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Expedia Is Now Selling Hotel Rooms in Cuba

Expedia Is Now Selling Hotel Rooms in Cuba

Sarah Marsh, Reuters

"Potential" is the key word here, at least until the market is better developed — especially outside of Havana.

2 hours ago

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Dan Peltier, Skift

Congress will play around with Trump's budget and nothing is set in stone. But Brand USA's proposed demise shouldn't come as a surprise from a president who has spent much of his first four months in office imposing anti-tourism policies.

5 hours ago

Interview: What’s in Store for Luxury Cruising

Interview: What’s in Store for Luxury Cruising

Laura Powell, Skift

Cruise lines have the luxury of going in and out of nearly any port they choose, making it easier for them to respond to geopolitical changes as well as changing consumer tastes.

8 hours ago

New Research Report: The State of Loyalty in Hospitality 2017

New Research Report: The State of Loyalty in Hospitality 2017

Luke Bujarski, Skift

For today's hospitality brands, loyalty programs are as much about repeat customers as they are about controlling distribution costs. Often times that means strategy at the property level, rather than at the brand level.

8 hours ago

Retail Brands Target Chinese Travelers on Mobile Before They Leave Home

Retail Brands Target Chinese Travelers on Mobile Before They Leave Home

Jessica Rapp, Jing Daily

Why wait to market to consumers when they arrive abroad as opposed to targeting them directly via efficient platforms before they ever leave town?

9 hours ago

What the One Percenter Travelers Really Want From Tourism

What the One Percenter Travelers Really Want From Tourism

Laura Powell, Skift

The 1 percent are looking for the same things from travel — experiences and bragging rights. They just have the means to take it up a few notches beyond the other 99 percent.

9 hours ago

3 Reasons Basic Business Class May Be the Next Great Idea for Flying

3 Reasons Basic Business Class May Be the Next Great Idea for Flying

Colin Nagy, Skift

A stripped-down business class fare could be an easy way for airlines to monetize inventory that would be given away for free.

9 hours ago

Alaska Airlines Adds Finnair as a Loyalty Program Partner

Alaska Airlines Adds Finnair as a Loyalty Program Partner

Grant Martin, Skift

Alaska took one step closer to the Oneworld alliance by kicking off a partnership with Finnair this week. It already has a strong relationship with American, another Oneworld partner, as relations with Delta continue to cool.

10 hours ago

Travel Tech CEO Series: SITA Rethinks the Passenger Experience

Travel Tech CEO Series: SITA Rethinks the Passenger Experience

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airlines and airports own SITA, but the two groups are at odds over who controls passenger data. New CEO Barbara Dalibard shows signs of having enough finesse to keep the company unified.

16 hours ago

Long-Delayed Baha Mar Resort Is Finally Open, But Atlantis Isn’t Worried

Long-Delayed Baha Mar Resort Is Finally Open, But Atlantis Isn’t Worried

Deanna Ting, Skift

Well, that only took a few years. It'll be interesting to see how tourism to the Bahamas changes now that the long-beleaguered mega resort has finally opened.

17 hours ago

Airbnb’s Latest Role Is Destination Marketing for Sweden

Airbnb’s Latest Role Is Destination Marketing for Sweden

Dan Peltier, Skift

Sweden is in a unique position to tell a story that few other countries can. While Airbnb may be able to build a new revenue stream in destination marketing, it's also interested in getting bookings from its listings in the country.

17 hours ago

Where UK Political Parties Stand on the Big Tourism Issues

Where UK Political Parties Stand on the Big Tourism Issues

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Party manifestos should be treated with a healthy degree of skepticism. Still it is revealing to see what the priorities are and perhaps more importantly what they decide to leave out.

18 hours ago