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U.S. Flyers Will Soon Have to Separate Large Electronics at Security Checkpoints

U.S. Flyers Will Soon Have to Separate Large Electronics at Security Checkpoints

Associated Press

This security change will slow down airport security lines and lead to some confusion at TSA security checkpoints. It represents a middle ground after attempts to ban large electronics completely from aircraft cabins, representing something of a win for U.S. passengers.

21 mins ago

European Court Says EU-Canada Passenger Data Deal Violates Privacy

European Court Says EU-Canada Passenger Data Deal Violates Privacy

Associated Press

Many countries haven't figured out how to safely and securely share passenger data while maintaining privacy. That's a problem as more airports begin to pilot various biometrics programs, for example, that all meant to harvest this data.

1 hour ago

What Lies Ahead for Hilton and Its Newest Big Investor, HNA

What Lies Ahead for Hilton and Its Newest Big Investor, HNA

Hui-yong Yu, Bloomberg

Hilton's newest major investor could prove to be beneficial, if not challenging, for its future prospects and its share price.

3 hours ago

AccorHotels Combines Its Rental Brands Under Onefinestay Name

AccorHotels Combines Its Rental Brands Under Onefinestay Name

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's clear that AccorHotels needed to do something to turn Onefinestay around and by combining it with its other rental businesses it will at least be able to improve its reach. But at the same time one of the draws was the "handpicked" nature of the properties, which will surely be lost by increased scale.

4 hours ago

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Why Travel Buyers Should Strategize Their Hotel Buying Programs Year-Round

Why Travel Buyers Should Strategize Their Hotel Buying Programs Year-Round

BCD Travel + Skift

It’s time for travel buyers to abandon the traditional hotel buying process. Instead, they should review their program on an ongoing basis as new developments in data and technology, the influence of leisure travel, fluctuating rates, new supplier pricing strategies and game-changing mergers overhaul the market.

6 hours ago

Wyndham Hotels Debuts Online Auctions for Loyalty Program Redemption

Wyndham Hotels Debuts Online Auctions for Loyalty Program Redemption

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travel brands haven't innovated much when it comes to reward redemption. So kudos to Wyndham for gambling on something new. But their new auctions aren't without risk to the company.

7 hours ago

Israel Looks to Food Tourism to Attract a Different Kind of Visitor

Israel Looks to Food Tourism to Attract a Different Kind of Visitor

Dan Peltier, Skift

Israel doesn’t really have a problem bringing in visitors. But bringing visitors who are not driven by religious beliefs is a challenge. Diversifying the country through food could help convince some travelers that a trip here is worth it.

16 hours ago

Universal Has More in Store for Harry Potter as Theme Park Battles Rage

Universal Has More in Store for Harry Potter as Theme Park Battles Rage

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney still wins this round with the sheer volume of announcements it made earlier this month, but Universal definitely steals some theme park thunder with news of a new thrill ride at the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

16 hours ago

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Colin Nagy, Skift

Cabin seeks to bring style and a "moving hotel" approach to the overnight bus journey. They've nailed the design and approach, but will Californians choose it over flying?

17 hours ago

Tourico Holidays Tunes Up Its Technology After Hotelbeds Merger

Tourico Holidays Tunes Up Its Technology After Hotelbeds Merger

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The wholesale travel sector is under pressure from shifts in how hotel companies distribute their rooms. Tourico's new tech for agencies and airlines may help boost sales and margins in the face of these trends.

17 hours ago

Malaysia Air Wants to Use Its Extra Jumbo Jets for Hajj Pilgrimage Tourism

Malaysia Air Wants to Use Its Extra Jumbo Jets for Hajj Pilgrimage Tourism

Elffie Chew and Chong Pooi Koon, Bloomberg

Don't mistake Malaysia Airlines' long-discussed effort as an act of generosity. The company owns a half-dozen unused superjumbos. Hajj pilgrim flights could help it recoup some of their total purchase price.

20 hours ago

Rome Enlists New Patrols to Protect the Trevi Fountain and Other Landmarks From Tourists

Rome Enlists New Patrols to Protect the Trevi Fountain and Other Landmarks From Tourists

Associated Press

By tapping retired cops as a workforce, Rome may have found a cost-effective way to try to help manage the effects of overtourism. Expect other highly visited destinations to watch the experiment closely.

24 hours ago