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Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Emi Urabe and Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg

The hotel and restaurant industries may rely on guest workers, but in Japan, fewer of them will be available and people are watching how companies treat those workers as well.

2 days ago

U.S. Hotels’ Summer Occupancy Saw Second-Largest Drop Since Recession

U.S. Hotels’ Summer Occupancy Saw Second-Largest Drop Since Recession

Dan Peltier, Skift

The United States thankfully had fewer hurricanes this year. But because of that good news, some hotel markets are posting occupancy drops because fewer people needed them this year. That's likely indicative of how soft those markets were before the storms hit.

2 days ago

Alaska Airlines Mimics Larger U.S. Rivals by Adding No-Frills Fare Class

Alaska Airlines Mimics Larger U.S. Rivals by Adding No-Frills Fare Class

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Few people want to order the cheapest product, right? The airlines hope to use that psychological trick — along with heavy restrictions — to discourage customers from booking their bargain-basement airfares.

2 days ago

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San Antonio’s Cross-Sector Collaboration Is Key to Attracting Important Meetings and Events

San Antonio’s Cross-Sector Collaboration Is Key to Attracting Important Meetings and Events

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The city of San Antonio realizes that collaboration of its private and public sectors is key to attracting high-tech companies and large-scale events.

6 days ago

U.S. Tourism Numbers Are About More Than Just President Trump

U.S. Tourism Numbers Are About More Than Just President Trump

Justin Fox, Bloomberg

The story is always a little more complex than the headlines suggest, although it probably doesn't do the United States much good having a President who offends and insults millions of people.

2 days ago

Caribbean Destinations Gear Up for Pot Tourism Even While Weed Is Still Illegal

Caribbean Destinations Gear Up for Pot Tourism Even While Weed Is Still Illegal

Dan Peltier, Skift

Pot tourism has become a big business in places like Colorado where marijuana has been legalized. Caribbean tourism officials wish local governments would legalize the drug to get pot tourism experiences and events on the map.

3 days ago

What Lola’s Big Deal Means for Business Travel

What Lola’s Big Deal Means for Business Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It will be interesting to see if Lola's fortunes change as its partnership with American Express Global Business Travel ramps up. We're quickly finding out how big a market there is for the variety of apps catering to business travelers from small- to medium-sized companies.

3 days ago

Tiqets Raises $23 Million for Museum Ticketing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Tiqets Raises $23 Million for Museum Ticketing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tiqets tackled the hard problem of helping many museums that lacked tech savvy to adopt modern sales techniques. Now it's seeing a payoff. In other news, events tech company Headbox and online travel agency Sastaticket raised money.

3 days ago

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

To repeat what we've said before, it seems like operators were caught off guard about some advanced functionality on the Boeing 737 Max. This is both odd and unusual.

3 days ago

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Would Airbnb and Uber, for example, be truly better off as public companies? It's unclear because they both have access to tons of money already. But they would both certainly be better equipped to spin their own narratives.

3 days ago

Brexit Dampens UK Airline Jet2’s Optimism

Brexit Dampens UK Airline Jet2’s Optimism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Jet2 has big ambitions for its leisure travel division and Brexit, plus other factors, have the potential to derail things. It makes planning for the future very difficult.

3 days ago

Argentina’s Currency Crisis Creates Affordable Luxury for Visitors

Argentina’s Currency Crisis Creates Affordable Luxury for Visitors

Patrick Gillespie, Bloomberg

Argentina's currency crisis might be good news for international bargain-seeking visitors, but Argentine citizens are seeing their own trips grow too expensive.

3 days ago