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This week we take a look at some of the innovations, particularly self-driving vehicles, that will impact the sector in coming years. Check out the story below.
We also have the latest on Amadeus’ fascinating technology acquisition and a look at how consolidation among U.S. travel agencies is shaping up.
— Andrew Sheivachman, Senior Enterprise Editor
The Key to Unlocking the Future of Flight-Free Business Travel: Employees are always going to need to travel. Emerging technologies may hold the key to a more sustainable future for corporate travel.
Amadeus Buys Optym’s Flight Network Planning Tech: Amadeus was smart to acquire Optym’s well-regarded software for helping airlines optimize their flight networks. While this deal is small, the tech giant is signaling its commitment to the airline technology and airport services space that goes beyond its traditional business in distribution.
Hate-Selling in the Age of Google Travel: Online booking sites still treat potential customers with disdain using manipulative marketing tactics. As airlines and hotel chains have adopted these methods, it calls into question what a world without them would really look like. Google offers a hint.
Major Travel Agencies Are on a Consolidation and Expansion Fast Track: Travel agencies are poised for expansion, but the major challenge is finding travel advisors to fill new positions. Acquiring agencies and enticing newcomers to join the industry are ways around it.
You May See Fewer Starbucks Coffee Shops at U.S. Airports: Here’s Why: Airports are welcome to prefer local businesses, but they should also understand Starbucks has a loyal following and should remain in terminals. When it’s 5 a.m., and you’re at an unfamiliar airport and you just want your reliable coffee fix, Starbucks is often the best bet.
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The Story of Oyo’s Troubles Is the Story of Modern India: What’s happening with Oyo cannot be looked at separately from the modern Indian milieu that gave birth to it, and in which it operates. Oyo now needs to rise above that legacy and bring in the global business practices that ensure it survives and thrives in the future.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes Out For Now Amid Airbus Bribery Probe: There’s always some give-and-take whenever any customer places a big order for anything. But did Airbus go too far to try to sway AirAsia? And what will this mean for CEO Tony Fernandes’ grand digital plans?
Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth: U.S. hoteliers are finding their pricing options constrained because of an influx of both short-term rental supply during peak periods, and because of hotel construction. Hoteliers may decide to get into the short-term rental market or not, but they increasingly have to take it into account when fine-tuning pricing strategies.
Senior Enterprise Editor Andrew Sheivachman [firstname.lastname@example.org] curates the Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Thursday.