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Global Hotel Chains Are Keen on $17 Billion Saudi ‘Birthplace’ Mega-Project

Global Hotel Chains Are Keen on $17 Billion Saudi ‘Birthplace’ Mega-Project

Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia, hungry for tourism dollars, has several mega-projects underway. Diriyah Gate, a UNESCO site that’s the ancestral home of the Saudi ruling family and will feature 20 hotels, eight museums and a golf course, is one of them. Global chains are taking a close look.

56 mins ago

How to Make Reserving Room Blocks Less of a Gamble

How to Make Reserving Room Blocks Less of a Gamble

Isaac Carey, Skift

It's tough to provide event housing when the financial risks are so high. New platform Stayker aims to give planners a bit of security.

6 hours ago

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From the wishful thinking and hype of years ago, the connected trip is beginning to draw real investment and to become a thing. It will take a very extended period of time to make it a more meaningful development. In that faraway horizon, will there indeed be any differentiation among the leading providers?

13 hours ago

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American Airlines Revamps Its Corporate Recognition Benefits

American Airlines Revamps Its Corporate Recognition Benefits

American Airlines + Skift

The conversation around business traveler satisfaction is growing. American Airlines’ refreshed corporate benefits show that the airline is listening.

2 days ago

Is Singapore’s New Hotel Guest Authentication Just Creepy Surveillance?

Is Singapore’s New Hotel Guest Authentication Just Creepy Surveillance?

Yixin Ng, Skift

Self check-in by facial recognition at hotels is unlikely to be an industrywide reality anytime soon in Singapore — and that’s not exactly bad news.

13 hours ago

Travel Manager Serko Accelerates Global Expansion With Booking.com Partnership

Travel Manager Serko Accelerates Global Expansion With Booking.com Partnership

Isaac Carey, Skift

Now that Zeno is well-established in Serko's home market, the next step is to bring that same popularity abroad. The travel management company is forming partnerships with major players to help it gain traction in the U.S. and Europe.

17 hours ago

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a number of years. Do the numbers stack up over the long term and will people keep renewing?

18 hours ago

Booking Startup Stayker Makes Room Blocks Less Risky for Planners

Booking Startup Stayker Makes Room Blocks Less Risky for Planners

Isaac Carey, Skift

Event planners are putting their money on the line when signing a room block contract, and often the gamble is just not worth it. If Stayker catches on, the group booking rate may start to pick up again.

21 hours ago

Tourism-Dependent Morocco Appoints Growth Czar to Restructure Economy

Tourism-Dependent Morocco Appoints Growth Czar to Restructure Economy

Souhail Karam, Bloomberg

Morocco's rising social needs, debt burden, and position in an unstable region means it cannot rely on tourism alone for its economic future.

23 hours ago

Norwegian Air’s New CEO Sees First Priority As Returning to Profits

Norwegian Air’s New CEO Sees First Priority As Returning to Profits

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Interestingly, new Norwegian Air chief Jacob Schram has plenty of experience dealing with takeovers and mergers from his time in the retail trade. Might Norwegian want to tap this experience as part of future plans?

24 hours ago

LVMH Bets on Restored Paris Mall With Hotel to Draw Chinese Tourists

LVMH Bets on Restored Paris Mall With Hotel to Draw Chinese Tourists

Robert Williams, Bloomberg

Can luxury travel help revive bricks-and-mortar retailing? LVMH is counting on it with its restored Paris department store opening next April, which will also see a new Cheval Blanc Hotel, restaurants, Christian Dior spa, and duty-free shopping.

1 day ago

The Rise of Smart Airports: A Skift Deep Dive

The Rise of Smart Airports: A Skift Deep Dive

Sean O'Neill and Brian Sumers, Skift

After years of being stuck in the past, new "smart" airports are embracing technology and data to improve the experience for both passengers and vendors. But progress is still slow, widening the gap between cutting-edge and archaic facilities. What's needed? More vision, less bureaucracy.

1 day ago