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Business Travel

Travel Venture Capital, Airbnb Transparency and Real AI Biz Travel

Today's podcast looks at the state of venture capital, Airbnb's California pricing display, and corporate travel's move to AI.

Travel Venture Capital, Airbnb Transparency and Real AI Biz Travel

Daily Lodging Report

IHG Plans to Double Hotel Indigo Portfolio 

IHG Hotels & Resorts plans to double the Hotel Indigo portfolio within three to five years, adding new properties in diverse locations such as the Cayman Islands, Oman, Mexico, and more, with several openings scheduled throughout 2024.

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb to Display Total Price by Default in California to Comply With New Law

Varying state laws on price transparency may become confusing for consumers and a more complex issue for short-term rental providers.

Airbnb to Display Total Price by Default in California to Comply With New Law

Startups

Travel Venture Capital Hit a Decade Low in 2023: Where the Growth Is Now – Skift Research

Travel venture capital hit a decade low of $2.9 billion in 2023, but early 2024 signals a rebound with increased investments from Asia and the Middle East and a focus on experiences and AI.

Travel Venture Capital Hit a Decade Low in 2023: Where the Growth Is Now – Skift Research

Hotels

Travel Tech Startup Lighthouse Buys HQ Revenue in Talent Grab

Lighthouse, the travel startup formerly known as OTA Insight, has bought Berlin-based HQ revenue. The deal marks another step in Lighthouse's strategy of expanding through talent and technology acquisition rather than accumulating customer lists.

Travel Tech Startup Lighthouse Buys HQ Revenue in Talent Grab

Tourism

Over 1,000 Die in Hajj Pilgrimage Amid Global Heatwave

As Saudi Arabia battles a fatal heatwave that has claimed over 1,000 lives during the Hajj pilgrimage, the global heat crisis continues to intensify.

Over 1,000 Die in Hajj Pilgrimage Amid Global Heatwave

Announcements

All You Need to Know About Skift Global Forum

A one-stop shop with answers to most of your questions about the best event in travel, Skift Global Forum, and what to expect.

All You Need to Know About Skift Global Forum

Tourism

One Price for Locals … 6x for Tourists? When Foreigners Pay More

The two-tier pricing debate enters its Japanese edition with businesses trying to strike a balance between catering to loyal local customers while staying true to Omotenashi (Japanese hospitality).

One Price for Locals … 6x for Tourists? When Foreigners Pay More

Podcasts

What the Heck Is Regenerative Tourism, Anyway?

The goal of regenerative tourism is to leave destinations and the environment better off than they would have been without tourism. But is it really new? And how can we know if it's working?

What the Heck Is Regenerative Tourism, Anyway?

Skift Research

Venture Investment Trends in Travel 2024

Venture Capital investment in travel hit a decade low of $2.9B in 2023, but early 2024 suggests a rebound, with larger deals, growing Asian and Middle Eastern investments, and a focus on tours & experiences, AI and hospitality employment.

Venture Investment Trends in Travel 2024

Business Travel

Here’s How AI Can Help Fix Business Travel. Eventually

Mastercard found that nine in 10 travel decision-makers plan on investing in AI and machine learning to improve processes and personalize travel for employees.

Here’s How AI Can Help Fix Business Travel. Eventually