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Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Travel Platforms Could Shed New Light on Business Practices

Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Travel Platforms Could Shed New Light on Business Practices

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Online travel companies have faced intense regulatory scrutiny almost since the first days of internet bookings. But "you've got mail" these days is less likely to be a cheery email notification than a demand for court appearances and audits.

5 hours ago

Alaska Air Catches Up on Carving Out New Revenues

Alaska Air Catches Up on Carving Out New Revenues

Brian Sumers, Skift

Customers may not like so-called segmentation in airplane cabins. But almost every U.S. airline is using it to boost revenues.

8 hours ago

United Airlines Halts Some U.S.-China Flights as Coronavirus Spreads

United Airlines Halts Some U.S.-China Flights as Coronavirus Spreads

Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

Coronavirus is crushing demand to China. But let's remember the first week in February already stinks for U.S-China flights. The Lunar New Year festivals last until Feb. 8, and during this period, lucrative business traffic dissipates. If this suspension continues past Feb. 8, we'll how bad the health crisis is hurting business.

13 hours ago

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How Hilton’s Luxury Brands Are Evolving Their Strategies to Prioritize Food and Beverage-Driven Experiences

How Hilton’s Luxury Brands Are Evolving Their Strategies to Prioritize Food and Beverage-Driven Experiences

Hilton Luxury Group + Skift

Seeking out unique food and beverage experiences while traveling is one trend that has proven to be here to stay — but the focus has shifted from high-end dining to dining that is much more inclusive and democratic. By looking at Hilton Luxury Group’s approach to its food and beverage program, one can witness this change in consumer preference.

2 days ago

Skift Forum Europe: Group Tickets and More Ways to Attend

Skift Forum Europe: Group Tickets and More Ways to Attend

Rafat Ali, Skift

For our fourth Skift Forum Europe, we're giving travel industry professionals more than one way to attend. See you in March.

15 hours ago

How the Cloud Is Shaking Up Hotel Property Management Tech: New Skift Research

How the Cloud Is Shaking Up Hotel Property Management Tech: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

Technological advancements have allowed for new entrants into the property management systems space to offer a viable alternative to incumbent legacy systems. Those systems might be scrambling for now, but they'll catch up. All this can only be a good thing for the PMS and hotel tech space in the long run.

16 hours ago

Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors say this year's "wave season" is showing strong preferences for less-visited ports and immersive land experiences. There are also indicators that passengers are more likely to hold the cruise industry accountable on sustainability.

17 hours ago

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Adding someone as experienced as Frits van Paasschen to its board is a sure sign that Sonder is serious about making a big leap forward in 2020.

18 hours ago

Thomas Cook Collapse Costs Tours Company Focused on Baby Boomers $5.26 Million

Thomas Cook Collapse Costs Tours Company Focused on Baby Boomers $5.26 Million

Reuters

When a huge company goes under, others feel its impact. Saga's cruise business is performing well but tour operating is proving much tougher.

19 hours ago

Asian Destinations Reel From China’s Outbound Travel Ban

Asian Destinations Reel From China’s Outbound Travel Ban

Raini Hamdi, Skift

For a string of Asian destinations, China is by far the number one market, so the outbound travel ban that became effective Monday there has shaken tourism businesses even though they know it is for the good.

21 hours ago

Hotels Are Confused by Rise of Legal Marijuana: Opportunity or Liability?

Hotels Are Confused by Rise of Legal Marijuana: Opportunity or Liability?

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The legalization of marijuana by states is getting murkier in the eyes of the federal government, which has still not legalized pot. Thirty-three states have, meaning that hotels have to deal with it whether they like it or not. Some hotels are embracing certain forms of cannabis. Others don’t want the potential liability. How do they figure out what to do?

1 day ago

Chile’s Latam Airlines Improves Premium Product Ahead of Delta Tie-Up

Chile’s Latam Airlines Improves Premium Product Ahead of Delta Tie-Up

Kristin Majcher, Skift

After changing its fare structure to compete with low-cost carriers and earmarking $400 million to improve its cabins, Latam’s rollout of premium economy on domestic and regional routes makes sense. It puts the carrier in a position to offer higher-end services without the added complexity of a major business cabin reconfiguration.

1 day ago