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Coronavirus

The Problem With Vaccinated Travel Lanes

It’s time for Singapore — and others taking a more step-by-step approach to reopening — to show a little more boldness on travel.  Stop "picking winners" and skewing the market.

The Problem With Vaccinated Travel Lanes

Coronavirus

581 Days Later, It’s Time to Travel

The travel industry's pandemic interregnum period is over. We have gained so much in what we lost.

581 Days Later, It’s Time to Travel

Airlines

Americans Split Over Mandatory Vaccines for Air Travel: Skift Survey

This is America, the land of the free and hyper-polarized. Sadly. Though good news, enough will exists across the country for a vaccine requirement for air travel, but the vocal opposition will unlikely let it happen.

Americans Split Over Mandatory Vaccines for Air Travel: Skift Survey

Hospitality

What Caught Our Eye in the Mind-Bogglingly Dense 642-Page IPO Filing for Oyo

Oyo's original use case in a country like India was the genius level breakthrough that has persisted, despite all its troubles over the last few years. Glad it is doubling down on its core focus, as this IPO doc shows.

What Caught Our Eye in the Mind-Bogglingly Dense 642-Page IPO Filing for Oyo

Tourism

10 Big Questions I Have on the Future of Travel Post-Pandemic

These are strangely precarious and hopeful times. These are the big questions I have as travel is poised for a big recovery, even as some answers have emerged in the last year.

10 Big Questions I Have on the Future of Travel Post-Pandemic

Tourism

The New Role and Structure of High Performing Tourism Boards, Post-Covid

When DMOs are performing consistently at the optimal level it adds a significant amount that no one other body is able to provide. A great overview and recommendations on what should be done in post-covid era.

The New Role and Structure of High Performing Tourism Boards, Post-Covid

Announcements

Skift Acquires the Iconic Hotel Industry Newsletter Daily Lodging Report

Concise, no-nonsense insights delivered straight to your inbox — that has been the promise of Daily Lodging Report for 25+ years, and we at Skift will continue to deliver on that.

Skift Acquires the Iconic Hotel Industry Newsletter Daily Lodging Report

Coronavirus

Yay, There Is a Taskforce In the Works to Come Up With Plan For Opening U.S.-UK Travel, With No Date in Sight

As usual, travel's place in the scheme of priorities always comes last in the geopolitical arena, even when the cleanest of cases of opening the borders is there. A taskforce will be formed at an undetermined date to come up with plans to reopen — again no idea by when, versus, well, a simpler idea of opening it up for verified vaccinated travelers on both sides.

Yay, There Is a Taskforce In the Works to Come Up With Plan For Opening U.S.-UK Travel, With No Date in Sight

Announcements

Skift Global Forum Is Back: Join Us at the Iconic TWA Hotel This September

This will be the most consequential event Skift has ever done. Come and experience our Skift Global Forum 2021 at the stunning TWA Hotel.

Skift Global Forum Is Back: Join Us at the Iconic TWA Hotel This September

Business Travel

Valerie Wilson Travel Agency Acquired by Frosch

Two well-known family travel agencies come under one umbrella, driven by private equity backing to grow. Expect more such deals to happen in the coming months.

Valerie Wilson Travel Agency Acquired by Frosch