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Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.
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Travel Leaders Group Aims to Accelerate UK Growth After Thomas Cook Collapse: With one of the biggest names in UK travel exiting the market, there’s space for other travel firms to pick up some of the travel demand. It’s not going to be easy with plenty of Brexit uncertainty in the market as well as lots of competition.
Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise: On the Beach’s purchase of Classic Collection Holidays now looks like a strategic masterstroke in light of the collapse of Thomas Cook. Brick-and-mortar travel agents in the UK lost a holiday supplier and the company has a ready-made alternative on offer.
Sabre Stops Selling Most Finnair Tickets in Contract Spat: It’s rare for airline contract disputes with distribution companies to reach this outcome. Finnair will suffer financially until it cuts a deal. Sabre, for its part, risks embarrassment if it’s seen as bullying a midsize carrier. Nobody usually ends up winning in these classic games of chicken.
Los Angeles Tourism Invests in India With Influencer Campaigns: Indians are keen to travel to Los Angeles — that much is clear. But the city’s destination marketer is looking for ways to ensure that Indian visitors don’t just show up, but know how to get the most out of the sprawling city.
Selina Hotels Step Up Against WeWork in Latin America: WeWork’s co-working model may be fledgling, but hotels are putting a twist on the concept to connect locals and digital nomads.