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Google to Leverage Its Waze App to Test Ride-Share Service

Google-owned Waze is a compelling navigation app, but whether Google can turn it into the foundation for a winning ride-share service will have to be tested in the marketplace over the next few months and years. Google is a latecomer to the field, although the sector is likely to undergo more disruption and a revolution in years to come.

American Express GBT Acquires KDS in Push to Accelerate Online Booking

While this acquisition was surely already in the works, it will be interesting to see if former Carlson Wagonlit Travel head Doug Anderson's tenure at American Express GBT leads to even more industry consolidation.

Affluent Travelers and the Power of Hotel Loyalty in 4 Charts

Rich travelers, or those with multi-million annual incomes and assets, are getting richer and they're also getting more loyal and becoming stronger advocates for hotels. They also expect value from loyalty programs like every other kind of traveler and choose programs accordingly.

The Changing Face of Accelerators, the Travel Industry and Startup Opportunities

Artificial intelligence and messaging are the trends of the day that many startup accelerator programs are interested in but there is also plenty of opportunity for aviation-oriented startups, in particular, to swoop in and command the attention they deserve -- and airlines desperately need their help.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Reinventing Hostels as a Lifestyle Experience

Generator Hostels is cleaving out an entirely new sub-segment in hospitality. The brand is geared toward young-minded people who want an affordable price point in major gateway cities like most hostels offer, but they also want a certain level of modern design and programming more typical of lifestyle hotel chains.

Hotel Investor, Groups360 and More in Today’s Travel Startup Watch

These are the newest travel startups from AngelList vying for travelers’ interest and investors’ attention.

United Poaches American Airlines President Scott Kirby

Scott Kirby, known for his strong financial acumen, could be the savior United's investors have been seeking.

In the Battle for Seattle Flyers, Delta Is Practically Giving Away Elite Status

Delta is once more doubling down in its campaign to woo Seattle customers.

Upgrades Disappear as Airlines Make Smaller Improvements — Skift Business Traveler

Although you may be stuck in the middle seat — hey, look — there's free in-flight entertainment.

Interview: UNWTO Secretary-General on the World-Changing Power of Travel

If you want to understand what's happening right now in global tourism, the first person you should listen to is the UNWTO's Taleb Rifai.