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Investor Giant Blackstone Stands Ready With $252 Billion to Invest: Travel Can Benefit

Investor Giant Blackstone Stands Ready With $252 Billion to Invest: Travel Can Benefit

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Blackstone wants to expand its investments in flashy segments like e-commerce and sustainable energy, but the tanked travel sector may offer the most attractive prices and upswing.

19 hours ago

Video: Interview With JetBlue President Joanna Geraghty at Skift Global Forum🔒

Video: Interview With JetBlue President Joanna Geraghty at Skift Global Forum🔒

Tom Lowry , Skift

Crisis creates opportunities. No travel company has seized that mantra more than JetBlue. The airline's president Joanna Geraghty said a shift to more leisure and family travel has hit JetBlue's sweet spot, even in these unprecedented times.

20 hours ago

Biz Travel Booker Lola Fills Void by Following Rivals With New Expense Tool Breakout

Biz Travel Booker Lola Fills Void by Following Rivals With New Expense Tool Breakout

Matthew Parsons, Skift

Merging travel and expense will appeal to those corporations wanting to save money by streamlining operations, but with so many platforms now moving into budgeting tech, how will it stand out?

21 hours ago

Marriott Throws Hat Into the Work-From-Hotel Ring

Marriott Throws Hat Into the Work-From-Hotel Ring

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Marriott and Hilton entering the work-from-hotel space puts smaller hotel companies on defense, as the bigger brands have significantly more room to expand and compete — if they think it's worth it.

21 hours ago

The Explosion of Media Consumption in a Pandemic and Implications for Travel

The Explosion of Media Consumption in a Pandemic and Implications for Travel

Rafat Ali, Skift

The explosion of media consumption around the globe this pandemic year has huge implications for the future of every business sector, including travel. Watch this video to get your head spinning ... well, you'll see.

23 hours ago

JetBlue Sees Rapid Covid Tests as Key to Near-Term Recovery Ahead of Vaccines

JetBlue Sees Rapid Covid Tests as Key to Near-Term Recovery Ahead of Vaccines

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

JetBlue isn't pinning its hopes on a Covid-19 vaccine. Instead, it says a cheap and accurate rapid-response test could be what makes governments lift onerous quarantines and convinces people to fly again.

2 days ago

A Newer Way of Charging for Hotel Metasearch Ads Is Catching On

A Newer Way of Charging for Hotel Metasearch Ads Is Catching On

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google, Trivago, and Sojern began this year to offer a commission-based model for digital advertising in metasearch. Hoteliers may find that a more appealing way of budgeting than paying on a cost-per-click basis or by a monthly fee.

2 days ago

The Largest IPO in History Just Happened and It Has a Huge Travel Angle

The Largest IPO in History Just Happened and It Has a Huge Travel Angle

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com, Airbnb, Marriott, and every high-end retail shop on the Champs-Élysées want to see the proliferation of Alipay and other digital payment services to capture the spending of Chinese travelers. But Alipay's key cross-border payments strategy, despite a record-setting IPO, has run into major snags.

2 days ago

Video: Interview With Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson at Skift Global Forum🔒

Video: Interview With Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson at Skift Global Forum🔒

Jason Clampet, Skift

Marriott's CEO has joined us on stage at Skift Global Forum in years past, but for 2020 the message is more immediate, even if he is promoting a long-term perspective on the industry.

2 days ago

SAP Concur Is a Collateral Victim of the Collapse in Business Travel

SAP Concur Is a Collateral Victim of the Collapse in Business Travel

Sean O'Neill, Skift

SAP has pared back its own business travel. It probably had those cuts in mind when it lowered forecasts for its Concur unit, which offers travel expense management software.

2 days ago

MakeMyTrip Sees a Surge in Alternative Accommodations in India

MakeMyTrip Sees a Surge in Alternative Accommodations in India

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Homestays and guest houses are still a small market in India, but it's mainly a problem of supply and not demand now. Investing in the country's alternative accommodations is a long-term bet, but the potential is large.

2 days ago

Hard Truths From Singapore’s Reopening Gambits

Hard Truths From Singapore’s Reopening Gambits

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Desperation is the new mother of invention and all eyes are on Singapore to see if the slew of measures it is taking will go down in history as forerunners of safe travel reopening — or just despairing moves.

2 days ago