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Raini Hamdi

Asia Editor

Recent Stories from Raini Hamdi:

Why Accor Won’t Let Movenpick Swallow Its New Little Sister Swissotel in Asia

Why Accor Won’t Let Movenpick Swallow Its New Little Sister Swissotel in Asia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A new history is being charted for Movenpick and Swissotel, two Swiss hotel brands that are now under Accor, and much of that action is happening in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian owners and Accor competitors are watching closely.

1 month ago

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.

10 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago