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Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

Wouter Geerts, Skift

The short-term rental ecosystem is getting bigger, which means many winners are set to emerge from the pack. Expect further brand-driven professionalization, more outside investment, and vendor consolidation. Those getting on board will benefit, but is a backlash in the cards?

2 days ago

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Shangri-La Lost and Found: Can Bhutan Find Its Way Back to Tourism Paradise Again?

Shangri-La Lost and Found: Can Bhutan Find Its Way Back to Tourism Paradise Again?

Shuriah Niazi, Skift

Bhutan’s high tourist fee was one key reason the country managed to avoid the pitfalls of mass tourism until recently. It’s high time that the sustainable tourism development fee is uniformly levied for all tourists, regardless of their origins.

2 days ago

Taiwanese Passengers Freed From Quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

Taiwanese Passengers Freed From Quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

Yimou Lee, Reuters

After a nightmarish two weeks in quarantine following the coronavirus outbreak, passengers are finally disembarking the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan. Hopefully the cruise industry has learned from this debacle. The question is not if something of this nature will happen again, but when.

6 hours ago

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How Houston Embraced Augmented Reality to Enhance the Visitor Experience

How Houston Embraced Augmented Reality to Enhance the Visitor Experience

Houston First Corporation + Skift

Technology plays an important role in helping tourism companies market local attractions and businesses more effectively. As smartphone functionality expands, Visit Houston is proving that augmented reality tools can have a real impact on visitor experience.

5 days ago

JetBlue Readies for Battle Over Boston and 3 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

JetBlue Readies for Battle Over Boston and 3 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

This week in aviation news, is brand loyalty (ahem, free premium snacks) going to be enough to keep JetBlue's Boston customers from getting cozy with the competition as American and Delta make moves to increase their presence at the Beantown hub? Plus, we discover that Delta's CEO is firmly in the "do not recline your seat" camp.

7 hours ago

Japan’s Olympic Year Deflates Due to Virus Outbreak, Economic Woes

Japan’s Olympic Year Deflates Due to Virus Outbreak, Economic Woes

Mari Yamaguchi and Elaina Kurtenbach, Associated Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insists that the Olympic Games will go on as planned in July. But Abe and his government officials are going to need to do some serious damage control as international criticism mounts over Tokyo's handling of the Diamond Princess quarantine.

9 hours ago

Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre Site Confronts U.S. History of Racial Violence

Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre Site Confronts U.S. History of Racial Violence

Russell Contreras, Associated Press

With these historic sites, the tourism industry can orient itself toward truth and reconciliation in a country where there is no such federal effort.

1 day ago

Myanmar Looks for a Second Chance and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Myanmar Looks for a Second Chance and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams , Skift

This week in tourism news, after decades of isolation, Myanmar finally opened up to tourists, only to scare them off as it perpetrated genocide against its Rohingya minority. Today, Myanmar has real potential to become a thriving destination again, but only if it can overcome its tendency to enflame ethnic tension. Plus, cruise lines are investing in new experiences on private islands.

1 day ago

Google’s Outsize Impact on the Travel Industry and 7 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Google’s Outsize Impact on the Travel Industry and 7 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

In digital news this week, Google is so omnipresent that even a small tweak to the way that its searches work can have an impact on the rest of the travel industry. Plus, Skift talks with Booking.com's new chief marketing officer about his hopes for the company.

1 day ago

Warm Weather Forces Ski Resorts to Plot Snowless Future

Warm Weather Forces Ski Resorts to Plot Snowless Future

Regis Duvignau and Antony Paone, Reuters

Resorts that specialize in winter sports need to start planning for a world with less snow. Hiking snowless mountains won't be enough to keep attracting vacationers.

1 day ago

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The European single market is a sacred thing and anyone caught trying to divide it up like the old days is liable to be on the receiving end of a punishment. In this case, Meliá's cooperation with the investigation has helped cut its fine.

2 days ago

Air Travel Demand May Fall for the First Time in a Decade Due to Coronavirus: Airline Group

Air Travel Demand May Fall for the First Time in a Decade Due to Coronavirus: Airline Group

Mark Sweney, The Guardian

The aviation industry is sure to have a tough year ahead, particularly for airlines with a heavy reliance on the Chinese market.

2 days ago