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Costa Cruises Takes a Cue From Airlines With New Branded Fares

Costa Cruises Takes a Cue From Airlines With New Branded Fares

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruises have always been complicated to book, so we're curious if customers will appreciate Costa's new approach.

2 hours ago

4 Takeaways on the Future of Travel Distribution and the Accompanying Channel Shock

4 Takeaways on the Future of Travel Distribution and the Accompanying Channel Shock

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airlines around the world are looking to revamp their distribution and merchandising efforts. Most of the innovation is happening in Europe right now, but U.S. airlines are starting to experiment, as well.

2 hours ago

Interview: Ctrip CEO on Growth Strategies and Employee Empowerment

Interview: Ctrip CEO on Growth Strategies and Employee Empowerment

Jared Wein, Skift

Ctrip dominates online travel in China and will benefit from the continued shift from offline to online bookings. Additionally, the company is pushing more into the lucrative outbound market. We discuss these trends and more with CEO Jane Jie Sun.

3 hours ago

KLM Becomes First Non-Chinese Airline to Accept WeChat Pay

KLM Becomes First Non-Chinese Airline to Accept WeChat Pay

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM is a little less reliant on Chinese customers than other major airlines, but it's good to see the Dutch carrier taking the chance on a new way of accepting payments. We're betting it'll work out well for KLM. And we suspect other airlines will follow.

3 hours ago

Appealing to Gen Z and Everyone Else — Meetings Innovation Report

Appealing to Gen Z and Everyone Else — Meetings Innovation Report

Deanna Ting, Skift

While this week's Meetings Innovation Report takes a closer look at how to craft meetings for younger participants, from Generation Z to millennials, the truth is that all of these strategies make for more engaging, entertaining, and meaningful events.

4 hours ago

Chefs+Tech: Elements of Fine Dining Creep into Fast-Casual

Chefs+Tech: Elements of Fine Dining Creep into Fast-Casual

Kristen Hawley, Chefs+Tech

The term "fast-casual" seems loosely defined as fast food steps up its game and full service restaurants become more casual to adapt to changing times. Now, some of the elements that define fine dining are showing up in more casual formats. Lines = blurred.

4 hours ago

TripAdvisor May Have Signaled Merger Readiness With Severance Package Changes

TripAdvisor May Have Signaled Merger Readiness With Severance Package Changes

Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

The changes to golden parachute packages for TripAdvisor executives don't mean that some company is ready to swoop in tomorrow and acquire TripAdvisor — although we are not ruling it out, either. Still, the language changes sweeten the pot for management and perhaps incentivize such an outcome, according to the story.

5 hours ago

U.S. Widens Mexico Travel Advisory to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen

U.S. Widens Mexico Travel Advisory to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen

Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg

TV news shows often overstate the dangers of violent crime in resort areas. But it's true that emboldened narcos are threatening to burst the bubble that has protected beachgoers.

13 hours ago

Ryanair Is Trying to Be Friendlier But It’s Still Hard to Love

Ryanair Is Trying to Be Friendlier But It’s Still Hard to Love

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Ryanair might have made itself more attractive to consumers by eliminating some of its nastier habits but it sometimes struggles to get a sympathetic hearing from governments, regulators, and employees.

15 hours ago

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How Ineffective Hotel Audits Are Causing Companies to Overspend

How Ineffective Hotel Audits Are Causing Companies to Overspend

BCD Travel + Skift

Companies put a lot of time and effort into creating a successful hotel program–– but without regular rate auditing, they may be leaving money on the table.

17 hours ago

Travelport Signs MakeMyTrip Deal as the India Online Travel Agency Diversifies Its Distributors for Now

Travelport Signs MakeMyTrip Deal as the India Online Travel Agency Diversifies Its Distributors for Now

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelport's distribution deal with India's largest online travel agency suggests that it can punch above its weight. But Travelport still faces a struggle against its much larger competitors.

17 hours ago

Paris Hotel Guest Numbers at a 10-Year High

Paris Hotel Guest Numbers at a 10-Year High

Associated Press

It's been a general truism that destinations can often bounce back, at least tourism wise, from isolated — but tragic — terrorist incidents. It has taken awhile, but it appears Paris is certainly back.

18 hours ago