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Ryanair Is Getting Better at Squeezing More Money Out of Flyers

Ryanair Is Getting Better at Squeezing More Money Out of Flyers

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A big jump in ancillary revenue is certainly a bright spot in a period that has been pretty challenging for Ryanair.

7 hours ago

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Creates New Budget Brand

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Creates New Budget Brand

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With the Costa Coffee sale steaming ahead, it's time for Whitbread to think seriously about its hotel strategy. Zip will sit at the budget end but what about something above the flagship Premier Inn brand?

9 hours ago

Tourism For Good: How Chiang Mai Is Showing the Way

Tourism For Good: How Chiang Mai Is Showing the Way

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Tourism isn't perfect, but sometimes its mission can be. Four projects in northern Thailand are dedicated to creating more sustainable livelihoods for locals, preserving customs and traditions, and developing better conservation efforts for elephants. This is the good that tourism can do.

14 hours ago

Former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge Serves as a Startup Guardian Angel

Former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge Serves as a Startup Guardian Angel

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Having sold his business to Booking Holdings last year, former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge has had more time for venture investing. His views on travel startup funding are insightful. And we're not saying that just because we hope to be invited to see the gorgeous mansion in Scotland that he's been refurbishing.

15 hours ago

Why Viva Air Wants to Put Latin America’s Startups on the Map

Why Viva Air Wants to Put Latin America’s Startups on the Map

Kristin Majcher, Skift

VivaAir is the latest carrier to take a Silicon Valley-style approach to improving its technology, recently announcing that it has partnered with local universities, government entities, and startups to create an innovation lab. If executed well, this could raise the bar for customer service in the region.

15 hours ago

Hotels Are Discovering Back-of-House Uses for Voice Technology

Hotels Are Discovering Back-of-House Uses for Voice Technology

Deanna Ting, Skift

If voice technology can do more than help facilitate guest requests for forgotten toothbrushes, there's a good chance it will be more than the latest hotel tech fad.

16 hours ago

Evolution of Mexico Vacations and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Evolution of Mexico Vacations and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In tourism news this past week, we looked at how the traditional American vacation to Mexico is changing because of recent tumult, and how Brand USA is using the NFL's London Games to woo visitors back to the U.S.

1 day ago

Marriott’s Labor Unrest and 7 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Marriott’s Labor Unrest and 7 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In hospitality news this past week, Marriott's labor unrest may be a precursor for more widespread strife across the industry, and Accor's latest earnings show its struggle with making two investments pay off.

1 day ago

United’s Fuel Price Hedge and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United’s Fuel Price Hedge and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In aviation news this week, United raises ticket prices to help offset rising fuel costs, while Qatar Airway's CEO claims he's ready to pull out of the Oneworld airline alliance for good.

2 days ago

Expedia’s Hunger for Deals and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Expedia’s Hunger for Deals and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In digital news this week, Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom says a good deal is never off the table, and Expedia Chairman Barry Diller calls for Google to be regulated, while Beijing-based Shiji shares its plans for business beyond China.

2 days ago

InterContinental Hotels Still in the Market for Small Acquisitions

InterContinental Hotels Still in the Market for Small Acquisitions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Never say never but it doesn't sound like IHG is in serious shopping mode.

3 days ago

Airbnb’s Strategic Advisor Never Saw Homesharing Coming

Airbnb’s Strategic Advisor Never Saw Homesharing Coming

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Chip Conley mixes some self-promotion into his predictions, but these insights from a longtime hospitality insider warrant attention.

4 days ago