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Delta-Latam Tie-Up Will Expand SkyTeam Reach in South America

Delta-Latam Tie-Up Will Expand SkyTeam Reach in South America

Grant Martin, Skift

The new partnership in the works between Delta and Latam may drastically affect the way that Oneworld and SkyTeam loyalists shift their business. But there's still no timeline for when any changes will happen.

2 hours ago

Marriott Drives Deeper Into Luxury Short-Term Rentals as a Loyalty Play

Marriott Drives Deeper Into Luxury Short-Term Rentals as a Loyalty Play

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb has nothing to worry about. Marriott is mainly interested in using rentals as a tool to build brand loyalty. So the Bethesda, Maryland-based hotel giant won't threaten the established players in short-term rental booking.

10 hours ago

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Booking.com flight partnership with eTraveli doesn't seem particularly seamless because travelers still have to hop over to a third-party site, Gotogate, to complete their reservations. Still, the deal is another step in Booking.com's evolution from hotel-only provider in its early days to well-rounded online travel company.

11 hours ago

Booking Holdings Drops Out of Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative

Booking Holdings Drops Out of Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Libra cryptocurrency program is falling apart following regulatory pushback. Booking Holdings likely didn't want the hassle of being associated with such a controversial initiative, which may not get off the ground in the near term.

15 hours ago

Tackling the Abuse Problem in Hospitality Head-On

Tackling the Abuse Problem in Hospitality Head-On

Colin Nagy, Skift

Abuse of staff is a problem in hospitality. And too often, it gets swept under the rug. What will it take for a zero-tolerance policy to actually be enforced — consistently?

24 hours ago

Delta Hints at Simpler Fares and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Delta Hints at Simpler Fares and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, Delta's president suggests the airline could throw back to a simpler fare structure — or at least something similar. Meanwhile, travel leaders are already picking sides ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

2 days ago

Booking Holdings Withdraws From Google Vacation Rentals and 8 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Booking Holdings Withdraws From Google Vacation Rentals and 8 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, we take a look at Booking Holdings' decision to pull back from Google's vacation rentals business. Meanwhile, change is in the air for Airbnb Experiences, at least in leadership, as the category continues to be unprofitable.

2 days ago

Airbnb Faces New Challenge With Google Vacation Rental Biz and 10 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Airbnb Faces New Challenge With Google Vacation Rental Biz and 10 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in hospitality, it's a tricky business for Airbnb as the company confronts Google's new vacation rental business. Meanwhile, we take a look at how tourism and the hospitality sector are faring in the Dominican Republic following a difficult summer.

3 days ago

Third-Party Excursions Popular With Cruisers and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Third-Party Excursions Popular With Cruisers and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, cruise lines are feeling the heat as third-party company tours become more of a hit with passengers and travel advisors. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's new tourism frontier is put to the test as the kingdom loosens restrictions in a bid to bring in more non-Muslim visitors.

3 days ago

Culture Trip Struggles to Justify Massive Investment

Culture Trip Struggles to Justify Massive Investment

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We get it, startups often have to accept substantial losses in order to quickly expand a particular business. But given the size of Culture Trip's revenue and the market in which it operates, it's difficult to see why investors have pumped more than $100 million into the business.

3 days ago

United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles

United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles

Grant Martin, Skift

United's MileagePlus program is changing dramatically in 2020 to focus more on high-spend rather than high-mileage travelers. Translation: It's getting harder for frugal flyers to be elite.

3 days ago

Iconic Boutique Hotelier Liz Lambert Out at Standard’s Bunkhouse Group

Iconic Boutique Hotelier Liz Lambert Out at Standard’s Bunkhouse Group

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Standard Hotels buying into Bunkhouse Group seemed like a perfect match, one boutique hotel innovator investing in another. The goodwill seems to have soured since then, and it's difficult to know exactly what happens to the Bunkhouse brand without its founder.

3 days ago