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British Airways Freezes Cairo Flights as Security Precaution

British Airways Freezes Cairo Flights as Security Precaution

Lisa Lee, Bloomberg

The seven-day suspension might seem interminably long for travelers whose plans have been disrupted. But given escalating regional tensions with Iran — not to mention the history of terrorist attacks against tourists in Egypt and the October 2015 bomb explosion that destroyed a Russian airliner — action by British Airways is well warranted despite scant details.

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Google Takes a Stand in D.C. and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google Takes a Stand in D.C. and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Tom Lowry, Skift

This week in digital travel news, a Google exec testified before Congress that the tech giant is not a travel monopoly, and Delta Air Lines is seeing stronger direct bookings because of its loyalty program. What's more, Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta, a speaker at the upcoming Skift Global Forum in New York, talks about tech innovations and brands.

8 hours ago

Paris Grapples With Mass Tourism Amid Growing Local Hostility

Paris Grapples With Mass Tourism Amid Growing Local Hostility

Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg

The tourist backlash by Parisian residents isn't nearly in the same league as hostilities in Venice or Amsterdam by far, but like any popular destination, the City of Light is having to face up to the impact of overtourism. Government officials are devising methods to better manage the negative effects, which is a trend that will continue to gain momentum.

10 hours ago

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Executive Q&A: Steven Taylor, Accor’s Chief Marketing Officer, on the Brand’s Approach to Design

Executive Q&A: Steven Taylor, Accor’s Chief Marketing Officer, on the Brand’s Approach to Design

Accor Group + Skift

Design touches every aspect of our lives, so the idea that it impacts every corner of the hospitality industry should come as no surprise. For the Accor Group, design serves a bigger purpose than just looking aesthetically pleasing.

2 days ago

Renaming the Boeing 737 Max and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Renaming the Boeing 737 Max and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in aviation, we look at whether Boeing should rebrand the 737 Max to convince the public to fly the now-infamous aircraft. We also have United's second-quarter earnings, including its views on developing its fleet, and stories on Newark and Atlanta airports.

11 hours ago

New Lionsgate Indoor Park in China Has a Hunger Games Theme for Adults

New Lionsgate Indoor Park in China Has a Hunger Games Theme for Adults

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Props to Lionsgate World for inventing a theme parks aimed at a date night crowd rather than kids. Guests can flee murderous wasps themed after the popular Hunger Games books and shows. Hopefully they can have fun without forming any murderous love triangles.

13 hours ago

Quelle Surprise! EasyJet Hates the Idea of France’s New Eco Tax

Quelle Surprise! EasyJet Hates the Idea of France’s New Eco Tax

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The aviation industry's impact on the environment is only going to grow over the coming years as air travel increases across the world. Increasing taxes might force airlines to find new solutions while also raising money to fund more sustainable forms of transport.

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Boeing Will Take a Nearly $5 Billion Charge for 737 Max Costs

Boeing Will Take a Nearly $5 Billion Charge for 737 Max Costs

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

For a long time, Boeing acted like this was no big deal, a minor blip for the company. It's increasingly clear that wasn't correct.

2 days ago

Oyo Founder Spends $2 Billion to Triple Stake

Oyo Founder Spends $2 Billion to Triple Stake

Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

It's a significant show of strength from the founder and gives him a bit more control over the company's future direction. It also makes the company almost as valuable as hotel giants like IHG ($12.5 billion) and Accor ($11.7 billion), a pretty remarkable state of affairs given it was founded in 2013.

2 days ago

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Rosie Spinks , Skift

Tourism pledges are commonly thought of as a way to improve visitor behavior. But done right, they can also potentially help attract a desirable kind of traveler: one who cares about the environment as much as locals.

2 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Hilton’s Tech Innovations Drive Brand Growth

Skift Global Forum Preview: Hilton’s Tech Innovations Drive Brand Growth

Danni Santana, Skift

Hilton understands the true conundrum of running a hotel business: Customer preferences will always change faster than the market can react. That is why the company has invested throughout the customer experience, from booking to loyalty partnerships, to keep guests happy.

2 days ago

EasyParcel Raises $10 Million for Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

EasyParcel Raises $10 Million for Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In the past seven days, travel startups announced more than $216 million in funding. But the hot market deserves a warning that paraphrases Fleetwood Mac: Investors only love you when they're investing. Funding will come and it will go. When the rain washes you clean you'll know. You'll know.

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