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In Skift's top stories this week, Airbnb announces plans to redesign pricing on its platforms, KLM faces a murky future, and Delta believes that even a possible recession won't impede travel's recovery.

Airbnb CEO Says He’ll Fix Fees 17 Months After Launching Review: From a technical standpoint, Airbnb already has the ability to show the total price up-front. Clamping down on host-set cleaning fees would create a firestorm — among hosts.

Google Expands Its Things to Do Feature Deeper Into Maps: Step by step, inch by inch, Google is becoming more central to the tours and activities sector. We’ve seen this playbook before.

KLM Growth Prospects Threatened by Dutch Government’s Airport Cap Policy: If KLM and Schiphol airport are two golden geese of the Dutch economy, government officials are doing their utmost to strangle them.

Selina Pushes Into Music Festivals and Wellness Retreats: It’s a tantalizing opportunity for Selina to start producing music festivals and wellness retreats at its hospitality venues through new brands. No lifestyle hotel group has cracked the festival space yet, and wellness has lots more room to run.

Limit Short-Term Rentals to Improve Affordable Housing, Argues Philadelphia Fed CEO: Those who scoff at the linkage between the rise of short-term rentals and the affordable housing crisis are denying the obvious, although the dynamics are complex.

Delta Air Lines CEO Proclaims Travel Is ‘Countercyclical’: Could it be that people will keep traveling even if the U.S. and Europe fall into recession? Delta thinks so.

TripActions Raises $300 Million, Quiet on Public Listing: Another financing top-up, which brings the funding round up to Series G. Is this a sign of an imminent IPO, or has the appetite cooled off?

Radisson Says Sustainability Efforts Start by Communicating Everything: Even as surveys say people are willing to pay more to travel sustainably, businesses may have to wait for some time to see that translate into reality. Until then, be prepared to answer every sustainability-related question that guests may have.

Full Video: American Airlines Commercial Chief Vasu Raja at Skift Global Forum 2022: Watch American Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja explain how the “real revenue growth” at the carrier is in blended leisure and business trips.

Full Video: Traveloka and RedDoorz Leaders at Skift Global Forum 2022: Sure, Asia is a diverse market. Understand this complexity, marry that with world-class digital products and you have a thriving business.

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Tags: airbnb, delta, delta air lines, google, klm, netherlands, selina, short-term rentals, skift global forum, Skift Global Forum 2022, top stories, tripactions

Photo credit: The interior of an Airbnb property in Italy Fattoria la Maliosa / Flickr

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