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Marriott Experiments With Homesharing

Marriott Experiments With Homesharing

Deanna Ting, Skift

Leave it to Marriott to figure out a way to make homesharing work for the hotel industry. But as we've noted before, this space has its challenges, and figuring out the logistics and differences between managing homes and hotels will be crucial.

2 hours ago

The Skift 2018 Corporate Travel Innovators List

The Skift 2018 Corporate Travel Innovators List

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Corporate travel is extremely resistant to innovation because a select handful of gatekeepers make it difficult for new entrants to gain access to the content and data that is needed. These players are driving the industry forward by fixing how travelers book and experience business travel.

6 hours ago

Airline Upgrades Lead to a Purloined Pillow Problem

Airline Upgrades Lead to a Purloined Pillow Problem

Brian Sumers, Skift

Why can't business class passengers have nice things? Here's one problem: When airlines upgrade their amenities, passengers often steal them.

6 hours ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Airbnb’s Jeroen Merchiers on the Battle with Booking

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Airbnb’s Jeroen Merchiers on the Battle with Booking

Deanna Ting, Skift

You won't want to miss what Merchiers has to say about the battle for online travel dominance, as well as Airbnb's growth plans for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa this week at the Skift Forum Europe.

7 hours ago

The Balkans, Yes, The Balkans, Lead Europe’s New Tourism Push

The Balkans, Yes, The Balkans, Lead Europe’s New Tourism Push

Robert Reid , Skift

Long overshadowed by "Old Europe" for tourism, the Balkans are emerging as the center of "New Europe." But you better book now since the travelers' secret is out.

7 hours ago

We’re Excited to See You at Skift Forum Europe

We’re Excited to See You at Skift Forum Europe

Rafat Ali, Skift

I’m writing you to with a promise: Skift Forum Europe will be the best one-day travel conference you’ll attend all year. I’m excited to see you all this week in Berlin!

8 hours ago

Marriott Combines Its Loyalty Programs and 10 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Marriott Combines Its Loyalty Programs and 10 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in hospitality, Marriott finally announced how it will combine all three of its loyalty programs. Meanwhile, hotel commission cuts are the new reality for meeting planners, and Airbnb takes a shaky step into the meeting and event sector.

17 hours ago

Southwest’s Fatal Accident and 7 Other Aviation Stories This Week

Southwest’s Fatal Accident and 7 Other Aviation Stories This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in aviation, Allegiant Air was in the hot seat over its safety record and Southwest tried to recover from a passenger death, the first for a U.S. airline since 2009 and the first for Southwest since it began flying in 1971.

22 hours ago

Marketing the Caribbean After Hurricanes and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Marketing the Caribbean After Hurricanes and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in tourism, we had our eye on the Caribbean. Cuba is attracting more U.S. government-approved cruises while the larger region is putting money aside to continue recovering lost visitation from the 2017 hurricanes.

2 days ago

Booking Holdings Is Going Full-Service and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Booking Holdings Is Going Full-Service and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, Booking Holdings was very busy with long-term strategic moves, including plans to go full-service while buying an activities distribution startup.

2 days ago

TripAdvisor Buys Tours and Activities Tech Provider Bokun as Connectivity Race Heats Up

TripAdvisor Buys Tours and Activities Tech Provider Bokun as Connectivity Race Heats Up

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We said there would be more consolidation in the tours and activities space, and the ink was hardly dry when TripAdvisor announced the acquisition of Bokun. This enables TripAdvisor to provide an end-to-end solution without having to rely on third party vendors to bring tours and activities suppliers on board.

3 days ago

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has formally entered the meetings and events sector with a simple widget and landing page. It will be much more interesting when Airbnb decides to use its platform to sell actual meeting space to organizers, since a global race is on among technology platforms to crack the online booking market for small and simple meetings.

3 days ago