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China Is Using Tourism to Taiwan as a Diplomatic Weapon

China Is Using Tourism to Taiwan as a Diplomatic Weapon

Brenda Goh and Muyu Xu, Reuters

Travel is always a political act. It's just that sometimes it's much more apparent than others.

2 hours ago

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is aggressively placing itself more prominently than ever between the consumer and the airline in the quest for bookings. What does it mean? Airlines are getting more qualified leads but are losing control and getting even more beholden to Google.

4 hours ago

6 Takeaways About Airbnb’s Potential Impact on the Hotel Industry

6 Takeaways About Airbnb’s Potential Impact on the Hotel Industry

Deanna Ting, Skift

The biggest conclusion here is that hoteliers can't afford to dismiss the impact, however large or minuscule it may be, that Airbnb is having on the lodging industry, and on their bottom lines, too. Plenty of reports may tell us different things, but the universal thread is that Airbnb is here, and it can't be ignored.

4 hours ago

Travel Megatrends 2017: Corporate Travel Tech Is in Upheaval

Travel Megatrends 2017: Corporate Travel Tech Is in Upheaval

Andrew Shievachman, Skift

Corporate travel is finally starting to learn lessons from the consumer travel space, mostly because business travelers have been trained by their leisure travel to expect robust booking tools and more control over their trips. The travel management companies that focus the most on improving their traveler-facing technology will win this battle, and improve their clients’ travel experience in the process.

5 hours ago

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb and HomeAway clones are a dime-a-dozen. But we found a handful carving out niche market segments that seem promising. These startups focus on travelers interested in corporate-friendly lodgings, architecture and design properties, Asia's top destinations, and exclusive luxury residences.

5 hours ago

Hilton Launches a New Brand: Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Hilton Launches a New Brand: Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Deanna Ting, Skift

We already knew Hilton feels it needs more brands to compete, but weaving this particular "soft brand" into the fold, for lack of a better description, feels a bit like it's more of a blanket statement kind of brand, than one with a truly carved out identity. Or one that doesn't "occupy the same swim lanes" as some of Hilton's other brands — something Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta has been critical of, in particular, with his company's biggest rival, the 30-brand juggernaut, Marriott.

5 hours ago

What the UK Prime Minister’s Latest Brexit Speech Means for the Travel Industry

What the UK Prime Minister’s Latest Brexit Speech Means for the Travel Industry

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The Prime Minister’s speech was her most significant yet on the subject of Brexit. It gave a clear indication of how the UK would look to leave the European Union, allowing us to analyze how this might affect the travel and tourism industry.

6 hours ago

United Says Operations Recovering After Grounding of U.S. Domestic Flights

United Says Operations Recovering After Grounding of U.S. Domestic Flights

Michael Sasso and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

United Airlines officials stated earlier in the week that they plan to stick with their current reservations system. It wasn't clear whether Sunday's outage was directly tied to the reservation system but it was apparent that this was a headache that United and its customers didn't need at the moment.

14 hours ago

Global Airline Safety Standards For Satellite Tracking Will Kick in Next Year

Global Airline Safety Standards For Satellite Tracking Will Kick in Next Year

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

At the rate it currently takes airlines to receive and replace aircraft, it will take decades for some of these newer standards to be fully implemented, which means planes like Malaysia Airlines flight 370 could still vanish without a trace.

18 hours ago

U.S. Senator Schumer Is Upset About Cheap Airline Tickets Again

U.S. Senator Schumer Is Upset About Cheap Airline Tickets Again

Associated Press

You can almost set your watch by how Schumer will react to the latest fee in the travel industry that he really doesn't understand. You can also set that same watch by when he moves on to another topic without following through on any promise he made earlier.

19 hours ago

Donald Trump’s Washington D.C. Hotel Is Already a Five-Star Ethics Disaster

Donald Trump’s Washington D.C. Hotel Is Already a Five-Star Ethics Disaster

Julie Bykowic, Associated Press

It can't be easy for hotel employees operating under such a cloud. We would like to see the president put those people and his guests first, instead of himself.

20 hours ago

American’s Flight Attendants Still Say Their Uniforms Make Them Sick

American’s Flight Attendants Still Say Their Uniforms Make Them Sick

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

It's hard not to think the public isn't getting the full story from either side.

22 hours ago