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Meeting Planners Struggle to Create Sustainable Events

Meeting Planners Struggle to Create Sustainable Events

Isaac Carey, Skift

Millennials are starting to step into management positions at event companies, easing the way toward more sustainable events. But the industry still has a long way to go.

33 mins ago

Qantas Boldly Overhauls Loyalty Program, Resists Dynamic Pricing

Qantas Boldly Overhauls Loyalty Program, Resists Dynamic Pricing

Grant Martin, Skift

Broad changes to the frequent flyer program employed by Qantas should largely be welcomed by the airline's road warriors, a rarity in today's airline loyalty industry.

4 hours ago

Vietnam’s Homesharing Surge Creates Bargains for Travelers

Vietnam’s Homesharing Surge Creates Bargains for Travelers

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The Vietnamese are known for their entrepreneurial spirit. A growth spurt in homesharing listings shows how eagerly they have sought a share of the tourism boom. But yields are falling even as the supply of homes and hotels are continuing to increase. Crunch time is near or perhaps even here.

8 hours ago

Oyo Plans $300 Million U.S. Expansion With Focus on Major Cities

Oyo Plans $300 Million U.S. Expansion With Focus on Major Cities

Danni Santana, Skift

Sometimes it's obvious when a company is growing too fast. This doesn't appear to be one of those times. Oyo wants to be everywhere customers want to vacation.

9 hours ago

It’s Summer and Everyone Is Writing About Overtourism

It’s Summer and Everyone Is Writing About Overtourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The intense media coverage of overtourism during high summer season makes sense, but putting the onus on travelers to solve it misrepresents the deeper issues at play.

11 hours ago

Meeting Planners Make Slow Progress Toward Sustainability

Meeting Planners Make Slow Progress Toward Sustainability

Isaac Carey, Skift

Reducing food waste and environmental impacts are proving to be difficult for meeting planners. The sector's antiquated way of doing business is holding up progress at a moment when widespread change is necessary.

15 hours ago

Private Equity Takes Control of Cendyn in a Bet on Hotel Tech

Private Equity Takes Control of Cendyn in a Bet on Hotel Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Many hoteliers will be watching what Cendyn's new president, Tim Sullivan, does to grow his company's software suite, which offers tools for automated marketing, business intelligence, and group sales management. Can it fend off competitors?

17 hours ago

Tour Operators: Airbnb Adventures Knows Distribution, Not Destinations

Tour Operators: Airbnb Adventures Knows Distribution, Not Destinations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Big-name tour operators aren't losing sleep over Airbnb Adventures. But some are indeed paying close attention, which is prudent. Just ask European airlines, which underestimated the emergence of Ryanair and EasyJet, and would love to have a do-over.

23 hours ago

Choice Hotels Rebrand Campaign Aims to Win Back Business Travelers

Choice Hotels Rebrand Campaign Aims to Win Back Business Travelers

Danni Santana, Skift

Choice Hotels realized years ago that Comfort Inn's look was outdated. The company has to hope that spending billions on renovations and new marketing materials will make the brand successful again.

24 hours ago

What the China-U.S. Trade War Means for High-End Retail

What the China-U.S. Trade War Means for High-End Retail

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A sustained dispute between the United States and China will do plenty of damage to the American luxury retail industry.

1 day ago

Travel Advisors Take New Route on Classic American Road Trips

Travel Advisors Take New Route on Classic American Road Trips

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The classic American road trip is being revamped for more affluent and sophisticated travelers. Improved accommodations and amenities are a far cry from what many clients may recall from childhood.

1 day ago

Boeing 737 Max Gets a Lift With 200-Jet Order From British Airways Parent IAG

Boeing 737 Max Gets a Lift With 200-Jet Order From British Airways Parent IAG

Brian Sumers, Skift

International Airlines CEO Willie Walsh likes a good deal. We're guessing he found one here. Clearly he's betting travelers have short memories.

2 days ago