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.

Latest Stories

Business Travel

Airbnb’s Search Shakeup Wasn’t Good Enough for Global Nomads

Remote work-friendly homes need to have more than a desk and verified Wi-Fi. Airbnb may have missed a trick after carrying out its "biggest change in a decade."

Airbnb’s Search Shakeup Wasn’t Good Enough for Global Nomads

Airlines

Qantas Takes Majority Stake in Travel Agency Ahead of Package Vacation Boom

No one wants to miss out on a deal this summer, and that applies to mergers and acquisitions too, it seems.

Qantas Takes Majority Stake in Travel Agency Ahead of Package Vacation Boom

Online Travel

Trip.com Co-Founder Banned From Social Media for Questioning China’s Zero-Covid Policy

James Liang has been banned from posting on China's Weibo for "violating relevant laws and regulations." But few could deny that ongoing lockdowns are hitting the economy, as tourism continues to suffer.

Trip.com Co-Founder Banned From Social Media for Questioning China’s Zero-Covid Policy

Tourism

Sales of Suitcases, Cigarettes and Cosmetics Surge with Travel’s Return

Airport retailers will be in for a bumper summer this year. High streets and malls will look on in envy.

Sales of Suitcases, Cigarettes and Cosmetics Surge with Travel’s Return

Hotels

Crown Resorts Shareholders Approve $6.3 Billion Sale to Blackstone

A step nearer for Blackstone, but a few gambling regulators dotted around Australia now get to have their say. It's not a done deal yet.

Crown Resorts Shareholders Approve $6.3 Billion Sale to Blackstone

Business Travel

Is WeWork Missing the Golden Opportunity for Remote Working?

The co-working giant posted a $504 million loss for the first quarter of this year, although the figures are heading in the right direction. But has it run out of steam after setting right so many wrongs in the past?

Is WeWork Missing the Golden Opportunity for Remote Working?

Startups

Optibus Raises $100 Million for Public Transport Planning: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Public transportation planning software company Optibus spots an opportunity to help cities "build back better" as they redesign networks for buses, trains, bikes and more after the pandemic.

Optibus Raises $100 Million for Public Transport Planning: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Business Travel

Radisson CEO Unveils Europe Strategy, Knocks Rivals With Cookie-Cutter Hotels

Federico Gonzalez argues lifestyle hotels aren’t just for the well-heeled, and rivals are “punishing” guests with poor design. But it may be a challenge to roll out so many properties and keep them feeling unique.

Radisson CEO Unveils Europe Strategy, Knocks Rivals With Cookie-Cutter Hotels

Hotels

Melia’s Holiday Resorts Outshining Its Urban Hotels Performance

City breaks aren't as popular (yet) as beach getaways, but the hotelier still has some way to go to turn a profit after Omicron's impact earlier in the year.

Melia’s Holiday Resorts Outshining Its Urban Hotels Performance

Tourism

Tourists Ditch Shopping Sprees for Big Nights Out Since Pandemic

Bars, nightclubs, theme parks and museums will be the winners this summer. The "experience economy" is back.

Tourists Ditch Shopping Sprees for Big Nights Out Since Pandemic