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In Skift's top stories this week, Latin America's airline industry undergoes enormous change since the pandemic, Marriott debuts an extended-stay brand in the U.S. and Canada, and the United Arab Emirates lifts all Covid-related travel restrictions.

How Latin America Is the Future of the Airline Industry: No part of the world is seeing as many big changes to the airline business as Latin America. The final shape is still opaque, but one thing is clear for the region’s aviation industry: All eyes are watching closely for how this transformation unfolds.

Airbnb to Display Total Prices Up Front and End Checkout Task Drudgery: Airbnb has responded to years’-long criticism about a lack of transparency in the way it displays its prices. Now, will competitors do likewise?

New Marriott Apartment Brand Bets on Blended Leisure and Business Travel: Marriott International is debuting an extended-stay brand in the U.S. and Canada. Why buy a startup like Placemakr or Limehome when you can build your own brand?

How Kayak Fared 10 Years After Priceline’s Offer to Buy It: Kayak isn’t as muscular today in metasearch, as some would have forecast years ago, given the impact of Google. But Kayak hasn’t folded, either.

Prince Harry’s Travalyst Focuses on Corp Travel Carbon Emissions With Travelport, Amadeus: Adding Amadeus and Travelport certainly expands Travalyst’s reach, but the partnerships will only be worthwhile if their corporate travel agency customers adopt Travalyst’s method of calculating carbon emissions.

Tripadvisor Execs Suggest Viator and Hotel Auction Will Be Key to New Strategy: The most important thing about Tripadvisor’s exercise in formulating a new strategy will be how it reconfigures priorities. Answers to that question won’t be divulged until 2023.

UAE Bids Goodbye to Pandemic-Related Restrictions: Middle East Travel Roundup: The Middle Eastern nations realize that for tourism to flourish restrictions would need to be eased.

Choice Hotels Looks to Transcend Budget Image by Going Upscale: Choice Hotels is eager to expand its portfolio more broadly. But a move upmarket is not without risk.

Hotel Operators Face Thorny Choices for 2023 Budgeting: Atop hotel asset manager sees too many hoteliers trying to restaff to 2019 levels and too many failing to upsell guests effectively. Heed her words.

Booking.com’s Stagnant Mix of Short-Term Rental Stays Is a Not Necessarily Bad Thing: Booking.com and Airbnb are tough to compare. Although Booking.com officials would admit it has a lot to improve in short-term rentals, the company is playing its hotel hand to an advantage.

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Tags: airbnb, bleisure, blended travel, kayak, latin america, leisure travel, marriott, top stories, travalyst, tripadvisor

Photo credit: Colombian carrier Avianca is a major player in Latin America's airline industry. Tomás Del Coro / Flickr

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