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Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow?

Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow?

Tova Cohen and John Geddie, Reuters

Drones have been both a bane and a gift to the travel industry. A problem for airports and airlines, for sure, but a treasure to travel marketers filming from above. This looks like another way in which they will be applauded by tourism officials.

14 hours ago

Booking.com’s Deep Cuts and 12 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Booking.com’s Deep Cuts and 12 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In another busy week of coronavirus coverage at Skift, there were stories about digital nomads, the contrasting outlook of Airbnb's boss versus Expedia's, and investor calls from numerous hotel companies.

16 hours ago

Hotels Aren’t Putting People Back to Work Like Other Industries

Hotels Aren’t Putting People Back to Work Like Other Industries

Cameron Sperance, Skift

U.S. hotel industry employment has improved by 11 points since April, but a stalled recovery and fading summer has analysts cautioning of a pending winter jobs decline.

1 day ago

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The 2020 Digital Transformation Report

The 2020 Digital Transformation Report

AWS Travel and Hospitality + Skift

In this report, Skift and Amazon Web Services explore the state of digital transformation in the travel and hospitality sector, providing a benchmark for executives to follow as they gauge their own progress with this critical discipline.

5 days ago

U.S.-China Tensions Could Roil Internet Usage Rules, Hurting Online Travel: Booking CEO

U.S.-China Tensions Could Roil Internet Usage Rules, Hurting Online Travel: Booking CEO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

All of the world's consumers and businesses will suffer if governments turn the internet into a "splinternet." Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel is one of rare U.S. public figures to say this out loud.

1 day ago

Pandemic Spoils Copa’s Record, Panamanian Carrier Posts First Quarterly Loss in 2 Decades

Pandemic Spoils Copa’s Record, Panamanian Carrier Posts First Quarterly Loss in 2 Decades

Airline Weekly

Airline executives call the pandemic the worst crisis in air transport’s century of existence. And when you look at Copa Airlines’ second-quarter results, it’s easy to see why they say that. The Panamanian carrier reported that its second-quarter passenger traffic fell a stunning 99.7 percent.

2 days ago

Sabre Preps for a World Where Global Corporate Travel Lags a Broader Rebound

Sabre Preps for a World Where Global Corporate Travel Lags a Broader Rebound

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A crisis makes reputations. Sabre's top bosses have seen the pandemic render useless their old playbook for handling a collapse in demand. They have to get creative.

2 days ago

Tripadvisor Sees a Traffic Rebound But Revenue Still Lagging

Tripadvisor Sees a Traffic Rebound But Revenue Still Lagging

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tripadvisor has no easy path to better growth rates and profit. But in good news, consumers are returning to its brands to plan trips, and revenue will likely follow over time.

2 days ago

How One Upscale Australian Hotel Group Used the Crisis to Rethink Everything

How One Upscale Australian Hotel Group Used the Crisis to Rethink Everything

Cameron Sperance and Sean O'Neill, Skift

"A fashion executive and a tech geek walk into a hotel bar ..." But instead of being the start of a bad joke, this is the start of a good story about creativity during a crisis.

2 days ago

New Etihad Airways Wellness Ambassador Assigned to Make You Feel Safer in the Skies

New Etihad Airways Wellness Ambassador Assigned to Make You Feel Safer in the Skies

Korey Matthews, Skift

Etihad has created a new onboard role to help travelers feel more comfortable — and safe — during this challenging time.

2 days ago

Airside Raises Millions From Bain Capital for Digital Identity Tools: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Airside Raises Millions From Bain Capital for Digital Identity Tools: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, startups relevant to the travel sector announced more than $24 million in funding. Their very startup-y sounding names are Airside, Breezeway, and Delightree.

2 days ago

Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A hotel price war hasn't materialized as some dreaded. Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel sees an opportunity to prove the value of his brands as a source of demand for hotels and managers of alternative accommodations.

2 days ago