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Thomas Cook Attracts Takeover Interest

Thomas Cook Attracts Takeover Interest

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With the airline unit already in play, it makes sense that there would be some interest in the rest of 178-year-old Thomas Cook.

4 hours ago

Airbnb Leads Lyric Funding and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Leads Lyric Funding and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in hospitality, Airbnb invests in a San Francisco-based rental company targeted at corporate travelers, and the general manager of Four Seasons Chiang Mai talks about the global potential of his job. Plus, we talk to Oyo’s CEO about what makes his company so successful.

7 hours ago

Japan-Built Mitsubishi Regional Jet Finally Set to Take Flight

Japan-Built Mitsubishi Regional Jet Finally Set to Take Flight

Masatsugu Horie, Bruce Einhorn, and Kyunghee Park

Japan finally breaks into the regional jet market with the much-delayed debut of Mitsubishi’s MRJ aircraft. Its timing is quite favorable, following rival Bombardier's sale of its C Series airliner project to Airbus last year.

8 hours ago

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New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

D-EDGE + Skift

A new whitepaper examining distribution trends in Europe’s online hotel sector suggests that flexibility is a critical success factor for the region’s hospitality operators. Hotel executives must constantly review and optimize their channel mix if they hope to succeed and thrive in this highly competitive environment.

1 day ago

United Airlines Plays Hardball and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United Airlines Plays Hardball and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Skift, skift

This week in aviation, United becomes more aggressive with its partners, limited seat recline is a hit on Delta, and tensions arise following the addition of Air Italy's newest routes.

10 hours ago

Grounding of Jet Airways Highlights Challenges of the India Market

Grounding of Jet Airways Highlights Challenges of the India Market

P R Sanjai , Bloomberg

So far, the airline seems to be going the way of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. As more time goes on, it will be harder and harder for Jet Airways to find investors.

1 day ago

Uber Secures $1 Billion Funding for Self-Driving Unit Ahead of IPO

Uber Secures $1 Billion Funding for Self-Driving Unit Ahead of IPO

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

The autonomous-car unit is a very costly endeavor with Uber not making any profits. But the latest $1 billion investment helps Uber to go on its IPO roadshow with additional fuel.

2 days ago

Delta Frequent Flyers Are Fans of Less Seat Recline, More Laptop Room

Delta Frequent Flyers Are Fans of Less Seat Recline, More Laptop Room

Grant Martin, Skift

Despite the issue of seat recline being a perennial hot-button topic, most passengers seem to be in support of Delta limiting the amount of seat recline on some flights.

2 days ago

Four Seasons Shows That Hospitality Can Be a Passport to a Global Career

Four Seasons Shows That Hospitality Can Be a Passport to a Global Career

Colin Nagy, Skift

Hospitality can be the gateway to a richly rewarding global career. But even some of the top brands aren’t making this sell well enough to the next generation of talent. Here’s how to do it.

2 days ago

The Future of Car Rental Is Mobile-First

The Future of Car Rental Is Mobile-First

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Making the car rental experience more pleasant requires making cars available where business travelers actually are, along with allowing them to digitally customize their ride.

2 days ago

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Two event tech startups, Bizzabo and Gather, have raised millions in funding to help businesses and restaurants manage and grow events. The companies are benefiting from a 2019 Megatrend that Skift summarized as "real-world experiences gain value in an era of tech burnout."

2 days ago

First Direct U.S. Flights to Cape Town in 15 Years Will Be Boon to Tourism

First Direct U.S. Flights to Cape Town in 15 Years Will Be Boon to Tourism

Richard Holmes, Skift

United’s plan to launch direct flights between New York and Cape Town, South Africa, is a potential bonanza for tourism in the city and the wider region. Now local operators are holding thumbs the seasonal route becomes year-round.

2 days ago