Articles by Jason Clampet

Puerto Rico Isn’t Really Having a ‘Despacito’ Tourism Boom Yet

Puerto Rico Isn’t Really Having a ‘Despacito’ Tourism Boom Yet

Matt Gross, Bloomberg

Simple lesson here is that young people who love a pop song are not always the first people to book a trip to a new destination.

8 hours ago

Egypt Is Finally Seeing Some Good Tourism News

Egypt Is Finally Seeing Some Good Tourism News

Mirette Magdy, Bloomberg

No word yet on tourism numbers, but increased spending — especially at these levels — is an excellent signal for the country. Now it just needs to prevent another relapse into violence and political self sabotage.

1 day ago

Airbnb Gets More Serious About China With Tech Investments

Airbnb Gets More Serious About China With Tech Investments

Yoolim Lee and Haslinda Amin, Bloomberg

Airbnb clearly doesn’t want to exit China in failure like Uber. Making investments based on the habits of locals rather than importing ideas from abroad is the key to competing here.

1 day ago

Ryanair Says That UK Airports Have a Drinking Problem

Ryanair Says That UK Airports Have a Drinking Problem

Associated Press

While it would be easy to point out that Ryanair passengers usually wait to get to their destination to go crazy with booze, it’s also hard to disagree with the position Ryanair is taking here. Cutting morning drinking in most cases is not a bad idea.

2 days ago

How the Travel Industry Has Changed in 5 Years

How the Travel Industry Has Changed in 5 Years

Jason Clampet, Skift

We can’t imagine a better five years to begin with. And we look forward to the many more ahead.

7 days ago

Qatar Airways Turns a Fare Mistake Into an Opportunity — Business of Loyalty

Qatar Airways Turns a Fare Mistake Into an Opportunity — Business of Loyalty

Grant Martin, Skift

When you add up the PR value for Qatar as well as the good will it engenders among travelers (especially those adding to their oneworld alliance point totals), the snafu was a smart move.

1 week ago

Disney Cruises Have Big Fans Who Don’t Bring Along Children

Disney Cruises Have Big Fans Who Don’t Bring Along Children

Fran Golden, Bloomberg

Disney’s cruise product is top notch, but we doubt you’d see adults tattooing themselves if it wasn’t for a life-long affinity for the larger Disney brand.

2 weeks ago

Launching Skift Lens Documentary Unit

Launching Skift Lens Documentary Unit

Jason Clampet, Skift

We’ve had our gaze on the travel industry for the past five years, and now we turn that view into moving pictures with our new Skift Lens series of documentary reports.

2 weeks ago

Uber’s Next CEO Could Be GE’s Last CEO

Uber’s Next CEO Could Be GE’s Last CEO

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

We think Uber needs leadership and wisdom, but it also needs leadership that isn’t happy with the status quo. And “CEO of GE” is as status quo as we can think of when it comes to business.

3 weeks ago

HNA Group Must Answer Questions About Collapse of Its Booking Startup Travana

HNA Group Must Answer Questions About Collapse of Its Booking Startup Travana

Tiffany Kary, Bloomberg

Travana's quiet implosion was one of the stranger stories in travel this year and it will likely get stranger.

4 weeks ago

British Airways Turns to A-List Actors for New Safety Video

British Airways Turns to A-List Actors for New Safety Video

Jason Clampet, Skift

In-flight safety videos are fascinating in that they all must stick to the same script. What airlines decide to do with this locked-in time is always an extension of their brand.

4 weeks ago

Uber Exits Russia Through Deal With Local Rival Yandex

Uber Exits Russia Through Deal With Local Rival Yandex

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

At one point Uber justified its sky-high valuation with promises of global expansion in China, Russia, and India. This is likely not how they saw it all playing out.

1 month ago