2018May22

Six Flags Is Adding 5 Parks in a Promised U.S. Expansion Push

Six Flags Is Adding 5 Parks in a Promised U.S. Expansion Push

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags has been talking up this scenario for more than a year, so it will be interesting to see how the strategy plays out. Will more people opt for season passes that give them access to multiple parks, even if those parks are a few hours away from each other?

1 year ago

Canada Is Set to Weaken Laws on Foreign Ownership for Airlines and Railways

Canada Is Set to Weaken Laws on Foreign Ownership for Airlines and Railways

Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg

Under this legislation in Canada, foreign concerns could own as much as 49 percent of Air Canada or WestJet Airlines. That's not likely to happen anytime soon, however.

1 year ago

Orlando Theme Parks Are Rolling Out New Rides as They Battle for Visitors

Orlando Theme Parks Are Rolling Out New Rides as They Battle for Visitors

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Theme parks realize they need to keep adding more reasons for visitors to come back. That means operators are investing billions over the next several years — and attendees can expect higher prices at the gate.

1 year ago

Uber Tests Its Service in Japan in the Hopes of Expanding Beyond Tokyo

Uber Tests Its Service in Japan in the Hopes of Expanding Beyond Tokyo

Ma Jie and Yuji Nakamura , Bloomberg

Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the company is pursuing its global expansion plans in a very different manner.

1 year ago

Americans Fearful of Self-Driving Cars: New AAA Survey

Americans Fearful of Self-Driving Cars: New AAA Survey

Keith Naughton, Bloomberg

A new AAA survey doesn't bode well for companies like Alphabet and Tesla that are betting big on self-driving cars. The bottom line is that Americans are still freaked out by the idea of not having a real person behind the wheel. Will anything ever ease those anxieties?

1 year ago

New Skift Research Report on Amazon Breaks Down What Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

New Skift Research Report on Amazon Breaks Down What Every Travel Exec Needs to Know

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Amazon likely has a role to play in the future of travel distribution, marketing, or devices — if not all three. Travel leaders need to prepare today or risk being caught flat-footed tomorrow.

1 year ago

The State of Luxury Yacht Rentals and Sharing Schemes

The State of Luxury Yacht Rentals and Sharing Schemes

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Breaking open the yacht rental market with a sharing platform is a difficult endeavor given the challenges of operating a digital business within the luxury sector as well as the nuances and securities needed for an experience as hands-on as yachting.

1 year ago

EasyJet and Ryanair Are Still Fretting About Brexit

EasyJet and Ryanair Are Still Fretting About Brexit

Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg

Brexit offers up plenty of uncertainty for airlines, not least what to do about their shareholders.

1 year ago

Mexico Tourism Marketing Blitz to Address Safety Concerns After Violence

Mexico Tourism Marketing Blitz to Address Safety Concerns After Violence

Dan Peltier, Skift

Mexico's tourism industry has been lucky in the past year as the violence mostly hasn't targeted tourist destinations like Mexico City. But if history is any guide, tourism is often the focus for anyone wanting to cause harm and chaos. We hope we're wrong about this one.

1 year ago

How Driving Defines Us: The Future of American Road Trips

How Driving Defines Us: The Future of American Road Trips

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Road trips in the United States are statistically on the rise due to both economic and cultural factors. These vacations have incredible potential to reflect what's simmering beneath the surface of contemporary America.

1 year ago

Hotel CEOs’ Views on Homesharing Evolve Even as Industry Remains Critical

Hotel CEOs’ Views on Homesharing Evolve Even as Industry Remains Critical

Deanna Ting, Skift

Now that AccorHotels, Hyatt, and Marriott have started getting into homesharing, what does that mean for the hotel industry's crusade against it? Can AH&LA continue to fight Airbnb when some of its members are now actively participating in the short-term rental space?

1 year ago

Cheap Award Tickets Are Getting Easier to Find

Cheap Award Tickets Are Getting Easier to Find

Grant Martin, Skift

On the surface, more inexpensive award tickets may sound like a good sign for air travelers. But with the supply of award miles shrinking and cheap seats only available on select routes, the news is just a silver lining on a much bigger, darker cloud.

1 year ago