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Airbnb Reinstates Domio Listings After Scandal Cost CEO His Job

Airbnb Reinstates Domio Listings After Scandal Cost CEO His Job

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Despite Brian Chesky’s rhetoric about Airbnb needing to return to its local connections mission and roots, the economics point to Airbnb needing Domio- and Sonder-like listings. Even if it means negative publicity pre-IPO.

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Biosafety-First Airport Terminal and 10 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Biosafety-First Airport Terminal and 10 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In top travel stories this week, Skift wrote about a contactless-tech airport terminal, 2022 as the earliest coronavirus recovery, Marriott's CEO talking about hygiene theater, United pointing to its future scaled-down size, and plenty more.

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China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In some respects, travel companies are prisoners of their geographic strengths and weaknesses in the Covid-19 era. Operational considerations aside, it sure didn't hurt Trip.com Group to be based in China.

2 days ago

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Skift Global Forum Video: A New View of Leisure Travel

Skift Global Forum Video: A New View of Leisure Travel

Expedia Group Media Solutions + Skift

In this Skift Global Forum presentation we hear from Monya Mandich, Expedia Vice President, Marketing, about the information and considerations that will drive travel decisions now and into the future. 

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Argentina Levies New Flyer Tax Just as Flight Ban About to Lift: Huh?

Argentina Levies New Flyer Tax Just as Flight Ban About to Lift: Huh?

Airline Weekly

Just in time for the end of Argentina's six-month ban on air travel, the government has imposed a new 35 percent tax on airline tickets. Governments in the region have long seen airlines as a cash cow to raise money.

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Marriott in Danger of Losing 122 Hotels to Much Smaller Brand

Marriott in Danger of Losing 122 Hotels to Much Smaller Brand

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Don't count the major brands out quite yet, but Sonesta's growth continues to fly in the face of industry belief that hotel owners will flock to bigger brand franchise agreements during the pandemic recovery.

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When the Future of Travel Meets the Reality of the Present World: Big Takeaways From Skift Global Forum 2020

When the Future of Travel Meets the Reality of the Present World: Big Takeaways From Skift Global Forum 2020

Rafat Ali , Skift

Best case scenario: one of the largest and most creative sectors in the world comes out of this much smaller, more nimble, and thrives in different ways than in the past.

2 days ago

Hotel Contactless Tech: What Will Stick and What Won’t?

Hotel Contactless Tech: What Will Stick and What Won’t?

Wouter Geerts, Skift

Contactless technology is being adopted in hotels at breakneck speed to ensure safe operations. Not all tech is created equal though. Skift Research looked at what tech has the momentum to continue growing after the pandemic fades.

2 days ago

Ad Firms Migrate From Hotels to Alternative Lodging Along With Consumers During Pandemic

Ad Firms Migrate From Hotels to Alternative Lodging Along With Consumers During Pandemic

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Alternative accommodations aren't very alternative anymore. It's time for the sector to get the ad tech tools it deserves.

2 days ago

Holidu Raises More Than $5 Million for Rental Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Holidu Raises More Than $5 Million for Rental Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Holidu has been winning the pandemic. It has become profitable thanks to a surge of interest in vacation rentals and holiday homes. Plus, other startup funding news.

2 days ago

Wyndham Hotels’ Routine Mobile App Upgrade Turns Out to Be Not So, Well, Routine

Wyndham Hotels’ Routine Mobile App Upgrade Turns Out to Be Not So, Well, Routine

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Wyndham's upgraded mobile app may seem like it is only catching up to what other brands like Hilton already offer, but it is a significant tech move ahead for the select-service and economy scale of the hotel market.

3 days ago

Is Rapid Coronavirus Testing at Airports Just Health Theater?

Is Rapid Coronavirus Testing at Airports Just Health Theater?

Airline Weekly

United Airlines will be the first U.S. airline to offer rapid-response testing for departing passengers to help them avoid Hawaii's 14-day quarantine, but is this an effective public health strategy? Testing can miss passengers who were infected at the airport or even a day or two earlier.

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