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Japan’s Wake-Up Call on Climate Change: Flooded Bullet Trains

Japan’s Wake-Up Call on Climate Change: Flooded Bullet Trains

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

The reality is that countries at risk must prepare for natural disasters of increasing frequency and intensity. Governments need to grapple with investment in emergency preparedness and infrastructure built to withstand events like Typhoon Hagibis that, while extremely costly, can no longer be neglected.

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Brexit’s Toll on UK Travel, a 5-Year Projection: New Skift Research

Brexit’s Toll on UK Travel, a 5-Year Projection: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

The United Kingdom hasn’t left the European Union just yet, but the impact of the Brexit vote is already being felt by the travel industry. Things will likely get worse when the UK actually leaves.

58 mins ago

Rethinking Luxury Hotel Design to Connect Guests With Nature

Rethinking Luxury Hotel Design to Connect Guests With Nature

Laura Powell, Skift

It seems like every hospitality brand these days is eager to jump on the wellness bandwagon. Most do so by adding a gym or throwing a yoga mat in the room. But some luxury hotels are taking a more esoteric approach, namely through biophilic design.

1 hour ago

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Executive Q&A: CEO of ARC on Transforming Airline Retailing for an Omnichannel Future

Executive Q&A: CEO of ARC on Transforming Airline Retailing for an Omnichannel Future

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) + Skift

An omnichannel approach in airline retailing today must encompass the full spectrum of distribution channels including direct and indirect channels, particularly travel agencies.

1 hour ago

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The American Society of Travel Advisors' show of support for the Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 indicates growing distaste among agencies, as well as the general public, for resort fees, particularly when they are not disclosed up-front. Such support is a logical step for the organization, which has long advocated for pricing transparency.

1 hour ago

Delta-Latam Tie-Up Could Expand SkyTeam Reach in South America

Delta-Latam Tie-Up Could Expand SkyTeam Reach in South America

Grant Martin, Skift

The new partnership in the works between Delta and Latam may drastically affect the way that Oneworld and SkyTeam loyalists shift their business. But there's still no timeline for when any changes will happen.

11 hours ago

Marriott Drives Deeper Into Luxury Short-Term Rentals as a Loyalty Play

Marriott Drives Deeper Into Luxury Short-Term Rentals as a Loyalty Play

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb has nothing to worry about. Marriott is mainly interested in using rentals as a tool to build brand loyalty. So the Bethesda, Maryland-based hotel giant won't threaten the established players in short-term rental booking.

19 hours ago

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Booking.com flight partnership with eTraveli doesn't seem particularly seamless because travelers still have to hop over to a third-party site, Gotogate, to complete their reservations. Still, the deal is another step in Booking.com's evolution from hotel-only provider in its early days to well-rounded online travel company.

20 hours ago

New York Helicopter Tour Company Blames City for Its Bankruptcy

New York Helicopter Tour Company Blames City for Its Bankruptcy

Jeremy Hill, Bloomberg

New Yorkers have good reason to be wary of helicopters overhead — particularly after a crash last summer. Regulations might lead to lost revenue, but smart businesses will find ways to overcome them.

23 hours ago

New Vietnamese Airline Bamboo Plans IPO in Early 2020

New Vietnamese Airline Bamboo Plans IPO in Early 2020

Nguyen Kieu Giang, Bloomberg

Like with other Southeast Asian markets, aviation is booming in Vietnam. But Bamboo Airways has entered a pretty crowded marketplace and will quickly need to establish itself if it is to thrive.

23 hours ago

Booking Holdings Drops Out of Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative

Booking Holdings Drops Out of Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Libra cryptocurrency program is falling apart following regulatory pushback. Booking Holdings likely didn't want the hassle of being associated with such a controversial initiative, which may not get off the ground in the near term.

1 day ago

Emirates Warns of Fare Increases Due to Tariff Dispute

Emirates Warns of Fare Increases Due to Tariff Dispute

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

If tariffs go up, airlines can't always absorb them and customers end up paying more. In this case, we might eventually see the two sides come to an agreement but with President Trump in the White House, anything is possible.

1 day ago