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The Perils of Renewing Your Contract With a Corporate Travel Agency in a Crisis

The Perils of Renewing Your Contract With a Corporate Travel Agency in a Crisis

Matthew Parsons, Skift

A crisis can either strain a relationship or cement it. Many travel agencies with contracts expiring on the horizon are about to find out which category they fall into with their corporate customers.

3 days ago

Austria Plans Mass Virus Testing of Hotel Staff to Get Tourists Back

Austria Plans Mass Virus Testing of Hotel Staff to Get Tourists Back

Francois Murphy, Reuters

For a country desperate to reopen its internal borders for summer holidays, Austria's bold plan to extensively test hospitality workers for coronavirus could pave a faster way towards tourism recovery.

3 days ago

Fly Now Pay Later Raises $42 Million for Loans: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Fly Now Pay Later Raises $42 Million for Loans: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Uplift and Affirm have seen gains from installment payments for travel purchases in the U.S., and the London-based startup Fly Now Pay Later wants to apply the model in Europe. The concept could help cash-strapped people resume trips.

3 days ago

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Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines + Skift

Southwest Airlines is upping its corporate travel game by significantly expanding its presence in the global distribution system (GDS) network. This is set to enhance the relationship between the airline and its corporate buyers and agencies.

5 days ago

Cvent Layoffs Underway

Cvent Layoffs Underway

EventMB

Cvent, one of the largest event technology companies, is reportedly laying off some of its workforce. Cvent began laying off an undetermined number of workers on Thursday, multiple sources told EventMB.

3 days ago

Debt Woes Mount for Hotel Company Tied to Coronavirus Relief Loan Controversy

Debt Woes Mount for Hotel Company Tied to Coronavirus Relief Loan Controversy

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Ashford Hospitality Trust is running out of relief options for its billions of dollars in mortgage debt, and selling or giving back assets to lenders seems almost certain.

3 days ago

Southwest CEO Says Airline to Limit Seats Through July

Southwest CEO Says Airline to Limit Seats Through July

Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

On the positive side, Southwest said so far this month bookings outpaced trip cancellations.

3 days ago

Someone Says They Caught Coronavirus at Your Hotel: Now What?

Someone Says They Caught Coronavirus at Your Hotel: Now What?

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Coronavirus liability lawsuits may seem like catnip for lawyers who advertise on daytime TV, but the proof hurdle is a high one to clear when it comes to a highly infectious disease.

3 days ago

More U.S. Consumers Plan to Spend More on Travel Over Next 12 Months Than Before the Pandemic: Skift’s Latest Travel Tracker

More U.S. Consumers Plan to Spend More on Travel Over Next 12 Months Than Before the Pandemic: Skift’s Latest Travel Tracker

Haixia Wang, Skift Research

When and how consumers will travel again might have a lot to do with how their lives are impacted by Covid-19. Our April travel tracker analysis delves into the details.

3 days ago

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Seeks $1.2 Billion to Convert Independents to Brand

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Seeks $1.2 Billion to Convert Independents to Brand

Muvija M and Abhinav Ramnarayan, Reuters

Whitbread is the UK's leading hotel operator. It wants to boost its room inventory in the UK and Germany by 170,000, mostly by taking share from the "significant but declining independent hotel sector."

3 days ago

How Museums Are Imagining Reopening in the Time of Social Distancing

How Museums Are Imagining Reopening in the Time of Social Distancing

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The world's leading museums pride themselves on taking the utmost care of their collections. In the context of the pandemic, they have perhaps an even bigger task: keeping their visitors and staff safe, as well.

3 days ago

UK Culture Secretary Previews Plans to Bring Back Domestic Vacations as Early as July

UK Culture Secretary Previews Plans to Bring Back Domestic Vacations as Early as July

Frances Perraudin, The Guardian

The UK's culture minister indicates he wants Britons themselves to prop up the tourism industry this summer.

4 days ago