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Hotels

Independent Hotels Tap Social Media to Drive Direct Bookings

Independent hoteliers don't have a level playing field with the big brands when it comes to attracting direct bookings. But a savvy use of social media can improve things a lot.

Independent Hotels Tap Social Media to Drive Direct Bookings

Short-Term Rentals

Full Video: Airbnb CEO at Skift Global Forum 2022

Don't miss Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky in one of his most comprehensive sit-downs ever, on stage at Skift Global Forum with Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali. Watch as he talks about why the future of travel may be potatoes (joke) and why performance marketing is like a drug (no joke).

Full Video: Airbnb CEO at Skift Global Forum 2022

Travel Technology

Road Tripping in an Electric Car and Other Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Senior Engineering Manager Mike Linden documents what he learned about electric cars from a summer road trip, JetBlue plans more international flights, and Google makes searching train routes in Europe easier.

Road Tripping in an Electric Car and Other Top Stories This Week

News Blog

Macau Announces November Return of Mainland China Tour Groups

Macau plans to reopen to tour groups from Mainland China in November, the city's government announced on Saturday. Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng said China's central government approved the city's request to welcome mainland tour groups again. Their return should be an enormous boost for Macau, a gambling hub that's been hit hard by China's…

Airline Weekly

Cathay Pacific, British Airways Quickly Add Flights to Hong Kong After Quarantine Dropped

Cathay Pacific and British Airways are ready for travel demand to pop now that Hong Kong has dropped mandatory arrival quarantines.

Cathay Pacific, British Airways Quickly Add Flights to Hong Kong After Quarantine Dropped

News Blog

Travel Planning and Booking Platform TrovaTrip Raises $15 Million

TrovaTrip, a Portland, Oregon-based startup that connects social media content creators and travelers, has raised $15 million in a Series A round led by the Madrona Venture Group. TrovaTrip, which offers more than 150 experiences in 48 countries, enables travelers to participate in activities such as hiking in Patagonia and doing yoga in Bali. Creators…

Online Travel

Trip.com Group’s Europe and U.S. Business Now Playing Larger Role in Performance

Geographic diversification is paying off for China's Trip.com Group. Europe and the U.S. is still a fraction of its overall business, but they are now significant contributors.

Trip.com Group’s Europe and U.S. Business Now Playing Larger Role in Performance

News Blog

SoftBank Slashed Oyo Valuation 20 Percent

SoftBank Group has reportedly cut the valuation of Indian hotel-booking platform Oyo by more than 20 percent, Bloomberg reported on Thursday quoting people familiar with the matter. According to the report, the Japanese investor, who owns 45 percent of Oyo, cut its estimated value for initial public offering-bound Oyo to $2.7 billion in the June…

News Blog

Trip.com’s Business Travel Revenue Down 46 Percent

China’s ongoing lockdowns are weighing heavily on Trip.com’s business trip bookings. For its second quarter results, corporate travel revenue was $31 million, which is a 46 percent decrease on the same period in 2021. It was also 5 percent lower than the previous quarter. The company cited “continued disruptions resulting from the Covid-19 resurgence in…

News Blog

Etihad CEO Poached by Saudi Arabia’s New Airline: Reports

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways CEO Tony Douglas has agreed to join RIA — Saudi Arabia's newest airline, according to reports. It had been earlier reported that RIA, the multi-billion-dollar international carrier, had approached Douglas for the top job. Douglas has apparently agreed and other senior Etihad executives may follow him, according to Arabian Business. Global…