Articles by Raini Hamdi

Travel Megatrends 2018: Asian Upscale Travelers Are Creating a Luxury Tipping Point

Travel Megatrends 2018: Asian Upscale Travelers Are Creating a Luxury Tipping Point

Raini Hamdi, Skift

2018 will see greater numbers of Asian luxury travelers, but also greater challenges to meet more complex needs. As these travelers want to play in Asia, new high-end agencies are entering, while old ones are restructuring, creating new luxury divisions, or launching new luxury brands.

4 months ago

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hong Kong-based Klook has selected the Americas as its first stop for expansion outside Asia. To beat the deeply entrenched competition, it will have to find partners that can adapt to the needs of Asian travelers.

7 months ago

China Challenges WTTC With Launch of Global Tourism Group

China Challenges WTTC With Launch of Global Tourism Group

Raini Hamdi, Skift

China has initiated the formation of a new world tourism organization. The UNWTO, WTTC and PATA are exceedingly polite about it, but there are undercurrents of uneasiness about how much influence the new China-led World Tourism Alliance can wield.

8 months ago

Chinese Tourism Surges to Canada While U.S. Visits Decline

Chinese Tourism Surges to Canada While U.S. Visits Decline

Raini Hamdi, Skift

While demand for flights from China to the U.S. is down, it is rising to Canada, which is enjoying new peaks in Chinese arrivals. No Trump Slump in Canada, which is visa-friendly, welcoming and appealing to free-spirited millennials.

9 months ago

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

Raini Hamdi, Skift

TripAdvisor has expanded its food delivery service outside the U.S. and Canada, part of its strategy to grow non-hotel revenues. More travelers can chow on crisp-fried shrimp paste chicken comfortably in their rooms. Hotels have no choice but to say bon appetit.

11 months ago

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Over 100 travel agencies have ceased operations in Singapore in the first six months of the year. But a closer look shows the trade is not dying; it is renewing.

11 months ago

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After kissing TUI goodbye, Intrepid Group has a new adventure -- to be a company with $1 billion in revenue. With experiential travel being the buzzword, and having incorporated lessons from TUI into the company, it may achieve the goal sooner than five years.

1 year ago

Private Equity Rips Apart Kuoni as Thomas Cook India Gets More Global

Private Equity Rips Apart Kuoni as Thomas Cook India Gets More Global

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Thomas Cook India’s acquisition of Kuoni’s network of destination management companies is a story of how an Indian company becomes a global player overnight. There are also deep wounds about how a global company like Kuoni could end up being broken, literally, to pieces.

1 year ago

Switzerland Tourism Fights Rivals for Chinese Travelers With New Focus

Switzerland Tourism Fights Rivals for Chinese Travelers With New Focus

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Switzerland Tourism is employing “precision marketing” as the number of Chinese individual travelers rose last year while overall arrivals dropped. Tactics aim to be as precise as a Swiss watch; other destinations it competes with for longhaul Chinese travelers, including the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, should take note.

1 year ago

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Will Accor-Banyan Tree be the model for Asian hotel groups to grow globally without losing their independence and brand value? The devil may be in the execution. Hoteliers are watching how this works out and many believe it could be tough-going.

1 year ago

Asia Low-Cost Carrier Alliance Needs to Prove Its Benefits or ‘Die’

Asia Low-Cost Carrier Alliance Needs to Prove Its Benefits or ‘Die’

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Making history as the world’s first low-cost carrier alliance is one thing. Will history judge the U-FLY alliance, comprising five LCCs in North Asia, as a game-changer that’s able to get fiercely independent players to work together?

1 year ago

CitizenM Hotels Tries to Strike Just the Right Tune as It Expands in Asia

CitizenM Hotels Tries to Strike Just the Right Tune as It Expands in Asia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

These are crucial times for citizenM as it expands rapidly outside its European base into North America and Asia. It has to stay vigilant about differentiating the brand, now 10 years old, and ensure it is still cutting-edge.

1 year ago