://skift.com/2019/05/21/the-story-behind-the-color-choices-of-luxury-hotel-logos/ via @Skift
15 years ago with paidContent, I was the “token Internet/brown guy” brought to speak at media conferences. 15 years later, I am the token “online travel/brown guy with lots of opinions” brought to speak at travel conferences. Such is life living as a token, I’ve embraced it.
RT @axk: Not only a great move financially, but a rare occurrence of the right thing for the business also being in the consumer's favor: B…
And our series of reporting in Amazon’s move into travel continues, with @denschaal all over it. This time perspective on the Cleatrip partnership in India. https://twitter.com/skift/status/1130800536595312641
RT @denschaal: I saw my first Rakuten TV commercial on U.S. TV the other day on how to pronounce Rakuten. I'll be practicing that in the mi…
Just a tiny hint that @vacasarentals, one of the largest vacation rental companies, is headed for a possible IPO. It has thousands of employees and has publicly raised $207mn to date: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190521005267/en/Vacasa-Appoints-OpenTable-CEO-Matt-Roberts-Board
RT @sean_oneill: How Sabre Is Tackling Its Airline Tech Challenges https://buff.ly/2QdcIuY via @skift
RT @skift: Skift Forum Asia is next week! Register for tickets while you still can! http://bit.ly/2VRO4Gc
RT @denschaal: Consumers hate gotcha resort fees. Awkward for online travel agencies because they have to explain to their customers why th…
RT @denschaal: BREAKING: Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees for First Time in Major Shakeup for Hotel Revenue https://t.co/PnGXDmy…
Big news in online travel world: Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shakeup for Hotel Revenue https://skift.com/2019/05/20/booking-to-charge-commission-on-resort-fees-in-major-shakeup-for-hotel-revenue/ via @Skift
RT @cliffordlevy: Just in: Mayor de Blasio orders an inquiry in response to the groundbreaking NYT investigation into exploitative loans in…
Cape Town Hopes Muslim Travelers Can Stave Off Winter Woes https://skift.com/2019/05/20/cape-town-hopes-muslim-travelers-can-stave-off-winter-woes/#click=https://t.co/aJ2sxtSDHQ via @Skift
Awesome Judges lineup for our inaugural Skift Design Awards, really a dream team of eclectic creative business pioneers. Now you *really* should enter! https://skift.com/awards/
RT @skift: Goldman Is in Talks to Buy B&B Hotels for $2.2 Billion https://skift.com/2019/05/20/goldman-is-in-talks-to-buy-bb-hotels-for-2-2-billion/
Skift hires Quartz’s Spinks to cover global tourism from London https://talkingbiznews.com/1/skift-hires-quartzs-spinks-to-cover-global-tourism-from-london
Real reporting vs sensationalism. Read through. https://skift.com/2019/05/20/netherlands-will-continue-tourism-promotion-despite-media-reports/
RT @p_brady: About this time next week, I'll be on stage at Skift Forum Asia, interviewing Brett Tollman of The Travel Corporation about su…
RT @rojospinks: Stay tuned for coverage from me on all sorts: cruise lines + Airbnb + mass tourism/gentrification + tourism marketing + the…
The New Vice is a glorified production studio. Not that there is anything wrong it it, minus that small thing about the billion valuation and money raised. Via @jtramsay https://twitter.com/nytmedia/status/1129041182854668288?s=21
 
So true. Anyone in that game painfully figured out that the value of their IP was only to be realized by selling it to TV networks who continued to have a tight stranglehold on the viable monetizatioj paths. Sad. Actually funny.
 
 
 
 
 
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