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Qatar Airways Shows Defiance Despite Impact of Saudi-Led Blockade

Qatar Airways Shows Defiance Despite Impact of Saudi-Led Blockade

Stephen Engle and Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is often defiant, no matter the situation. So it's little surprise he's pledging his carrier can continue to launch successful routes despite the blockade of its home country. But that's easier said than done.

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Singapore Air Sounds Alarm on Overcapacity as Competition Heats Up

Singapore Air Sounds Alarm on Overcapacity as Competition Heats Up

Kyunghee Park and Haslinda Amin, Bloomberg

Complaints about overcapacity always sound like sour grapes, especially when they come from legacy carriers. Singapore Airlines is just one of a number airlines being squeezed at both ends of the spectrum.

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Travel Brands Should Stand Up For the Values They Believe In

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Google Trips Takes a Baby Step Into Tours, Activities and Car Rental Offers

Google Trips Takes a Baby Step Into Tours, Activities and Car Rental Offers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tours-and-activities startups will be eager to see if in-destination apps from giants such as Google, Airbnb, and TripAdvisor will succeed in providing cost-effective customer leads.

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NTSB Wants to Know Why a Delta Jet Nearly Landed on a Taxiway

NTSB Wants to Know Why a Delta Jet Nearly Landed on a Taxiway

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Air travel has never been safer. But in recent months, we've seen more reports than we would like about airliners almost landing in the wrong place. Let's hope we hear of fewer incidents in the future.

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Airbnb’s Bed-and-Breakfast Deal Highlights Its Bigger Ambitions in Accommodations

Airbnb’s Bed-and-Breakfast Deal Highlights Its Bigger Ambitions in Accommodations

Deanna Ting, Skift

Expedia and Priceline, watch out. Airbnb is very obviously coming for you. Today, it's bed-and-breakfasts. Tomorrow, it'll be more boutique and independent hotels.

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Disney Drops $52 Billion to Buy Bulk of Fox Entertainment Empire

Disney Drops $52 Billion to Buy Bulk of Fox Entertainment Empire

Anousha Sakoui , Bloomberg

While this deal is all about the entertainment assets, it will have a meaningful impact on theme parks because Disney gets a whole new universe of intellectual property and characters to work with. CEO Bob Iger — who knows his way around major acquisitions and theme park integrations — is now sticking around until 2021 to see this one through.

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Qatar Airways Keen on Taking a Bigger Slice of Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways Keen on Taking a Bigger Slice of Cathay Pacific

Brian Sumers, Skift

Other airlines say they're adapting to what younger travelers want. But not all of them actually do it. Delta seems to be ahead of many of its competitors. And that's a good thing.

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Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The largest hotel chains and online travel agencies have deals on paid search marketing practices that effectively trim their ad spend on Google. But smaller players remain unprotected from tough marketing tactics.

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Domestic Tourists Often Underestimated in Overtourism Equation

Domestic Tourists Often Underestimated in Overtourism Equation

Dan Peltier, Skift

You can't really blame people who live in and around a popular city for wanting to enjoy the attractions that make it special. Their taxes give them that right, after all. It needs to be factored into overtourism calculations that locals sometimes outnumber other visitors at tourism attractions.

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American Still Uses Paper Vouchers for Free Flights — Airline Innovation Report

American Still Uses Paper Vouchers for Free Flights — Airline Innovation Report

Brian Sumers, Skift

American Airlines wants to be known as a customer-friendly company. But the airline still doesn't make it easy for customers to redeem vouchers for flights. That needs to change soon.

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Skift Analyst Session Finds Little Cause for Gloom in Global Travel Outlook

Skift Analyst Session Finds Little Cause for Gloom in Global Travel Outlook

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

We think 2018 is setting up to be a solid year for growth in travel, despite lingering uncertainty over the direction of economic, foreign, and political policies around the world. Subscribe to Skift Research to learn more.

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