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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upgrades Disappear as Airlines Make Smaller Improvements — Skift Business Traveler

Although you may be stuck in the middle seat — hey, look — there's free in-flight entertainment.

Revamped Amsterdam Neighborhood Lures Hipsters and Tourists

The redevelopment of Amsterdam Noord reflects a trend in Europe and beyond where districts are turning old warehouses into housing and opening hipster attractions to tap into growing urbanization.

Interview: UNWTO Secretary-General on the World-Changing Power of Travel

If you want to understand what's happening right now in global tourism, the first person you should listen to is the UNWTO's Taleb Rifai.

Miami's Wynwood Neighborhood Is Taking a Brutal Tourism Hit Due to Zika Fears

Maybe a silver lining to Zika's toll on Wynwood is that the district is getting a huge amount of global press that could pay off when everything is back to normal.

5 New Travel Startups That Make the Connection Between Mapping and Travel

Maps are more important than ever as location-aware travel technology depends on them and travelers around the world venture into newer and more localized places that aren’t always familiar tour stops.

Event Planners Try to Understand Mobile Devices and Security

The meetings and event industry desperately needs to break down all of its silos so members in all of the different segments have access to a greater breadth of industry insight at a global level.

Business Travelers Value Passenger Experience While Travel Managers Prefer Discounts

Travelers and their travel managers don't always agree on the most important preferences when flying. But most travel managers, for some reason, don't use formal tools to receive traveler feedback. Perhaps the gaps could be narrowed with more engagement between travel managers and travelers.
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