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How Thomas Cook’s European Businesses Are Now Divvied Up Among Rivals

How Thomas Cook’s European Businesses Are Now Divvied Up Among Rivals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook collected its fair share of brands over the years. Now rivals are picking over what remains of the group.

2 days ago

Where Did Expedia CEO Okerstrom Go Wrong and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Where Did Expedia CEO Okerstrom Go Wrong and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, Expedia is searching for replacements as two of the online travel giant's top executives announced their resignation this week. Meanwhile, Kayak is joining the short-term rental game as it plans to add additional services for guests.

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Virgin Galactic Celebrates a Year of Milestones in the Race to Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic Celebrates a Year of Milestones in the Race to Space Tourism

Associated Press

The company seems to be inching closer to actually launching commercial flights, though it still won't commit to a launch date. Many expect 2020 will be the year, but space tourism is an industry that hits a lot of snags.

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Will 2020 Be the Year APAC Finally Embraces Managed Travel?

Will 2020 Be the Year APAC Finally Embraces Managed Travel?

Travelstop + Skift

Companies across APAC have embraced business travel as a way to fuel ambitious growth and generate eye-popping revenues. Now, companies are formalizing their corporate travel policies and using software solutions to better manage travel spend and drive efficiencies. With tools like Travelstop gaining market share, next year could be the tipping point for professionalized business travel booking in Asia.

2 days ago

How to Make It in Short-Term Rentals and 10 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

How to Make It in Short-Term Rentals and 10 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in hospitality, a former Airbnb executive gives the lowdown on what it takes to make it in the short-term rental sector. Plus growth is on the horizon for the small but mighty hotel brand Soneva as two funds plan to invest in an expansion.

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What’s Behind Executive Burnout in Travel and 10 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

What’s Behind Executive Burnout in Travel and 10 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, careers can be demanding — that's just a fact — and for those working in the nonstop travel industry, a burnout is even more likely to happen. Meanwhile, cruises will grow in spite of any recession, or at least that's what two top cruising executives think.

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Guests May Still Be Hesitant to Visit Disney’s Latest Star Wars Land

Guests May Still Be Hesitant to Visit Disney’s Latest Star Wars Land

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Looks like Disney's second Star Wars park is turning out to be another Phantom Menace. Maybe involving Baby Yoda, Star Wars' latest big hit, will bring some fresh ideas to attract hesitant vacationers.

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Allegiant Air Reimagined and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Allegiant Air Reimagined and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, Allegiant Air continues to top its economic growth, but it isn't slowing down as the airline revamps its business model to be more of a travel company. Meanwhile, the European airline industry can't seem to catch a break as Lufthansa faces a potential fine by the end of the year.

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5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The short-term rental market is a long-term growth sector. Yet its dynamics are being upended as professional management becomes popular and online travel companies seek smarter ways to sell the lodging. Here are several takeaways from Skift's first event to focus on the sector's opportunities.

2 days ago

Can Luxury and Green Travel Comfortably Coexist?

Can Luxury and Green Travel Comfortably Coexist?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

As conferences like ILTM get larger — and concepts like luxury and sustainability infiltrate more sectors and price points of the travel industry — it can start to feel like the overuse of these terms is a red flag of sorts.

2 days ago

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

David Koenig, Associated Press

The Department of Homeland security seems to have bowed to public pressure on a plan to introduce facial screening for American citizens. But it's still using the practice on foreign visitors — something not all travelers will be happy with.

2 days ago

AirAsia Group Launches Yet Another New Route: Music

AirAsia Group Launches Yet Another New Route: Music

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Go on, roll your eyes. When you're done, think again and you might see the strategic value of AirAsia's grand music masterplan.

2 days ago