Matthew Parsons

Matthew covers the corporate travel sector, with his eye on the intersections of procurement, technology and culture. He was previously editor of Buying Business Travel, overseeing its transition to BTN Europe before becoming a Skifter. He lives in London with his young family, but as a self-confessed Francophile loves to hop across the channel for a taste of the good life.

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Tourism

Chinese Reluctant to Travel Abroad Even If Restrictions Lifted

The country's uncompromising "zero-Covid" policy may be easing, but a new survey of potential travelers is showing that the consumer recovery won't happen overnight.

Chinese Reluctant to Travel Abroad Even If Restrictions Lifted

News Blog

Beijing’s International Airports Remove Negative Covid Test Requirements — Reports

Beijing Capital International Airport will no longer require proof of a negative Covid result for entry into its terminals, Reuters has reported, quoting Beijing News, a newspaper owned by the Chinese Communist Party. However, it is unclear if passengers need to show negative tests prior to boarding. The relaxed rules come as the government steps…

Business Travel

Europe’s Travel Prices Are Finally Falling — What Travel Buyers Are Doing

It’s the first time that prices are cooling off this year, but experts warn this deflation won’t last long with more “correction cycles” to come.

Europe’s Travel Prices Are Finally Falling — What Travel Buyers Are Doing

News Blog

Travelport Is Selling Off Its Corporate Hotel Booking Platform Hotelzon

Travelport is planning to sell its Hotelzon division to corporate travel agency startup TripStax, which was officially launched earlier this year — by two former execs at Travelport. Hotelzon claims to offer 1.5 million properties from multiple content sources that include Booking.com and Expedia, and says it has 370,000 users, including travel agencies, corporations and…

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American Airlines Is Phasing Out Its VIP and Corporate AirPass Program

American Airlines is no longer accepting new or renewal contracts for AirPass, its VIP-corporate membership scheme. However, “program functionality” will end by March 31, 2024. Airpass was a prepaid travel program, and had been in existence for more than 40 years (it used to be called AAirPass, and at one point offered unlimited flights.) Individual…

Business Travel

Africa Travel Investor Finds New Rental Venture Incompatible With Remote Workers

Vacation rentals in African destinations tailored to professionals no longer tethered to offices? In theory it’s a sound idea, but one venture studio has just had to close down its startup.

Africa Travel Investor Finds New Rental Venture Incompatible With Remote Workers

Hotels

Mexico’s FibraHotel To Snap Up More Beach Resorts for Sun-Seeking American Tourists

Mexico is clearly emerging as a winning destination coming out of the pandemic, so it's no surprise to see more cash pouring into the region.

Mexico’s FibraHotel To Snap Up More Beach Resorts for Sun-Seeking American Tourists

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Movie Star Ed Norton Is Launching a Luxury Eco-Camp in Kenya With Former Six Senses President

Movie actor Ed Norton is working with the former president of Six Senses on developing a new eco-resort in Kenya. "There’s going to be an announcement in the spring, about a new, global luxury brand," he revealed on stage at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit, held in Saudi Arabia this week. "A…

News Blog

U.S. Senior Official Defends Government’s Lack of a Tourism Agency

A senior U.S. official found himself explaining to world leaders how tourism works within the U.S. government. One part of Brand USA's new "global marketplace" where sponsors can interact with customers. Source: Brand USA. While the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit, held in Saudi Arabia this week, welcomed tourism ministers from around the…

Tourism

Tourism Leaders Bemoan a Flawed Travel Recovery Without Chinese Tourists

Speakers at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Saudi Arabia this week were full of optimism, but the final piece of the jigsaw is still China.

Tourism Leaders Bemoan a Flawed Travel Recovery Without Chinese Tourists