Articles by Patrick Whyte

China Is Making It Easier for Foreign Tourists to Visit Hainan

China Is Making It Easier for Foreign Tourists to Visit Hainan

Keith Zhai, Bloomberg

Extending visa-free access is a surefire way to make a destination more popular. We can expect to see more tourists visiting the province over the next couple of years.

19 hours ago

High-End Hoteliers Are Taking Loyalty More Seriously

High-End Hoteliers Are Taking Loyalty More Seriously

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Luxury hotel brands have lagged behind their cheaper siblings when it comes to loyalty programs. In the past they might not have needed to think about such schemes but with data becoming more and more valuable, companies can no longer afford to ignore them.

1 day ago

Mr and Mrs Smith Joins Tours and Activities Rush With SideStory Acquisition

Mr and Mrs Smith Joins Tours and Activities Rush With SideStory Acquisition

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Trips, experiences, tours, activities – you call them what you like, travel brands want a bigger piece of the sector. For plenty of companies, it's no longer just about the flight or hotel.

2 days ago

WestJet Has a Lot Riding on the Launch of Its New Low-Cost Airline

WestJet Has a Lot Riding on the Launch of Its New Low-Cost Airline

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Starting up a new low-cost airline in a pretty crowded market presents a major challenge for WestJet's new CEO. Add on an expansion of its long-haul program, and you can see why aviation analysts are a little worried.

2 days ago

Facial Recognition Startup Hoping to Solve Brexit’s Ireland Border Conundrum

Facial Recognition Startup Hoping to Solve Brexit’s Ireland Border Conundrum

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

The Irish border question has become the biggest issue surrounding Brexit. The UK government has said it doesn't want a return to the checkpoints of the past and is looking at creative ways of solving the problem.

2 days ago

Activist Investor Pushes for Whitbread Split

Activist Investor Pushes for Whitbread Split

Lisa Pham, Bloomberg

Shareholders love to "unlock value" but it doesn't always benefit the consumer. Would splitting Premier Inn and Costa Coffee benefit both businesses or would it just make some people a lot richer?

3 days ago

Norwegian CEO Not Interested in Selling to British Airways Owner

Norwegian CEO Not Interested in Selling to British Airways Owner

Jonas Cho Walsgard and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

There we have it: Norwegian's CEO doesn't want to do a deal with IAG. That's not necessarily the end of the story, however. These things can change pretty quickly.

6 days ago

Trump’s Name May Be Losing Its Luster at His Hotels

Trump’s Name May Be Losing Its Luster at His Hotels

Patrick Clark and Shahien Nasiripour, Skift

Given his previous business failures and questionable taste, it seems amazing that Trump has been able to trade so heavily on his name, especially in the hotel sector. But with his approval ratings at record lows, property developers are apparently starting to look elsewhere.

6 days ago

British Airways Parent Looking at Buying Norwegian

British Airways Parent Looking at Buying Norwegian

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Wow. Not many people will have seen this coming, including, it seems, Norwegian. Adding another brand to IAG's growing portfolio might make strategic sense but it will come at a significant cost.

7 days ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: How Club Med Is Reimagining the All-Inclusive Resort

Skift Forum Europe Preview: How Club Med Is Reimagining the All-Inclusive Resort

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Since 2004, Club Med has tried to change the perception of all-inclusive resorts. Part of this is a move upmarket but it has also meant targeting new nationalities and destinations.

1 week ago

Airlines Warned About Flights as Syrian Conflict Escalates

Airlines Warned About Flights as Syrian Conflict Escalates

Anand Krishnamoorthy, Bloomberg

With tensions rising between the U.S. and Russia over Syria it makes sense to warn airlines about the risks. The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine shows the danger of flying over conflict zones.

1 week ago

U.S. Removes Chad From Travel Ban List

U.S. Removes Chad From Travel Ban List

Ken Thomas, Associated Press

It seems like Chad's inclusion was down to a bureaucratic mix-up rather than anything more strategic. All eyes are now on the Supreme Court for the impending decision on the overall legality of President Trump's travel bans.

1 week ago