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AI Wars Comes For Travel Planning, As Bing Relaunches Around ChatGPT

The Microsoft-owned also-ran search engine Bing has relaunched around conversational chatbot technology powered by ChatGPT, the new sensation owned by OpenAI. In an event today, the CEOs of Microsoft and OpenAI gave a demo of the new Bing, and it will be open to all in coming days. The refreshed Bing provides a chatbox with…

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Hilton Launches Music Concerts Starting With Brandi Carlile to Highlight Connected Rooms

A smart new campaign launched by Hilton, highlighting its connected rooms feature, for travelers looking for larger spaces when booking family or group travel. First in this "Connecting Room Concerts" series, a performance from Brandi Carlile, six-time Grammy-Awards winner – and nominated seven times for tonight's 2023 Grammys Awards – from a pair of connected…

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The Biggest Missing Ingredient for True Accessibility in the Airline Business

A great talk by Michael Swiatek, the chief strategy and planning officer at Avianca, who happens to be legally blind. Michael has worked in the airline industry for almost 30 years and spends part of his time raising awareness about the importance of accessibility in travel. He travels frequently for work and believes that the…

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The Disconnect Between the Top Global Risks and the Travel Industry

The annual Global Risks Report, from the World Economic Forum, is here as Davos starts, and this summary chart below of top 10 short-term and long-term risks is fascinating, almost all of them have direct implications in travel, for many of these the travel industry is, in some part, one of the underlying causes of…

Tourism

In a Huge Win, U.S. to Finally Have a Secretary-Level Position for Tourism

Having an advocate at the top level of government is a big win for the U.S. travel industry, as is the more metrics-based approach this new assistant secretary at the Commerce Department will take to help increase visitation and streamline visa issues, amongst others.

In a Huge Win, U.S. to Finally Have a Secretary-Level Position for Tourism

Travel Technology

Generative AI Is the Travel Industry’s Future, Get Used to It

To get an understanding of why there is so much buzz about generative AI and what this means for the travel industry and travelers, Skift CEO Rafat Ali talked to analyst and author David Mattin.

Generative AI Is the Travel Industry’s Future, Get Used to It

Travel Technology

The Dawn of AI in Travel – and in Our Daily Lives – Suddenly Became Very Real This Weekend

The use cases of artificial intelligence (AI) in our daily lives, both personal and professional, just exploded exponentially. Worth thinking through, reading, and experimenting as much possible for the travel sector.

The Dawn of AI in Travel – and in Our Daily Lives – Suddenly Became Very Real This Weekend

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Oyo Hits Reorg Button: Lays Off 600 Employees Across Tech and Product

Oyo, in preparation for its upcoming IPO in 2023, is doing a major reorg of its organizational structure and cost base. It has announced it is letting go of 600 employees out of a total of about 3700, mostly in its product and tech teams. From the company: "Oyo is downsizing its product and engineering,…

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Tahiti Proposes to Limit Tourism Numbers to One Tourist Per Inhabitant

Tahiti, part of the French Polynesia and its 120 sister islands is proposing to limit the number of tourists it takes to about one tourist per inhabitant, according to a new sustainability focused "slow-tourism" five year plan, reports Radio New Zealand. The head of Tahiti Tourisme Jean-Marc Mocellin said that they are proposing setting a…

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Disney Cutting Business Travel and Meetings-Related Travel After Belt Tightening

The first tremors of economic slowdown are beginning to be felt in the travel industry: even though Disney Parks had a record quarter, the overall parent company had a disappointing quarter in its other businesses and is now planning a hiring freeze, job cuts and other expense cuts. As part of that, CNBC reports that…