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Hong Kong’s Top Tourism Executive Plans Marketing Blitz to Revive Travel by July

Hong Kong’s Top Tourism Executive Plans Marketing Blitz to Revive Travel by July

Donny Kwok, Reuters

Given Hong Kong's decimated tourist appeal due to coronavirus and months of anti-government protests, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has several obstacles to clear ahead of a recovery.

6 mins ago

Leisure Travel Comes Back First as Drive-To Rather than Fly-To: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust CEO

Leisure Travel Comes Back First as Drive-To Rather than Fly-To: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust CEO

Cameron Sperance , Skift

It's hard to expect a V-shaped rebound for the hotel industry, but improvements to coronavirus testing could accelerate the L-shaped recovery, anticipates Jon Bortz, the CEO of a large hotel ownership group.

2 hours ago

Airbnb’s Valuation Almost Halved to $18 Billion

Airbnb’s Valuation Almost Halved to $18 Billion

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Love it or hate it, you can hardly blame Airbnb for a deflated valuation, although not all of the plunge is coronavirus-related. The pain that is infecting travel and other companies at this moment is boundless.

18 hours ago

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Executive Q&A: How Hoteliers Can Master Metasearch Advertising With Machine Learning

Executive Q&A: How Hoteliers Can Master Metasearch Advertising With Machine Learning

DerbySoft + Skift

Hoteliers are typically at a disadvantage when it comes to competing efficiently in metasearch with online travel agencies. But most of these challenges can be overcome with the right technology partner in place.

1 month ago

Oyo Furloughs Thousands of Employees Globally Except for India

Oyo Furloughs Thousands of Employees Globally Except for India

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Oyo put in place a substantial number of furloughs — likely in the thousands — and there are probably many more to come after the India lockdown ends. The Oyo that emerges will look different than the rocket ship of a year ago. Withdrawing from certain markets will certainly have to be under consideration.

1 day ago

Economy Extended Stay Is the Strongest of the Weak U.S. Hotel Sector in March

Economy Extended Stay Is the Strongest of the Weak U.S. Hotel Sector in March

Cameron Sperance , Skift

U.S. economy extended stay hotels continue to see relatively strong performance levels during the coronavirus downturn, while offering rooms for emergency services could maintain numbers from dipping as the crisis continues.

2 days ago

Tourist-Heavy States Will Feel Some of the Worst Coronavirus Economic Sting: Report

Tourist-Heavy States Will Feel Some of the Worst Coronavirus Economic Sting: Report

Howard Schneider, Reuters

As economists struggle to make sense of how big the coronavirus downturn will be, many point to tourist-heavy states with older populations like Florida, Maine, and Nevada as having the most vulnerable economies in the U.S.

3 days ago

Hilton, American Express Offer 1 Million Rooms to Coronavirus Frontline Medical Staff

Hilton, American Express Offer 1 Million Rooms to Coronavirus Frontline Medical Staff

Cameron Sperance , Skift

The Hilton and American Express partnership is the latest in a growing list of hospitality companies looking to pump life into empty hotels during the coronavirus downturn in travel.

3 days ago

Resort Communities Face Crisis as Wealthy Escape Coronavirus Hotspots

Resort Communities Face Crisis as Wealthy Escape Coronavirus Hotspots

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

Now isn't the time to travel to a resort community, many of which are facing their own coronavirus crises.

5 days ago

Shuffled Not Shaken Out: How Hotel Giants Will Handle All Those Brands Post-Coronavirus

Shuffled Not Shaken Out: How Hotel Giants Will Handle All Those Brands Post-Coronavirus

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Recent brand buildup by global hotel giants has caused some analysts to caution against brand cannibalization, but the coronavirus downturn isn't likely to change the push for more flags.

7 days ago

Nevada Extends Casino Coronavirus-Related Closures Until April 30

Nevada Extends Casino Coronavirus-Related Closures Until April 30

Michelle L. Price and Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Las Vegas casinos will be closed at least another month due to coronavirus fears, but the dormant resorts and convention halls are getting alternatively used for healthcare services.

1 week ago

Normalcy Won’t Come Until 2022: CEO of Ireland’s Largest Hotel Group

Normalcy Won’t Come Until 2022: CEO of Ireland’s Largest Hotel Group

Padraic Halpin, Reuters

It may take until 2022 for bookings to return to pre-coronavirus levels at Ireland's Dalata Hotel Group, but the company also has a sale-leaseback safety net if the travel industry faces an even worse coronavirus downturn.

1 week ago