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U.S. Warns Tourists Following Mexico Shootings

U.S. Warns Tourists Following Mexico Shootings

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press

Continued shootings in Mexico resort towns is not good news for the country's tourism industry during its period of highest demand.

7 hours ago

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Expedia Tries to Read Traveler Minds by Wiring Up Volunteers

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

Last summer, Expedia opened a user-experience lab in London, similar to the one at its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. While a reporter researches a trip, a computer tracks their eye movement and electromyography sensors track their facial reactions.

10 hours ago

Trump Supporters and Protesters Help Fill Washington D.C. Hotel Rooms This Weekend

Trump Supporters and Protesters Help Fill Washington D.C. Hotel Rooms This Weekend

Hui-yong Yu, Bloomberg

If it wasn't for the protesters flooding in from around the nation, this inauguration would likely be a dud for Washington, D.C. area hotels.

11 hours ago

United Signals It Wants a Better Deal with Reservation Middlemen

United Signals It Wants a Better Deal with Reservation Middlemen

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If United were Facebook friends with reservation systems like Sabre and Amadeus, it would have just changed its relationship status from "Friends" to "It's complicated." New President Scott Kirby is worried how those companies will display its new basic economy product to travel agents and (indirectly) to ticket buyers.

14 hours ago

President Obama’s U.S. Travel Legacy After Eight Years as Tourist-in-Chief

President Obama’s U.S. Travel Legacy After Eight Years as Tourist-in-Chief

Dan Peltier, Skift

Few other presidents have done as much for the U.S. travel industry as President Obama and by many measures he will hand Donald Trump a healthy and growing industry. But some of the Obama Administration's tourism goals — programs and initiatives — while steps in the right direction, still leave plenty to be desired and require renewed efforts.

14 hours ago

Google’s Travel Search Dilemma — Digital Marketing News This Week

Google’s Travel Search Dilemma — Digital Marketing News This Week

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

One of the dirty "secrets" of digital advertising is that companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft purchase ads on their own platforms, essentially competing with other buyers for the top placements. The news should give any marketer spending top dollar to try and earn high-ranking search results cause for concern.

14 hours ago

Travel Megatrends 2017: A Year of Reckoning for Europe

Travel Megatrends 2017: A Year of Reckoning for Europe

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Despite being the world’s largest tourism market, there’s a sense that things are changing for Europe. While other regions are catching up, Europe is going through a period of upheaval. The specter of terrorism, the destabilizing Brexit vote, and upcoming elections all mean that 2017 is going to be a pivotal year.

14 hours ago

What If Airlines Measured Revenue Like Traditional Retailers?

What If Airlines Measured Revenue Like Traditional Retailers?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Is it time for the airline industry to adopt a new metric to determine revenue growth? Probably not, but kudos to analyst Hunter Keay for trying something new.

14 hours ago

CEO Interview: On The Beach’s Flexible Approach to Selling Holidays

CEO Interview: On The Beach’s Flexible Approach to Selling Holidays

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While plenty of European travel companies have struggled to cope in a difficult operating environment, On the Beach has prospered. In an uncertain world, its flexible approach to holidays means that it is able to take advantage without some of the risk that others face.

15 hours ago

Safran Buys France’s Cabin Interiors Specialist Zodiac in $10 Billion Deal

Safran Buys France’s Cabin Interiors Specialist Zodiac in $10 Billion Deal

Christopher Jasper and Ania Nussbaum , Bloomberg

This one is a head-scratcher. Yes, both companies are in the aerospace industry, but Safran makes stuff like engines, landing gear, and brakes, while Zodiac concentrates on cabin interiors. It's no surprise one analyst called the deal a “marriage of convenience” rather than one borne of common sense.

20 hours ago

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Once Dominated Asian Skies but There’s a New World Order

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Once Dominated Asian Skies but There’s a New World Order

David Fickling , Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines were once two of the world's most iconic airlines. They're still good at what they do, but they face new threats from both discounters and opulent Middle Eastern Airlines. And neither seems to know exactly how to respond.

21 hours ago

United’s Chief Commercial Officer Leaves After Five Months on the Job

United’s Chief Commercial Officer Leaves After Five Months on the Job

Brian Sumers, Skift

Haywood was a big hire for United several months ago, but apparently it did not work out. That's OK, as President Scott Kirby should continue to do a fine job running the airline's commercial team.

1 day ago