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Skift Forum Asia Will Be At Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa

Skift Forum Asia Will Be At Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa

Rafat Ali, Skift

We're hosting our inaugural Skift Forum Asia at Singapore's Equarius Hotel, part of the acclaimed Resorts World complex on beautiful Sentosa Island. Hope to see you there!

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Virgin Atlantic Pilots Are Extending Their Holiday Season Strikes

Virgin Atlantic Pilots Are Extending Their Holiday Season Strikes

Jacqueline Poh, Bloomberg

It doesn't matter that this is only a third or so of pilots: Consumers don't know the difference. It's good news for their competitors.

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South Africa’s Visa Problems and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

South Africa’s Visa Problems and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in tourism, we looked at the fallout from South Africa's prohibitive visa requirements for minor travelers, and how TUI survived the summer's northern European heat wave by being strategic with its cruise ships and hotels.

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Why Online Travel Agencies Need to Beat the Cookie and Improve Customer Identification

Why Online Travel Agencies Need to Beat the Cookie and Improve Customer Identification

BounceX + Skift

OTAs need to do a better job at identifying their customers and understanding why they’re abandoning their carts before booking. Relying on cookie-based technology to solve for this is no longer enough.

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Air France’s First Female CEO and 11 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Air France’s First Female CEO and 11 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in aviation, Anne Rigail will be the new CEO of Air France, an extremely rare appointment in a particularly male-dominated industry. Then we have stories about electronic searches at customs, Real IDs, and how artificial intelligence helps airline news go viral.

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Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Associated Press

It's remarkable that what started as a rule violation turned into a useful app for beachgoers, instead of just a drawn-out fight.

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Airbnb’s New Acquisition and 9 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb’s New Acquisition and 9 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in hospitality, we have three stories on Airbnb's global doings. The homesharing platform acquired French company Luckey Homes, helped form a vacation rental association in Japan, and settled a lawsuit in Miami.

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Virgin Galactic Clears a Hurdle in Space Tourism Race

Virgin Galactic Clears a Hurdle in Space Tourism Race

John Antczak, Associated Press

Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's private space company, scored a long-elusive win this week with a successful trip to the edge of space. Branson says in three years he'll be up there. But given a record of delays, we're not holding our breaths.

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Travelport Goes Private and 14 Other Digital Trends This Week

Travelport Goes Private and 14 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The big digital news this week was all about Travelport. One of the big three platforms for airline distribution is being taken private in an all-cash transaction valued at around $4.4 billion.

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Spirit Airlines Wins Best On-Time Performance for Once

Spirit Airlines Wins Best On-Time Performance for Once

Justin Bachman and Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Spirit Airlines finds itself in an unusual position by winning best on-time performance for October. The carrier has a slightly more modest goal for the longer term — it wants to be in fourth to sixth place consistently — but even that is an improvement compared to a few years ago.

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Analysts Expect Increased Interest in Flying Cars

Analysts Expect Increased Interest in Flying Cars

Esha Dey, Bloomberg

Flying cars present even more knotty technological and legal problems than automated cars. Building an autonomous drone that can fit a person inside and fly long distances is quite difficult; it will likely be decades before they hit the mainstream.

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What LVMH’s Belmond Buy Means for the Future of Luxury Travel

What LVMH’s Belmond Buy Means for the Future of Luxury Travel

Deanna Ting, Skift

LVMH might not have been the most obvious of suitors for Belmond's luxury assets, but now that it's close to owning them, it's a deal that makes a lot of sense in this post-experience economy still contending with the concept of new luxury.

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