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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

Tourism

Europe to Allow Vaccinated Americans to Travel to Continent This Summer

The American vaccination program has been so successful that the unthinkable even a few months ago has happened. So much for competence.

Europe to Allow Vaccinated Americans to Travel to Continent This Summer

Business Travel

Tour Operator Intrepid Travel Gets Large Minority Investment from French Investor

This investment in Intrepid caps intense interest from private equity investors in the multi-day tour operator sector over the last few years, and the expected post-pandemic travel boom will likely see many more such deals happen.

Tour Operator Intrepid Travel Gets Large Minority Investment from French Investor

Coronavirus

10 Shared Learnings for Travel & Tourism One Year Into the Pandemic

People have had a year to consider the perilous state of the planet, and they're unimpressed. As borders reopen, sustainable, responsible, and regenerative travel will need to be reimagined, because the tourism sector is about to be in the eco-cross hairs.

10 Shared Learnings for Travel & Tourism One Year Into the Pandemic

Announcements

EventMB Gears Up for Next Phase of Growth Under New Leadership Team

We at Skift are bringing in new leadership for building the next phase of EventMB, intensely focused on the deciphering and defining the future of events that emerges in incoming months and years from the collision of virtual and face-to-face.

EventMB Gears Up for Next Phase of Growth Under New Leadership Team

Hotels

What Airbnb’s Journey From Start to IPO Has Meant to Skift, and Me

Skift since its own launch was the first media outlet to ask hard questions of Airbnb, and it has been amazing to document that journey of the company from start till its IPO day and beyond. My thoughts in an audio essay.

What Airbnb’s Journey From Start to IPO Has Meant to Skift, and Me

Overtourism

Only About Half of Americans Think Tourism Is Positive for Country

The topline takeaway: A lot of citizen-level education is still needed on benefits of tourism to local and regional economies, in an age of NIMBYism and hyper-polarization.

Only About Half of Americans Think Tourism Is Positive for Country

Hotels

Airbnb Considers OTAs as Biggest Competitors, Not Hotels

How Airbnb sees itself matters, for many reasons it lists in its IPO documents. Fascinating read into the mind of a big disruptor in the global travel sector.

Airbnb Considers OTAs as Biggest Competitors, Not Hotels

Hotels

North American Bookings Surge Helped Airbnb in 2020 Revival, Overtaking Europe

Lax travel lockdowns and regulations means U.S. and North America overall was much better for Airbnb this year, but will this trend continue in years to come?

North American Bookings Surge Helped Airbnb in 2020 Revival, Overtaking Europe