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Wyndham Hotels’ Routine Mobile App Upgrade Turns Out to Be Not So, Well, Routine

Wyndham Hotels’ Routine Mobile App Upgrade Turns Out to Be Not So, Well, Routine

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Wyndham's upgraded mobile app may seem like it is only catching up to what other brands like Hilton already offer, but it is a significant tech move ahead for the select-service and economy scale of the hotel market.

5 hours ago

Is Rapid Coronavirus Testing at Airports Just Health Theater?

Is Rapid Coronavirus Testing at Airports Just Health Theater?

Airline Weekly

United Airlines will be the first U.S. airline to offer rapid-response testing for departing passengers to help them avoid Hawaii's 14-day quarantine, but is this an effective public health strategy? Testing can miss passengers who were infected at the airport or even a day or two earlier.

6 hours ago

Saudi Arabia’s Bold Global Tourism Efforts Gain Traction But With Locals For Now

Saudi Arabia’s Bold Global Tourism Efforts Gain Traction But With Locals For Now

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Saudi Arabia has unwittingly learned that to open its doors to international leisure travelers, a good start is to first open the hearts of its own local population to discover the country's unique destinations.

12 hours ago

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Skift Global Forum Video: Leveraging Customer Data to Accelerate Covid-19 Recovery

Skift Global Forum Video: Leveraging Customer Data to Accelerate Covid-19 Recovery

Simon Data + Skift

In this video conversation from Skift Global Forum, we hear from Josh Neckes, Co-Founder and President of Simon Data about the ways in which the company is delivering exceptional experiences.

7 hours ago

Corporate Travel Faces a Grand Experiment

Corporate Travel Faces a Grand Experiment

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Corporate travel is barreling down an uncertain road to a facelift that could strip it down to essential business by the time the travel sector gets to the other side of its coronavirus rebound.

1 day ago

Loyalty Programs Need to Get Aspirational When Travelers Are Stuck at Home

Loyalty Programs Need to Get Aspirational When Travelers Are Stuck at Home

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airlines built loyalty programs around spend thresholds rather than miles traveled in recent years. The pandemic may catapult airline and hotel loyalty programs into becoming less transactional and more experiential and creative.

1 day ago

Clock Ticking for Federal Airline Aid as Bipartisan Support Grows

Clock Ticking for Federal Airline Aid as Bipartisan Support Grows

Airline Weekly

Two powerful House lawmakers have lent their support for more airline aid, but with just seven days to go before CARES Act funding expires, is there time to get a bill through Congress? And is more aid even needed if airlines expect to be much smaller?

1 day ago

Las Vegas Ripe for Tech-Driven Reinvention in Wake of Pandemic: MGM Exec

Las Vegas Ripe for Tech-Driven Reinvention in Wake of Pandemic: MGM Exec

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Las Vegas is tried and true. Or is it? Just like with everything else, the pandemic will upend what one of the U.S.'s leading destinations has to offer — and digitization and hybrid models will be at the core of the reinvention.

1 day ago

Ethiopian Airlines Debuts First Covid-Era, Contactless Terminal

Ethiopian Airlines Debuts First Covid-Era, Contactless Terminal

Lebawit Lily Girma, Skift

From government bailouts to layoffs, commercial airlines have taken drastic measures to stay afloat since Covid-19. Not Ethiopian – now operating out of the second largest capacity airport in Africa, while turning a profit and forging ahead with further expansion plans beyond its new state-of-art, bio-safety terminal.

1 day ago

Tourism Destinations Grapple With a World of Marketing Turned On Its Head

Tourism Destinations Grapple With a World of Marketing Turned On Its Head

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Digital nomads are welcome in Bermuda and San Diego. In a further reflection of how tourism marketing has changed, Singapore, too, is shifting gears and targeting locals, many of whom only think attractions in the city-state are only for the rich and privileged.

1 day ago

What Hybrid Events Can Learn From the NBA’s ‘Virtual Fan Experience’

What Hybrid Events Can Learn From the NBA’s ‘Virtual Fan Experience’

EventMB

During the past few months, the NBA has been resuming games from a controlled environment, with a virtual fan experience designed to engage audiences from home. Here are some of the main takeaways for events from the league's successful venture into the virtual space.  

1 day ago

United Airlines Will Remain Half Its Size Until Vaccine Is Widely Distributed: CEO

United Airlines Will Remain Half Its Size Until Vaccine Is Widely Distributed: CEO

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

United expects to remain half its size till the end of next year, when CEO Scott Kirby thinks a vaccine will be widely available. But will it be in a position to respond quickly to demand if the company is forced to lay off tens of thousands of employees?

2 days ago