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Expedia Tells Hotels Adding Resort Fees Will Lower Your Listings on Its Pages

Expedia Tells Hotels Adding Resort Fees Will Lower Your Listings on Its Pages

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia Group's stance on resort fees could have been drafted by a United Nations diplomat. Expedia doesn't want to alienate hotels, seeks to pick up market share based on Booking Holdings' more forceful position, but is hitting resort-fee-charging hotels right where it hurts — in the prominence on their listings.

2 hours ago

Stress-Related Mental Health Risks Are Rising for Business Travelers

Stress-Related Mental Health Risks Are Rising for Business Travelers

Isaac Carey, Skift

Risks involving anxiety and depression are making up a larger and larger chunk of first calls to risk management companies. This trend likely won't slow until companies make fundamental shifts to their corporate culture.

2 hours ago

Asia’s Airlines Cancel Annual Event in Hong Kong Due to Unrest

Asia’s Airlines Cancel Annual Event in Hong Kong Due to Unrest

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

This is a pity. Asia's biggest hotel meet, the Hotel Investment Conference Asia-Pacific, gritted its teeth and went ahead last month. Even a meeting at the airport or a venue close to the airport is better than canceling.

5 hours ago

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New Whitepaper Reviews the Travel Industry’s Progress on Data-Driven Personalization

New Whitepaper Reviews the Travel Industry’s Progress on Data-Driven Personalization

Adara + Skift

This new whitepaper from Adara, based on the results of a survey of close to 500 travel marketing executives, offers a snapshot of the industry’s progress deploying advanced data-driven personalization strategies.

2 hours ago

Trip.com Group’s Softer Growth Shows Extent of China Outbound Slowdown

Trip.com Group’s Softer Growth Shows Extent of China Outbound Slowdown

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Single-digit growth is something China’s largest online travel company isn’t used to, but that may just happen in the fourth quarter. Growth has already softened in the third.

6 hours ago

More Companies Are Putting Their Events on Planes

More Companies Are Putting Their Events on Planes

Isaac Carey, Skift

The trend is starting to gain traction, albeit very slowly. Attendees seem to like it because it shakes things up and makes the travel itself less tedious.

11 hours ago

Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It’s Not Just About the Higher Baht

Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It’s Not Just About the Higher Baht

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It’s easy to blame the baht as the butt of the problem for a decline in European arrivals to Thailand. The issues are wider and deeper than just currency appreciation.

18 hours ago

Wizz Air Thinks It Has a Simplicity Advantage Over Ryanair

Wizz Air Thinks It Has a Simplicity Advantage Over Ryanair

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ryanair's decision to morph into a group airline has opened up plenty of opportunities, with the individual carriers able to operate differently. But is there a downside? For Wizz Air, it's all about keeping things simple.

22 hours ago

Germany and the UK Are Trouble Spots in Europe’s Tourism Outlook

Germany and the UK Are Trouble Spots in Europe’s Tourism Outlook

Rosie Spinks, Skift

European tourism may, broadly speaking, be in growth mode. But there is still plenty of cause for guarded optimism, particularly when it comes to Germany and the UK.

23 hours ago

In-Flight Events Are Starting to Slowly Lift Off

In-Flight Events Are Starting to Slowly Lift Off

Isaac Carey, Skift

So far, these flying meetings are mostly exclusive, invite-only affairs, where sought-after execs network with one another while trapped on a plane.

1 day ago

Booking.com Heads to U.S. Supreme Court for Trademark Test

Booking.com Heads to U.S. Supreme Court for Trademark Test

Greg Stohr, Bloomberg

What's in a name? The stakes are probably higher than they once were given the rebranding of the parent company but will the Supreme Court justices agree with Booking.com's viewpoint?

1 day ago

Federal Judge Limits U.S. Border Patrol’s Power to Search Travelers’ Devices

Federal Judge Limits U.S. Border Patrol’s Power to Search Travelers’ Devices

Erik Larson, Bloomberg

The expanded power of U.S. border control under Donald Trump has concerned privacy activists as well as tourism officials, who worry about the policies deterring visitors. A recent judge's ruling is will come as good news to both of those groups.

1 day ago