Rashaad Jorden

Rashaad covers tour operators and travel advisors. Before finding his way to Skift, he bounced around the U.S., France, Japan and UK. He greatly misses the all-you-can-eat Vegetarian curry at his favorite restaurant in Japan. He is also adept at running half-marathons and, despite living in New Jersey, rues the fact he doesn't spend enough time on the Jersey Shore.

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Hotels

Marriott’s Refresh of W Hotels and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Marriott indicates W Hotels will get a makeover, Google Maps was the most downloaded travel app in 2021, and Omicron batters European hotels.

Marriott’s Refresh of W Hotels and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tourism

Spain Projects Reaching 88 Percent of Pre-Covid Tourism Levels in 2022

Any projections that have Spain approaching close to pre-pandemic tourism figures this year seem awfully premature considering a recovery won't start until the spring and the country is dealing an enormous surge in Covid cases now.

Spain Projects Reaching 88 Percent of Pre-Covid Tourism Levels in 2022

Business Travel

Business Travel Shakeout Begins as Pfizer Axes Staff on Virtual Meetings Rise

As more companies are unveiling plans to send less staff on the road in years to come, corporate travel hitting pre-pandemic figures anytime soon is increasingly looking inconceivable.

Business Travel Shakeout Begins as Pfizer Axes Staff on Virtual Meetings Rise

Online Travel

New Online Travel Transparency Is Being Tested in Ecuador

After Covid put the travel industry under a microscope, Ecuador aims to define who’s who in the agencies segment, create a clearer environment for online sales, avoid embezzlements and improve the quality of professionals.

New Online Travel Transparency Is Being Tested in Ecuador

Airlines

United CEO Reports No Deaths Among Vaccinated Staff Despite 3,000 Covid Cases

Far too many companies have been hesitant to require their workers to get vaccinated, but they need to look at United's success in keeping more of its staff members safe in the face of Covid to see that vaccine mandates work.

United CEO Reports No Deaths Among Vaccinated Staff Despite 3,000 Covid Cases

Coronavirus

CDC Advises Americans Not to Travel to Canada

Many Americans, long fed up with travel restrictions, will likely ignore the CDC's warning — which would be a huge relief to Canadian businesses that still haven't recouped the billions of dollars lost due to the U.S.-Canada border being closed for much of the pandemic.

CDC Advises Americans Not to Travel to Canada

Tour Operators

Tour Operators Delay Lucrative Long-Haul Trips Yet Again on Omicron Curbs

Although tour operators are wise to try to limit the risks their guests might face during trips longer than two weeks, they need to find ways to resume these profitable trips immediately because their businesses can't take the further financial hits.

Tour Operators Delay Lucrative Long-Haul Trips Yet Again on Omicron Curbs

Online Travel

Barbados’ Foray Into Online Booking and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Barbados creates its own online travel booking platform, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky takes suggestions from Twitter followers about what the company should launch, and 2022 will likely see a large number of major deals in the hotel industry.

Barbados’ Foray Into Online Booking and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Airlines

China Targets 2023-2025 to Restore International Air Travel

China needs to move much faster to boost its struggling aviation industry because 2023 may be too late to rescue airlines battered by Covid restrictions.

China Targets 2023-2025 to Restore International Air Travel

Tour Operators

Travel Restrictions Force Tour Operators to Run More Single-Country Trips

Considering how much the appetite for single-country trips has grown in recent years, why go through the constant hassles of grappling with widely divergent protocols and testing requirements in a Covid era?

Travel Restrictions Force Tour Operators to Run More Single-Country Trips