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Kinder, Gentler Airlines Bring Back Free Snacks and Entertainment

When it comes to onboard perks, little things mean a lot. Free snacks -- and perish the thought, free meals -- plus in-flight entertainment without charge will go a long way toward engendering loyalty from passengers at the back of the plane. Smart moves by the airlines involved.

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Scores of Bagan Temples

The lack of a UNESCO designation may seem like a slight for now, but nations not ready to deal with the influx of visitors such a label can bring can often be poorer for it.

Upscale Hostels Look Beyond Millennials to Business Travelers

There's a certain convergence under way between hostels and hotels as both often seek to attract Millennials as well as business travelers. Business travelers often see hostels as an optimum choice when hotels are booked up but many road warriors express satisfaction with the experience.

TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

TripAdvisor wants to be the go-to place for consumers to find in-destination activities on their smartphones. Citymaps will not only help consumers with map-based attractions' searches but will bolster TripAdvisor's abilities to perform location-based marketing. Expect more of those TripAdvisor notifications when you amble by an interesting tourist spot.

National Park Service at 100 Seeking Diversity in Visitors and Employees

The reasons why more minorities, whether they be African-American, Latino or Asian, don't visit U.S. national parks in great numbers are complex but having a more diverse workforce within the National Park Service ranks would be a big step toward finding out the answers and coming up with solutions.

Expedia and Red Lion Hotels Hit Reset on Loyalty and Direct Booking

Red Lion Hotels is obviously a much smaller chain than a Hilton Worldwide or Marriott International. Still, Red Lion's deal to offer its member-only rates on Expedia.com and Hotels.com represents the start of some shifting in the direct-booking landscape. Expedia is a powerful force in hotel distribution and there will be more of these changes to come.

HotelTonight Becomes Profitable but IPO Chances Are Remote

HotelTonight is more likely to get acquired than to do a successful IPO given the company's relatively small size. The app is exquisite but competition by bigger players is intense.

Expedia Raises Dividend Despite Q2 Wobbles

By increasing its dividend, Expedia management has put its money where its mouth is in expressing confidence about the future of the company. The takeaway: Expedia officials believe its second quarter stumble was an aberration.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia’s Founder Says Startup Ideas Are Cheap

If only more startup founders would realize this: As Rich Barton says, most startups don't know how to execute on their visions. That is the big difference maker. Talk and ideas are cheap but execution and having the team to carry it through is what it's all about.

Ctrip CEO Interested in U.S. Potential and Sees a Brexit Boom

Would the world's second-largest online travel agency in market cap, Ctrip, entertain the idea of entering the U.S. market to complement its sites in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore? The x's and o's are unclear but the idea isn't as far-fetched as it might seem given Chinese investment in the U.S. and the Ctrip CEO's statements about his interest in the U.S. market