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Corporate Travel Faces a Grand Experiment

Corporate Travel Faces a Grand Experiment

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Corporate travel is barreling down an uncertain road to a facelift that could strip it down to essential business by the time the travel sector gets to the other side of its coronavirus rebound.

2 hours ago

Loyalty Programs Need to Get Aspirational When Travelers Are Stuck at Home

Loyalty Programs Need to Get Aspirational When Travelers Are Stuck at Home

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airlines built loyalty programs around spend thresholds rather than miles traveled in recent years. The pandemic may catapult airline and hotel loyalty programs into becoming less transactional and more experiential and creative.

3 hours ago

Las Vegas Ripe for Tech-Driven Reinvention in Wake of Pandemic: MGM Exec

Las Vegas Ripe for Tech-Driven Reinvention in Wake of Pandemic: MGM Exec

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Las Vegas is tried and true. Or is it? Just like with everything else, the pandemic will upend what one of the U.S.'s leading destinations has to offer — and digitization and hybrid models will be at the core of the reinvention.

7 hours ago

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Reopening Costa Rica: Hotel Recovery in the New Normal

Reopening Costa Rica: Hotel Recovery in the New Normal

Costa Rica Tourism Board + Skift

Supported by a WTTC Safe Travel Stamp, Costa Rica’s borders have slowly re-opened to international tourism. We chat to hotel operators on the ground about the fresh protocols, and the path to recovery.

2 weeks ago

Accor CEO Says Corporate Reorg Has Nothing To Do With Covid Impact Despite Massive Layoffs

Accor CEO Says Corporate Reorg Has Nothing To Do With Covid Impact Despite Massive Layoffs

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The global pandemic still impacted Accor's recent corporate restructuring, whether the company sees it that way or not.

1 day ago

Marriott CEO Embraces ‘Hygiene Theater,’ Noting All the Measures Boost Guest Comfort Levels

Marriott CEO Embraces ‘Hygiene Theater,’ Noting All the Measures Boost Guest Comfort Levels

Cameron Sperance, Skift

It's unlikely economic lockdowns are in the cards for preventing future coronavirus case surges in the U.S., and Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson's defense of "hygiene theater" shows what the business community sees as a viable alternative safety measure.

1 day ago

Las Vegas Resorts Scramble for New Strategies Amid 4th Straight Month of No Conventions

Las Vegas Resorts Scramble for New Strategies Amid 4th Straight Month of No Conventions

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Las Vegas casino resorts are seeking creative alternative revenue streams while convention travel is bottomed out, but it's highly unlikely anything will match the dollars associated with a mammoth, multi-day event.

2 days ago

Airports Would Get Upgrades Under $14 Billion U.S. House Spending Measure

Airports Would Get Upgrades Under $14 Billion U.S. House Spending Measure

David Shepardson, Reuters

The U.S. House has a $14 billion plan to fix a highway and airport funding shortfall during the pandemic, but the measure is still just another Band-Aid on a growing need for legitimate infrastructure spending.

2 days ago

A Lifestyle Hotel Brand Fights Through Carnage to Stay Independent

A Lifestyle Hotel Brand Fights Through Carnage to Stay Independent

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The lifestyle hotel sector is increasingly crowded with bigger brands, but Dream Hotel Group is one of the few genuinely boutique players left on the field. Independence may be its trump card for brand identity moving forward."

3 days ago

Occupancy Rates for China’s Hotels Show First Year-Over-Year Growth Since Pandemic’s Start

Occupancy Rates for China’s Hotels Show First Year-Over-Year Growth Since Pandemic’s Start

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Even if recent occupancy gains are tied to a blip in the holiday calendar, Chinese hotels continue to see a coronavirus economic recovery pattern that is the envy of the world.

6 days ago

The Future of Contactless Tech in Hotels Past the Pandemic: New Skift Research

The Future of Contactless Tech in Hotels Past the Pandemic: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

All the contactless tech that is receiving so much buzz in the hotel industry today predates the current crisis. So it might not be revolutionary, but the impact will certainly outlast the pandemic.

6 days ago

No Escaping Climate Change for the Travel Industry Even When Covid-19 Becomes a Distant Memory

No Escaping Climate Change for the Travel Industry Even When Covid-19 Becomes a Distant Memory

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Masks, social distancing, and vaccines can't stop climate change. It isn't a competition to choose the most dire threat, climate change or Covid-19, because they are interrelated. But taking a long-term view, climate change will be an existential threat to the travel industry, and the world, even as coronavirus fades.

7 days ago