Rashaad Jorden

Rashaad often delves into topics that readers turn to Ask Skift, our AI chatbot, for information. 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

Trump Close to Offloading D.C. Hotel and 8 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. is on the verge of being sold, the new CEO of Standard International outlines her plans, and Americans are spilt on whether mandatory vaccine mandates should be issued for airline passengers.

Trump Close to Offloading D.C. Hotel and 8 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tour Operators

Refugee-Led Tours Fight Pandemic Struggles to Expand Trips for Locals

Even if tourism companies are struggling to resume operations paused by Covid — let alone approach pre-pandemic levels — they must devise new ways to reach audiences interested in their products, even those tourists in their backyards. Especially if they've been popular, like many refugee-led tours have been.

Refugee-Led Tours Fight Pandemic Struggles to Expand Trips for Locals

Hotels

Wyndham’s New Resort Brand and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Wyndham makes major inroads in the all-inclusive resort sector, Delta Air Lines explains why it hasn't required its employees to get vaccinated, and South Korea launches an enormously popular tourism campaign.

Wyndham’s New Resort Brand and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Tourism

Thailand’s Tourism Will Still Fall Short as Economy Sees Gains on Fewer Covid Curbs

Although Thailand's economy is showing signs of progress, the government needs to increase vaccination rates to ensure a stronger recovery — especially for its tourism industry.

Thailand’s Tourism Will Still Fall Short as Economy Sees Gains on Fewer Covid Curbs

Tour Operators

U.S. Tour Operators Are Making These Preparations for November’s Influx of Global Visitors

While major U.S. tour operators might have been surprised by the timing of the reopening announcement, they've been extensively preparing for this moment for a long time in their devastating, forced respite due to pandemic lockdowns.

U.S. Tour Operators Are Making These Preparations for November’s Influx of Global Visitors

Ground Transport

Hertz Taps Former Ford Boss as Its Interim CEO

While leading any major company will bring enormous challenges, Mark Fields is fortunate he can devote his focus at Hertz to matters other than bankruptcy.

Hertz Taps Former Ford Boss as Its Interim CEO

Tourism

UK to Lift Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Vaccinated Visitors From More Countries

The UK travel industry can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel as the gradual easing of the country's numerous travel restrictions should lead to a surge in bookings.

UK to Lift Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Vaccinated Visitors From More Countries

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