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Recent Stories from Patrick Whyte:

What’s Next for Belmond?

What’s Next for Belmond?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Belmond hasn't had the easiest time over the past few years, but its collection of iconic hotels and trains make it an intriguing target.

3 days ago

Video: Why AccorHotels Wants to Keep Collecting Brands

Video: Why AccorHotels Wants to Keep Collecting Brands

Patrick Whyte, Skift

If you have a company you want to sell, get in touch with AccorHotels.

5 days ago

Tourism Giant TUI Group Bears Up Under European Heat and Maintains Sunny Outlook

Tourism Giant TUI Group Bears Up Under European Heat and Maintains Sunny Outlook

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Just like Ryanair in the airline industry, TUI's relative strength means that it is able to weather external factors much better than its rivals.

1 week ago

The Many Ways Travel Companies Target Luxury Agents

The Many Ways Travel Companies Target Luxury Agents

Patrick Whyte, Skift

In certain sub-sectors — luxury and cruise spring to mind — travel agents still play a big part in driving sales. Hoteliers and tour operators know this and are happy to splash the cash in order to get some of their business.

1 week ago

Every One of Thomas Cook’s 17 Brands, Explained

Every One of Thomas Cook’s 17 Brands, Explained

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook, the man, organized his first trip in 1841, and the travel company that bears his name is still going. After a series of mergers and acquisitions the company now has 17 key brands to focus on. Read our take on each.

2 weeks ago

British Airways Owner Still Thinking Over Norwegian Deal

British Airways Owner Still Thinking Over Norwegian Deal

Patrick Whyte, Skift

IAG is still willing to play the long game with Norwegian. If the price of fuel keeps rising, you'd imagine that the acquisition price would come down.

2 weeks ago

UK Theme Parks Operator Merlin Ramps Up Hotel Offerings

UK Theme Parks Operator Merlin Ramps Up Hotel Offerings

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Adding more beds to your theme parks makes sense as it brings in extra cash, but Merlin needs to make sure it gives guests extra reasons to stick around for more than a day.

2 weeks ago

Air France-KLM Struggles as Strikes Hit Profit

Air France-KLM Struggles as Strikes Hit Profit

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Employee unrest at Air France took its toll. The airline group really needs to appoint a new CEO soon so it can get back on track.

2 weeks ago

AccorHotels’ High-End Acquisition Problem

AccorHotels’ High-End Acquisition Problem

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Two of Accor's high-end deals have failed to live up to expectations. The big question now is: Can the company fix things?

2 weeks ago

Lufthansa Still Has Its Eye on Alitalia

Lufthansa Still Has Its Eye on Alitalia

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Another steady update from Lufthansa. If and when further consolidation happens in Europe, we can expect the airline group to play a key role.

3 weeks ago

European Heat Wave to Singe Thomas Cook’s Profits

European Heat Wave to Singe Thomas Cook’s Profits

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The impact of the heat wave isn't as bad as some expected, but it has put a damper on what was turning out to be a good year.

3 weeks ago

Radisson Hospitality in the Dark Over HNA’s Plans

Radisson Hospitality in the Dark Over HNA’s Plans

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given HNA's willingness to sell many of its other assets, offloading the Radisson Hotel Group looks like a likely scenario.

3 weeks ago