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Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has formally entered the meetings and events sector with a simple widget and landing page. It will be much more interesting when Airbnb decides to use its platform to sell actual meeting space to organizers, since a global race is on among technology platforms to crack the online booking market for small and simple meetings.

4 hours ago

How to Make Abu Dhabi a Real Destination and Not Just a Stopover

How to Make Abu Dhabi a Real Destination and Not Just a Stopover

Colin Nagy, Skift

Abu Dhabi has a long way to go to become a destination and not just a stopover. Here are some ideas.

4 hours ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Melia’s COO on Achieving Global Scale

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Melia’s COO on Achieving Global Scale

Patrick Whyte, Skift

In the tier below the big six hotel companies are a raft of others, jostling for position. Melia Hotels is one of the biggest players in Europe and it will be interesting to hear how it differentiates itself from the competition.

5 hours ago

Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche

Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche

Hannah Sampson, Skift

More people are visiting hard-to-reach destinations, and the travel companies that take them there are reckoning with the impact of the higher volume of tourists. How much growth is too much? We'll probably find out in the coming years.

5 hours ago

Risking Jail Time for a Better Business Travel Experience

Risking Jail Time for a Better Business Travel Experience

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Employees game business travel rules all the time. Now that Scott Pruitt has been outed for trying to take advantage of U.S. taxpayers, it's worth considering the fact that nobody really wants to fly in economy class or stay in a crappy hotel.

6 hours ago

Luxury Luggage Brand Rimowa Wants to Sell More Than Suitcases

Luxury Luggage Brand Rimowa Wants to Sell More Than Suitcases

Joao Lima, Bloomberg

Sales of Rimowa's grooved aluminum suitcases are growing by an estimated 30 percent a year. But brand extensions beyond luggage could turn out to be a case study in dreams that go undelivered.

17 hours ago

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Experts say it's hard to fully identify potential weaknesses in jet engine metal. With so much attention focused on the issue following the Southwest engine explosion, new and better techniques should be developed.

18 hours ago

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The Inaugural National Business Traveler Day Launches April 24

The Inaugural National Business Traveler Day Launches April 24

Upside + Skift

There are millions of U.S. business travelers driving the national economy forward, who have to navigate today's fractured travel ecosystem both online and offline. National Business Traveler Day is about acknowledging those people and the job they do amid many challenges.

19 hours ago

Booking Holdings Buys Activities Distribution Startup FareHarbor

Booking Holdings Buys Activities Distribution Startup FareHarbor

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Only a couple of years ago, the CEO of family-owned activities distributor FareHarbor said the company would never sell. But never say never. For Booking Holdings, this is further proof that the giant wants to be full-service.

21 hours ago

Scandal-Tainted Wynn Resorts Adds Women to Its Board

Scandal-Tainted Wynn Resorts Adds Women to Its Board

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

It may be too little, too late, for Wynn Resorts, which has received low marks for corporate governance for years. Now, after its legendary founder Steve Wynn resigned in February over sexual harassment allegations, the gaming and hotel giant is adding women to its board. Is this an attempt to make the company more attractive to potential buyers?

21 hours ago

InterContinental Hotels CEO Isn’t Worried About Brexit

InterContinental Hotels CEO Isn’t Worried About Brexit

Manus Cranny and Yousef Gamal El-Din, Bloomberg

As the UK only represents a small portion of IHG's overall business, CEO Keith Barr doesn't need to worry too much about Brexit. The truth is nobody really knows exactly what kind of impact it is going to have, especially as both sides have yet to agree divorce terms.

22 hours ago

An Aviation Schmooze Fest Reveals a Passenger’s Wish List for Jet Travel

An Aviation Schmooze Fest Reveals a Passenger’s Wish List for Jet Travel

Brian Sumers, Skift

Yes, there's some innovation on display at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. But mostly, the three-day show is about networking and building relationships.

1 day ago