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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Business Travel

Corp Travel Agencies Before and After the Pandemic and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, numerous large corporate travel agencies have made big changes since the pandemic, unions representing pilots at two U.S. airline giants seek exemptions from vaccine mandates, and two major U.S. hotel management companies announce plans to merge.

Corp Travel Agencies Before and After the Pandemic and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tour Operators

How One Tour Operator Is Using a 1977 Hit Tune to Lure Back Travelers

A powerful, succinct message coupled with humor can go a long way in drumming up more interest in a product — and drive people to buy when there's already a high demand.

How One Tour Operator Is Using a 1977 Hit Tune to Lure Back Travelers

Airlines

European Airlines Agree to Refund Passengers After Pandemic Cancellations

It's about time that the airlines refund passengers since it was clear they were violating European Union consumer rules during the early days of the pandemic.

European Airlines Agree to Refund Passengers After Pandemic Cancellations

Tourism

What the Travel Industry Can Learn From My Autistic Sister Adia

The high percentage of parents with autistic children not taking family vacations reflects the travel industry's inability to largely address the needs of autistic travelers. Thus many travel companies have missed out on a lucrative travel market because of their inaction.

What the Travel Industry Can Learn From My Autistic Sister Adia

Coronavirus

U.S. Eases Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Global Travelers and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, the U.S. announces it's reopening to fully vaccinated overseas air travelers, Expedia Group consolidates its three three loyalty programs, and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky envisions remote work enabling employees to live in less-expensive areas.

U.S. Eases Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Global Travelers and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tourism

U.S. Destinations Rush Plans to Welcome Return of International Visitors

Those U.S. destinations that have stayed ready during the pandemic for the return of international visitors don't have to waste valuable time getting prepped. The White House's unexpected relaxation of rules, however, has tourism officials scrambling.

U.S. Destinations Rush Plans to Welcome Return of International Visitors

Tourism

Can Tourism Go Outside Its Comfort Zone by Confronting Social Issues Head-On?

The message from these two outspoken speakers was clear: the travel industry must go beyond easy rhetoric on diversity to be inclusive, and community-minded. Copping out is not an option.

Can Tourism Go Outside Its Comfort Zone by Confronting Social Issues Head-On?

Coronavirus

Australia in Step to Reopen Will Test Quarantine for Vaxxed Global Travelers

If Australian officials deem the home quarantine scheme to be a success, expect the government to give more consideration to opening up the country for tourism sooner.

Australia in Step to Reopen Will Test Quarantine for Vaxxed Global Travelers

Airlines

JetBlue-American Partnership Draws Scrutiny of U.S. Senator Over Airfares

An increase in airfares could contribute to reducing airline passenger numbers. That would be another blow for an industry still suffering from damage caused by Covid variants.

JetBlue-American Partnership Draws Scrutiny of U.S. Senator Over Airfares

Business Travel

How Long Before Covid Tours Become Part of the Dark Tourism Trend?

Tour operators are understandably expressing no desire to launch Covid-related tours while the pandemic is still ongoing. But as themes like death and tragedy already feature prominently in numerous trips, history suggests some tour operators will eventually include visits to Covid memorials in their offerings.

How Long Before Covid Tours Become Part of the Dark Tourism Trend?