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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

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Mexico Is First to Reach Pre-2020 Travel Levels: 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 to Reach Pre-2020 Travel Levels: 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

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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

Coronavirus

Travel’s Rebound Is Becoming Even More Unequal: New Skift Recovery Index

The travel recovery continues, but the strong performance of a few standout countries, including the U.S., Mexico, and China, disguises continuing weakness in especially Europe and Asia.

Travel’s Rebound Is Becoming Even More Unequal: New Skift Recovery Index

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The Short-Term Rental Landscape Will Never Be the Same: New Skift Research

Short-term or vacation rentals are being touted as the winners of the pandemic, and in many ways the sector is taking big steps to becoming mainstream. But losers are emerging, too, and the impact of the pandemic will reverberate for years to come.

The Short-Term Rental Landscape Will Never Be the Same: New Skift Research

Airlines

Majority of Airlines Miss Environmental Efficiency Targets: New Skift Research

Fuel efficiency is integral to the bottom line of airline operators. Skift Research found that efficiency improvements fluctuate considerably by year and between companies. Most were unable to achieve efficiency goals set by the industry.

Majority of Airlines Miss Environmental Efficiency Targets: New Skift Research

Airlines

6 Major Airlines Ranked on Green Performance: New Skift Research

Pressure is growing on airlines to reduce their carbon emissions. But how do you do that when you burn through gallons of jet fuel? Our analysis found that airlines have made good progress in becoming more fuel efficient, but have a long way to go to make significant reductions in emissions long-term.

6 Major Airlines Ranked on Green Performance: New Skift Research

Coronavirus

U.S. Travel Rebound Getting Stronger: New Skift Recovery Index

A lot of positive vibes came from the travel industry during March. Many countries performed strongly in our Skift Recovery Index, with U.S. key indicators, in particular, up across the board.

U.S. Travel Rebound Getting Stronger: New Skift Recovery Index