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Airlines

Hong Kong Giving Away 500,000 Flights to Boost Tourism

Clearly no budgetary concerns for this new six-month "Hello Hong Kong" campaign, considering the cost of flying these days. But with only Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Express and Hong Kong Airlines participating, many other carriers will be feeling left out.

Hong Kong Giving Away 500,000 Flights to Boost Tourism

Travel Booking

President Biden Steps Up Campaign to Abolish Airline and Hotel ‘Junk Fees’

The White House first raised concerns that airlines and hotels weren't properly disclosing all its fees upfront. Now it's going a step further with the President calling on the industries to strip those fees.

President Biden Steps Up Campaign to Abolish Airline and Hotel ‘Junk Fees’

Tourism

Hilton CEO Calls for Immediate Action on Visa Backlogs

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at the U.S.’s inbound visa backlog, TripAction’s rebranding, and Hawaiian Air’s earnings.

Hilton CEO Calls for Immediate Action on Visa Backlogs

Skift Meetings

A Viable Net-Zero Trade Show Booth

Creating fully carbon-neutral trade shows may still be a mirage, but exhibitors wanting to cut their carbon emissions can now realistically do so. Here is one example of how to be a green exhibitor.

A Viable Net-Zero Trade Show Booth

Daily Lodging Report

U.S. Fed Slows Tightening, Hotel Investors Set to Act

The DJIA rose 7 points but Nasdaq surged 232, the S&P 500 was up 43 points and the 10-year treasury yield plunged .13 to 3.40%. This was all on the Fed giving Wall Street what they wanted with only a .25 interest rate hike and more dovish comments.

Travel Technology

A Founder Who Is Refocusing His Mapping App Toward Generative AI

Matthew Rosenberg is not waiting around for generative AI to push him out of a job. He is attempting to do what the rest of the industry should be doing as well — leveraging new tech to build something for the future.

A Founder Who Is Refocusing His Mapping App Toward Generative AI

Media and PR

Meta Reports Travel Was Fourth Quarter Bright Spot

Meta can expect travel to continue its strength considering the industry’s performance versus tech and other sectors.

Meta Reports Travel Was Fourth Quarter Bright Spot

News Blog

International Travel Volume to U.S. Rose 61 Percent to Over 4 million in November

The number of international visitors to the U.S. reached 4.6 million in November, up 61 percent year over year, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. November’s volume represented 76 percent of pre-pandemic November 2019’s. Last month, the National Travel and Tourism Office reported international visitor spending rose 57 percent year over year to…

Travel Technology

Mondee Acquires Brazilian Online Travel Marketplace Orinter for $40 Million

Mondee began its journey of expanding offerings via seven acquisitions during the pandemic. Now it's starting another acquisition spree, and all signs point to that being a good move.

Mondee Acquires Brazilian Online Travel Marketplace Orinter for $40 Million

Online Travel

Online Travel Companies Make a Bundle Investing Customer Cash

The major thing new in online travel companies holding onto customer cash and investing it is that interest rates are a lot higher, and they are taking advantage. The rich get richer.

Online Travel Companies Make a Bundle Investing Customer Cash

Tourism

Hilton CEO Says U.S. Government Needs to Act Now on Visa Backlogs

Today's U.S. policy is a de facto boycott on travelers from countries such as India and Mexico. Senseless. Plus: Hilton's CEO Chris Nassetta is lobbying to get funding for a new assistant secretary position for tourism and wants to reform U.S. air travel.

Hilton CEO Says U.S. Government Needs to Act Now on Visa Backlogs