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Greenland Wants American Visitors and 11 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Greenland Wants American Visitors and 11 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in tourism, Greenland, Georgia, and Venice all want visitors — but with a few caveats. Then check out our long read on cultural tours to indigenous communities and the exploitation that happens beneath the surface.

15 hours ago

Sabre Under Fire With U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit and 15 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sabre Under Fire With U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit and 15 Other Digital Trends This Week

Tom Lowry, Skift

In digital news this week, text messages between executives at Sabre may have given U.S. regulators ammunition for their antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant over its acquisition of Farelogix. Also, we look at an IT outage at British Airways and other recent tech problems at airlines and talk to Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel about the potential of cash alternatives.

18 hours ago

Budget Hotel Chain Oyo Continues Meteoric Growth With Vegas Hooters Acquisition

Budget Hotel Chain Oyo Continues Meteoric Growth With Vegas Hooters Acquisition

Danni Santana, Skift

Oyo is opening, on average, one new hotel per day. It should be available in all 50 U.S. states in no time.

2 days ago

Skift Global Forum: What to Expect for 2019

Skift Global Forum: What to Expect for 2019

Rafat Ali, Skift

Take a 60-second tour of what you can expect to see, hear, and do at this year's Skift Global Forum.

2 days ago

Delta Pilots Upset That Primo Routes to Europe Are Going to Foreign Partners

Delta Pilots Upset That Primo Routes to Europe Are Going to Foreign Partners

Brian Sumers, Skift

At your typical U.S. airline, a minor dispute between a labor union and management is not unusual. But Delta has a lot fewer of these skirmishes than its competitors.

2 days ago

Zhiketong Raises $42.5 Million for Hotel Marketing on WeChat: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Zhiketong Raises $42.5 Million for Hotel Marketing on WeChat: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Zhiketong stands out for receiving investment from top-tier investors and travel companies. The company helps hotels and other firms market their services to travelers via WeChat, a messaging service and payment platform. Hotels like WeChat because it charges lower commissions than online travel agencies like Ctrip.

2 days ago

Philippine Tourism Industry Attracts More Family Money: Why It’s Wrong

Philippine Tourism Industry Attracts More Family Money: Why It’s Wrong

Raini Hamdi, Skift

For many, the idea that a few families can control a whole industry is unthinkable, unfair, actually galling. In Philippine tourism, it’s as entrenched as the sight of a jeepney — no one thinks anything of it at all. That has to change, although it won’t be anytime soon.

2 days ago

What Hotel Earnings Reveal About Group Business Travel

What Hotel Earnings Reveal About Group Business Travel

Isaac Carey, Skift

It's undeniable: Group bookings are declining, and they probably will be for a while.

2 days ago

Wellness Arrives at the Airport Terminal

Wellness Arrives at the Airport Terminal

Leslie Barrie, Skift

The travel industry is trying to offer more wellness-related services, so it’s no surprise that airlines and airports want in. But whether they can really make the flying experience more relaxing is another story.

2 days ago

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Does anyone remember when Travelocity was the leading U.S. online travel agency? We're thinking about that because a milestone may have taken place in the first quarter when Airbnb attracted more room nights booked than did Expedia. What it does clearly show is that the online travel pecking order is very much in flux.

3 days ago

How Australia’s Webjet Is Building a Global Business by Going Wholesale

How Australia’s Webjet Is Building a Global Business by Going Wholesale

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Webjet has really transformed its business over the past few years through a couple of sizable acquisitions. The Australian consumer market is proving pretty tough, so pursuing a strategy of global expansion in the wholesale arena makes sense.

3 days ago

Can Wellness Find Its Way Into the Cramped Confines of Economy Class?

Can Wellness Find Its Way Into the Cramped Confines of Economy Class?

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Thanks to the wellness movement, both airlines and airports are upping their healthy offerings, and not just for elite travelers. Whether or not the meditation apps and relaxation suites they're increasingly offering is actually making a difference, though, is up for debate.

3 days ago