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The Engineer Who Created Boeing’s 747 Is Dead at 95

Without Joe Sutter, the 747 as we know it would almost surely not exist. He will be missed.

Lack of Traveler Spending and Strong Dollar Hurts Retailer Abercrombie in Q2

If you think that any travel slump in the U.S. because of the strong dollar would just impact airlines, hotels and car rentals than guess again because clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch pins its second quarter weakness on lack of traveler spending and the strength of the U.S. dollar.

Connected Hospitality: Data Drives Actionable Moments for Travel Ops and Marketing

Explore with us where the travel industry is headed, technologically. The time has come to look at what the future holds for hospitality, and every travel vertical, as an industry that uses digital tools to better reach customers — and re-envisions itself along the way.

Google Challenging Uber With New Waze-Powered Ride-Share Service

Google-owned Waze is a compelling navigation app, but whether Google can turn it into the foundation for a winning ride-share service will have to be tested in the marketplace over the next few months and years. Google is a latecomer to the field, although the sector is likely to undergo more disruption and a revolution in years to come.

U.S. Airline Pilots Face Ever-Present Random Testing for Alcohol

Pilots rarely fly under the influence of alcohol, but when they do, it often makes the news. That makes these incidents seem more common than they are.

Skift Podcast: Why Business Owners Struggle to Take Time Off

Taking time off can be a business investment with proven results, such as increased creativity and productivity — so why do so many Americans struggle to take the vacation they’ve earned?

American Express GBT Acquires KDS in Push to Accelerate Online Booking

While this acquisition was surely already in the works, it will be interesting to see if former Carlson Wagonlit Travel head Doug Anderson's tenure at American Express GBT leads to even more industry consolidation.

Voice-Activated Hotel Rooms Are Now a Thing at Aloft

While this seems like a novel idea, we have to ask: Is this what hotel guests really want, or need, when it comes to in-room technology?

Las Vegas Bets on Chinese Tourism to Continue Its Winning Streak

Money talks, and increasingly, more tourists from China have the money to spend on travel to far-flung destinations like Las Vegas. While it's nice to see U.S. cities serving markets that have, historically, been underserved, it's a pity that they only pay attention to those groups when it comes to dollar signs. Also, it's not fair to lump in Chinese Americans as being part of the same demographic, or being the same type of traveler as those from China.

Affluent Travelers and the Power of Hotel Loyalty in 4 Charts

Rich travelers, or those with multi-million annual incomes and assets, are getting richer and they're also getting more loyal and becoming stronger advocates for hotels. They also expect value from loyalty programs like every other kind of traveler and choose programs accordingly.

The Changing Face of Accelerators, the Travel Industry and Startup Opportunities

Artificial intelligence and messaging are the trends of the day that many startup accelerator programs are interested in but there is also plenty of opportunity for aviation-oriented startups, in particular, to swoop in and command the attention they deserve -- and airlines desperately need their help.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Reinventing Hostels as a Lifestyle Experience

Generator Hostels is cleaving out an entirely new sub-segment in hospitality. The brand is geared toward young-minded people who want an affordable price point in major gateway cities like most hostels offer, but they also want a certain level of modern design and programming more typical of lifestyle hotel chains.

Hotel Investor, Groups360 and More in Today's Travel Startup Watch

These are the newest travel startups from AngelList vying for travelers’ interest and investors’ attention.

Chinese Airlines Still Report Massive Foreign-Exchange Losses

Most of China's airlines receive substantial government help, so they can weather any foreign-exchange related losses.

A Stronger Yen Is a Major Concern for a Luxury Tokyo Hotelier

Fluctuations in currency can often have a bigger impact than we might think on a destination's tourism business. The bigger question, though, centers on what the city is doing to address its shortage of hotels, especially in view of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City's Largest Casino, Will Close and Kill 3,000 Jobs

Carl Icahn could be bluffing about closing the Trump Taj Mahal Casino, seeking to bring the property's union to its knees. But closing it wouldn't be fun and games for the hotel's workforce or for an Atlantic City almost on life support.

The UN's Aviation Arm Is Trying to Regulate Airline Emissions

With airlines already responsible for 2 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, it is time for the industry take action to support the environment.

Theme Parks in Orlando Are Battling Zika Fears with Bug Spray

Zika is not being locally transmitted in Orlando, but theme park visitors who aren't familiar with Florida's geography might be worried by news reports about the virus. Providing free bug spray is a good way to address those concerns. Also important: behind-the-scenes mosquito control efforts.

United Poaches American Airlines President Scott Kirby

Scott Kirby, known for his strong financial acumen, could be the savior United's investors have been seeking.

In the Battle for Seattle Flyers, Delta Is Practically Giving Away Elite Status

Delta is once more doubling down in its campaign to woo Seattle customers.
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