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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.

19 hours ago

Video: TUI’s CMO on Growing an Established Brand in a Fragmented Market

Video: TUI’s CMO on Growing an Established Brand in a Fragmented Market

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI Group has a big job on its hands during its move away from country-specific brands, but the prize is a substantial one. If it manages to create a global superbrand it will make it much easier to expand into new areas and markets.

20 hours ago

Chefs+Tech: Tech and Dining by the Numbers, According to OpenTable

Chefs+Tech: Tech and Dining by the Numbers, According to OpenTable

Kristen Hawley, Chefs+Tech

Robots aren't going to take over restaurants, ever (you heard it here first) — but tech is creeping into every aspect of dining out, and OpenTable's report proves consumers aren't afraid of it.

20 hours ago

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

The highest gap between potential in tourism in the world and what's been realized so far is Brazil. Despite obstacles, better marketing and more private-public coordination could boost visitors.

23 hours ago

Hotel Union Questions Anbang’s Motives During Contract Negotiations

Hotel Union Questions Anbang’s Motives During Contract Negotiations

Hui-yong Yu, Bloomberg

It was probably for the best that Anbang didn't wind up triumphing over Marriott to buy Starwood, especially given the confusing nature of its ownership structure.

24 hours ago

Japanese Tourism Could Be Boosted If Foreign Casino Construction Is Okayed

Japanese Tourism Could Be Boosted If Foreign Casino Construction Is Okayed

Lisa Du, Yuki Hagiwara, Grace Huang , Bloomberg

Japan is loosening its laws around foreign casino ownership. But it needs to coordinate its strategy if it wants to woo Las Vegas Sands, MGM, and other companies to build resorts that might rival Macau in popularity.

1 day ago

Cathay Cuts 600 Jobs as It Tries to Get Costs Under Control

Cathay Cuts 600 Jobs as It Tries to Get Costs Under Control

Bloomberg News, Bloomberg

It might please investors to cut jobs but Cathy Pacific's problems run much deeper. It needs to work out where it fits in an airline environment that is rapidly changing.

1 day ago

American Express Expands Its Lounge Access Program With Its Platinum Card

American Express Expands Its Lounge Access Program With Its Platinum Card

Grant Martin, Skift

Travelers who own the American Express card now have a new suite of lounges to look forward to visiting. Whether they make up for the annual fee on the AmEx platinum is another question.

1 day ago

Launching Skift Business of Loyalty Newsletter: Why Loyalty Is Still Relevant to the Travel Industry

Launching Skift Business of Loyalty Newsletter: Why Loyalty Is Still Relevant to the Travel Industry

Grant Martin, Skift

One would think that loyalty would be constant, but it is not. Our New Loyalty newsletter is here to help you make sense of the changing environment.

1 day ago

Skift Global Forum 2017 Venue and Hotel Are Set

Skift Global Forum 2017 Venue and Hotel Are Set

Rafat Ali, Skift

While you're here in New York City for Skift Global Forum, stay the night in the heart of Columbus Circle.

2 days ago

Visit Florida’s Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida’s Robust Meetings Business

Visit Florida’s Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida’s Robust Meetings Business

Jaimie Seaton, Skift

How much of an impact the slashed Visit Florida budget will have on the state's meetings and conventions industry is an open question. The answer depends on whom you ask.

2 days ago

Wellness Executives Question Hotel Chains’ Capabilities in the Sector

Wellness Executives Question Hotel Chains’ Capabilities in the Sector

Deanna Ting, Skift

Everyone in hospitality, it seems, is focusing on more wellness offerings, whether through mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, or enhanced programming — but what do the wellness vets think? Does this trend have staying power or is it just a fad?

2 days ago