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Skift Forum Europe: Design Hotels CEO on the Independent Spirit in Hospitality

Skift Forum Europe: Design Hotels CEO on the Independent Spirit in Hospitality

Greg Oates, Skift

Early on, Design Hotels narrowed in on the concept that innovative design was the foundation for any good brand experience. The company built on that by promoting the member hotel owners as expert curators of their local neighborhoods.

4 mins ago

United Launches Long-Haul Polaris Business Class Seats

United Launches Long-Haul Polaris Business Class Seats

Grant Martin, Skift

United Airlines finally launched the in-cabin portion of its Polaris experience, bringing lie-flat, aisle access seats to all of its new widebody aircraft.

19 mins ago

Corporate Travel Holds Its Breath Waiting for Trump’s Next Travel Ban

Corporate Travel Holds Its Breath Waiting for Trump’s Next Travel Ban

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The first travel ban resulted in stranded travelers, widespread protests, and court battles. What will round two bring, and will corporate travel executives be better prepared this time?

49 mins ago

TripAdvisor’s Journey Into the Vacation Rental Industry

TripAdvisor’s Journey Into the Vacation Rental Industry

Dave Montali, Skift

TripAdvisor's power to leverage vast amount of data and traffic, alongside the acquisitions of multiple companies, has already positioned the company as the one of the largest marketplaces in the industry.

1 hour ago

Foreign Airlines Gain Share in Flying U.S. Travelers on Trips Abroad

Foreign Airlines Gain Share in Flying U.S. Travelers on Trips Abroad

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. airlines made executive changes and product upgrades last year to improve performance. But this data will only encourage the Big Three legacy carriers to redouble efforts with the Trump administration to curb foreign airline expansion and reopen Open Skies agreements.

24 hours ago

4 New Travel Startups Helping Hotels Engage With Guests

4 New Travel Startups Helping Hotels Engage With Guests

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tink Labs is a standout Hong Kong company in the hotel ecosystem. It attracted $170 million in funding to make its Handy loaner smartphones a free amenity in hotels worldwide. But we found some other companies that are also offering promising tools for hoteliers.

1 day ago

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Richard Holmes, Skift

From wild safari getaways to its vibrant colorful cities, Africa has more than enough to tempt the 200 million Chinese tourists forecast to be trotting the globe by 2020. But is enough being done to roll out the welcome mat? It depends where you look.

1 day ago

African Tour Operators Rethink Animal Attractions and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

African Tour Operators Rethink Animal Attractions and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the tourism trends we were talking about this week.

2 days ago

Kayak and Momondo Combine and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Kayak and Momondo Combine and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the digital trends we were talking about this week.

2 days ago

Native American Destinations See Surge in Overseas Visitors

Native American Destinations See Surge in Overseas Visitors

Sarah Enelow, Skift

AIANTA wants to keep capitalizing on its success over the past couple of years, increasing tourism to Native American destinations. Its goals for 2020 are ambitious, but doable, given the stats so far.

3 days ago

Airbnb Acquires Luxury Retreats and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Acquires Luxury Retreats and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.

3 days ago

United Poaches Another American Exec and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United Poaches Another American Exec and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week.

3 days ago