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TUI Looks Set for a Challenging 2020 Even Without Competitor Thomas Cook

TUI Looks Set for a Challenging 2020 Even Without Competitor Thomas Cook

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI continues to have ambitious plans, and its quest to move away from the traditional tour operating market seems sensible given the problems endured by one of its biggest competitors. But good intentions often get derailed by outside circumstances. Can it stay the course in 2020?

2 days ago

How Thomas Cook’s European Businesses Are Now Divvied Up Among Rivals

How Thomas Cook’s European Businesses Are Now Divvied Up Among Rivals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook collected its fair share of brands over the years. Now rivals are picking over what remains of the group.

4 days ago

Sonder Puts Hilton and Marriott in Its Sights as It Moves Into Hotel Business

Sonder Puts Hilton and Marriott in Its Sights as It Moves Into Hotel Business

Patrick Whyte, Skift

CEO Francis Davidson is clearly very, very ambitious — and has identified a path for Sonder to go on and challenge the very biggest names in hospitality.

1 week ago

Scandinavian Airline SAS Gets Good News — For Now — on Norwegian Route Changes

Scandinavian Airline SAS Gets Good News — For Now — on Norwegian Route Changes

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While Norwegian's decision to pull its long-haul routes out of Copenhagen and Stockholm is good news for SAS in the short term, it points to a bigger challenge in the long term.

1 week ago

United Promotes Scott Kirby to CEO, Munoz Becomes Executive Chairman

United Promotes Scott Kirby to CEO, Munoz Becomes Executive Chairman

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Plenty of eyebrows were raised when Scott Kirby swapped American for United in 2016, but it was clear he was looking to run an airline. His trajectory to CEO was long anticipated.

1 week ago

Norwegian Taps Former JetBlue Exec in Management Reshuffle

Norwegian Taps Former JetBlue Exec in Management Reshuffle

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Another big news day for Norwegian. Given the focus on profitability, exiting the difficult domestic market in Argentina is not really surprising, but the appointment of Marty St. George is certainly a curveball.

1 week ago

Amazon Adds Bus Tickets in India in Pursuit of Superapp Strategy

Amazon Adds Bus Tickets in India in Pursuit of Superapp Strategy

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Slowly but surely Amazon is building up a considerable travel presence in India via its app. How deep and far will it eventually decide to go?

1 week ago

Lufthansa’s Potential $6.4 Million Fine Is One More Reason Euro Airlines Want to Forget 2019

Lufthansa’s Potential $6.4 Million Fine Is One More Reason Euro Airlines Want to Forget 2019

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Like many other European airlines, it's been a pretty tough year for Lufthansa. The airline could probably do without a potential FAA fine hanging over it as it tries to start fresh in 2020.

2 weeks ago

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Patrick Whyte, Skift

On the Beach's purchase of Classic Collection Holidays now looks like a strategic masterstroke in light of the collapse of Thomas Cook. Brick-and-mortar travel agents in the United Kingdom lost a holiday supplier, and the company has a ready-made alternative on offer.

2 weeks ago

Travel Leaders Group Aims to Accelerate UK Growth After Thomas Cook Collapse

Travel Leaders Group Aims to Accelerate UK Growth After Thomas Cook Collapse

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With one of the biggest names in UK travel exiting the market, there's space for other travel firms to pick up some of the travel demand. It's not going to be easy with plenty of Brexit uncertainty in the market as well as lots of competition.

2 weeks ago

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a number of years. Do the numbers stack up over the long term and will people keep renewing?

3 weeks ago

Norwegian Air’s New CEO Sees First Priority As Returning to Profits

Norwegian Air’s New CEO Sees First Priority As Returning to Profits

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Interestingly, new Norwegian Air chief Jacob Schram has plenty of experience dealing with takeovers and mergers from his time in the retail trade. Might Norwegian want to tap this experience as part of future plans?

3 weeks ago