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The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019

The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019

Hannah Sampson, Skift

From the rise of undertourism to blurred lines in hospitality to travelers' demand for control, these are the Megatrends in travel we're watching for 2019.

3 hours ago

Why Iceland’s Tourism Boom May Finally Be Over

Why Iceland’s Tourism Boom May Finally Be Over

Isaac Carey, Skift

Tourism grew to one-third of Iceland's economy in 2015, boosting the country's dependency on the sector. But things are likely changing, and it's unclear what comes next.

3 hours ago

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

The Philippines wants cruise dollars. But Boracay, which has reopened after some rehabilitation, does not. The island is a key cruise stop but can carry only so much. Tourism authorities and cruise lines should work out the sums.

4 hours ago

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Skift Global Forum Recap: How Airlines Can Maximize the Results of Ancillary Merchandising

Skift Global Forum Recap: How Airlines Can Maximize the Results of Ancillary Merchandising

Airlines have reaped huge rewards in recent years from sales of ancillary products. But as we discovered during this Skift Global Forum panel, their future success is by no means assured. Airlines will need to learn to think more like retailers, using what they know about customers to deliver the right products and services that meet passengers’ constantly changing needs.

1 week ago

Moving Beyond High-End Transformative Travel

Moving Beyond High-End Transformative Travel

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Luxury travel companies are trying to move beyond outdated concepts surrounding high-end travel. We'll have to wait and see how serious they all are.

5 hours ago

Delta Air Lines Has a $25 Million Reason to Hate the U.S. Shutdown

Delta Air Lines Has a $25 Million Reason to Hate the U.S. Shutdown

Brian Sumers, Skift

Delta is losing about $25 million in revenue this month because of the partial government shutdown. For such a big company, that's not a big number. But clearly Delta would like the government to reopen, and executives spent a good portion of their earnings call discussing it.

15 hours ago

Qatar Airways Doubles Down on Threat to Boycott Oneworld

Qatar Airways Doubles Down on Threat to Boycott Oneworld

Layan Odeh and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

After months of hostility with other airlines, Qatar Airways still hasn't backed down. Its president says it doesn't need Oneworld, but is that really true?

17 hours ago

Breaking Down the U.S. Airline Industry By Market Size: New Skift Research Estimates

Breaking Down the U.S. Airline Industry By Market Size: New Skift Research Estimates

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Want to understand the U.S. airline industry, but short on time? Our proprietary estimates will allow you to understand how the the market is changing, which airlines are growing fastest, and the most important operational metrics at a glance.

19 hours ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Government Shutdown Puts Agents on Edge

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Government Shutdown Puts Agents on Edge

Maria Lenhart, Skift

While the government shutdown had not yet had a serious impact on leisure travel business as of last week, many travel advisors became increasingly concerned about what a prolonged shutdown could mean.

19 hours ago

Travelers Not Yet Deterred by Shutdown But Agent Concerns Grow

Travelers Not Yet Deterred by Shutdown But Agent Concerns Grow

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The government shutdown is not yet a big problem for travel advisors and their clients, but it could become one if it doesn’t end soon. Airport security concerns and national park travel, which picks up in the spring, could become major issues.

19 hours ago

Luxury Italian Brands Fashion Travel Experiences

Luxury Italian Brands Fashion Travel Experiences

Laura Powell, Skift

What does it take to bring more high-end travelers to your destination? Offer them more high-end experiences. That's the aim of two new projects stemming out of Italy's luxury goods industry.

19 hours ago

China Warns Against Business Trips to U.S.

China Warns Against Business Trips to U.S.

Steven Yang and Sarah Chen, Bloomberg

Blowback from the Huawei spying scandal is starting as China discourages state enterprises from traveling to U.S. and its ally countries, especially with devices with sensitive information. It doesn't bode well for China's growing outbound travel for business.

20 hours ago