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Startups

Hotel Tech and Business Travel: Startups Raise $71 Million

Five travel startups announced fundraises over the past week totaling more than $70 million.

Hotel Tech and Business Travel: Startups Raise $71 Million

Short-Term Rentals

StayVista’s Co-Founder Thinks Indians Are Finally Ready to Embrace Alternative Stays

Indian travelers now seek flexible accommodation options, and the alternative stay industry is racing to keep up with the demand. StayVista claims to bridge the trust gap that has historically plagued the sector.

StayVista’s Co-Founder Thinks Indians Are Finally Ready to Embrace Alternative Stays

Airlines

Emirates Skywards Chief Shares Six Airline Loyalty Lessons

In a break from the strategy of many U.S. airlines, Emirates’ Skywards program is being used to boost loyalty for the airline without a heavy financial focus.

Emirates Skywards Chief Shares Six Airline Loyalty Lessons

Airlines

A Lump Sum and Flight Benefits: American Airlines Posts Severance Package for Former Exec Vasu Raja

Vasu Raja’s severance package includes a payout of his base salary until January 31, 2025 and flight benefits. He’s also eligible to receive a lump sum payout of $968,750 after the severance period ends.

A Lump Sum and Flight Benefits: American Airlines Posts Severance Package for Former Exec Vasu Raja

Short-Term Rentals

Vrbo in Major Reversal on Guest Refund Policies

If Vrbo's new host cancellation policy looks familiar, it's not dissimilar from the one Airbnb imposed a few months ago.

Vrbo in Major Reversal on Guest Refund Policies

Airlines

Air Taxis to LAX? Southwest in Deal With Archer Aviation 

The partnership between Southwest and Archer Aviation will bring eVTOLs to California airports, but the timeline is currently unclear.

Air Taxis to LAX? Southwest in Deal With Archer Aviation 

Hotels

The Latest Numbers Behind Hotel Groups’ Bet on Credit Card Rewards

Hotel groups have been expanding the reach of their loyalty programs to include a wider base of consumers while trying to maintain their appeal to frequent travelers. It's a tough trick to pull off.

The Latest Numbers Behind Hotel Groups’ Bet on Credit Card Rewards

Startups

Venture Capital Investment in 2024 – Skift Travel Podcast

Venture capital investment in the travel industry has decreased substantially in recent years.

Venture Capital Investment in 2024 – Skift Travel Podcast

Tourism

Travel Bookings to Miami Surge as Messi Plays in Copa America Final

Argentines are going to be out in droves to see their team play for the championship. It'll be a boost for international tourism to the U.S.

Travel Bookings to Miami Surge as Messi Plays in Copa America Final

Skift Meetings

Austin to Expand its Convention Center, But Faces 4 Years Without It

The Austin Convention Center is closing for a $1.6 billion redevelopment. The city is stressing that it will still be open for events business.

Austin to Expand its Convention Center, But Faces 4 Years Without It

Airlines

Lufthansa Group Cuts Outlook as Flagship Carrier Struggles to Break Even

The Lufthansa Group lowered its outlook for 2024 due to negative market trends — particularly in Asia — and aircraft delivery delays that have afflicted most of the industry.

Lufthansa Group Cuts Outlook as Flagship Carrier Struggles to Break Even