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Coronavirus

Americas and Europe Give Airlines Biggest Boost: New Skift Recovery Index

There is still some weakness in the recovery of the airline sector, particularly in flight search levels and the pricing power of airlines. However, data from the Skift Recovery Index shows that flight bookings and capacity are making major strides toward pre-pandemic levels.

Americas and Europe Give Airlines Biggest Boost: New Skift Recovery Index

Travel Technology

Demystifying Hotel Tech Through New Data Dashboards From Skift Research

The Hotel Tech Benchmark dashboards and reports respond to a dire need from hoteliers, tech vendors, and investors alike. Understanding the makeup of hotel tech categories, and identifying growth opportunities, will help the industry drive its move towards digitization.

Demystifying Hotel Tech Through New Data Dashboards From Skift Research

Coronavirus

Dubai Expo Set to Kickstart the Emirati’s Tourism Sector: New Skift Recovery Index

Much is riding on the success of the Dubai Expo — not just for the Emirati. The Expo is undoubtedly the largest tourism-oriented event since the start of the pandemic. Many lessons will be learned from how the city state handles the coming months.

Dubai Expo Set to Kickstart the Emirati’s Tourism Sector: New Skift Recovery Index

Hotels

How Digitization Is Changing the Hotel Payment Landscape: New Skift Research

Hotels need to be where the consumers are. Offering digital and alternative payment options is key to benefitting from current trends, and this means working with fintech players that are able to offer these services by integrating into hotel tech systems.

How Digitization Is Changing the Hotel Payment Landscape: New Skift Research

Hotels

Why Hotels Need to Make Payment Tech a Priority: New Skift Research

Most hoteliers would rather not think about their payment tech, as long as it works. But payment habits are changing, and so is payment tech. Hoteliers — and hotel tech vendors and investors — will want to be on top of these changes, especially now that revenues are suppressed.

Why Hotels Need to Make Payment Tech a Priority: New Skift Research

Coronavirus

Global Recovery Stalls in July Amidst Delta Variant: New Skift Recovery Index

Uncertainty prevails as travel's recovery speeds up in some countries, while others see previous gains dissipating. Overall, the global recovery stalled at 65 percent of pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest findings from the Skift Recovery Index.

Global Recovery Stalls in July Amidst Delta Variant: New Skift Recovery Index

Coronavirus

Mexico Is First Country to Reach Pre-Pandemic Travel Level: New Skift Recovery Index

Mexico’s score increased to 100 index points, which indicates that the country’s travel industry has fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels. A momentous occasion, but a closer look shows that not all sectors are back to normal.

Mexico Is First Country to Reach Pre-Pandemic Travel Level: New Skift Recovery Index

Airlines

How Travel Loyalty Programs Cost the Environment: New Skift Research

Travel loyalty programs really are frequency programs. As frequency is directly linked to emissions in travel, how can travel companies find environmentally friendly ways to reward its most valuable customers?

How Travel Loyalty Programs Cost the Environment: New Skift Research

Coronavirus

European Tourism Turns a Corner Towards a Strong Recovery: New Skift Recovery Index

Europe is finally seeing its fortunes turning. Almost the whole continent saw cases dropping rapidly in May, with an immediate effect on travel's recovery. France, Italy, Spain, and Germany are the big winners, but the UK is on the eve of a contraction in our score.

European Tourism Turns a Corner Towards a Strong Recovery: New Skift Recovery Index

Short-Term Rentals

Professionalizing Short-Term Rental Sector Offers Opportunities for Operators: New Skift Research

Short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo are increasingly reliant on professional property managers to provide quality inventory. This considerably closes the gaps of service standards and reliability between the rental and hotel industries, which brings key opportunities for rental operators.

Professionalizing Short-Term Rental Sector Offers Opportunities for Operators: New Skift Research