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Don’t Miss This Seminal Moment for Racial Justice, Travel Industry

Don’t Miss This Seminal Moment for Racial Justice, Travel Industry

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The U.S. travel industry is largely self-absorbed at the moment with millions of people out of work, and businesses struggling to survive. But it will ignore the pivotal moment that is unfolding across U.S. cities at its own peril.

2 hours ago

Marriott CEO: Virtual Meetings and Remote Work Won’t Hurt Hotels Permanently

Marriott CEO: Virtual Meetings and Remote Work Won’t Hurt Hotels Permanently

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Marriott's Arne Sorenson is optimistic that hotels will eventually go back to pre-coronavirus performance levels, but the biggest uncertainty remains over how long group travel fears will prevent business from a full rebound.

3 hours ago

Hilton Hall? Colleges Consider Hotels as Dormitories to Speed Up Return to Campus

Hilton Hall? Colleges Consider Hotels as Dormitories to Speed Up Return to Campus

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Residential hall deals with universities may be the rare type of group booking the hotel industry gets in 2020, and provide some operators with enough occupancy and revenue to buoy into recovery mode.

8 hours ago

The Anguish of Travel’s Lost Summer

The Anguish of Travel’s Lost Summer

Rosie Spinks, Skift

This will be a summer like no other — and not in a good way for the travel industry. But it's vital that industry leaders prevent themselves from snapping back into business as usual.

15 hours ago

Expedia Versus Airbnb’s Industry Recovery Plans and 10 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Expedia Versus Airbnb’s Industry Recovery Plans and 10 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In our coronavirus-related stories this week, Skift covered Expedia Group's industry recovery plan, the United Airlines CEO's hopes to avoid bankruptcy, hotel rate negotiations with corporate travel agencies, and what 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S. means for the future of travel.

2 days ago

The Role of Frontline Workers in the Airlines Recovery, the Flight Attendants Boss on the Long View This Week

The Role of Frontline Workers in the Airlines Recovery, the Flight Attendants Boss on the Long View This Week

Brian Sumers, Skift

Sara Nelson only represents one work group, with members at a few U.S. airlines. But she is the most influential labor figure in the airline industry. So that's why people will want to know her thoughts on the recovery.

3 days ago

A Mostly Domestic Southwest Airlines Is Seeing a Recovery Eluding Others for Now

A Mostly Domestic Southwest Airlines Is Seeing a Recovery Eluding Others for Now

Brian Sumers, Skift

If travelers want to stay closer to home during the recovery, as many expect, Southwest Airlines is poised to gain.

3 days ago

Airbnb Plus Is All But Abandoned as a Grand Dream That Never Met Expectations

Airbnb Plus Is All But Abandoned as a Grand Dream That Never Met Expectations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Airbnb Plus vision to have a portion of its listings meet hotel-like standards was sound. But the execution was lousy, and the exclusivity requirement was a big barrier.

3 days ago

Corp Travel Agencies See Coronavirus Silver Lining With Fewer of These Nagging Clawbacks From Airlines

Corp Travel Agencies See Coronavirus Silver Lining With Fewer of These Nagging Clawbacks From Airlines

Matthew Parsons, Skift

Corporate travel agencies should celebrate small wins whenever they can, and the easing of these administrative burdens is good news.

3 days ago

RV and Outdoor Recreation Companies See a Boom in Bookings

RV and Outdoor Recreation Companies See a Boom in Bookings

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The great outdoors is appealing to many people who have been cooped up under stay-at-home restrictions. It's no wonder that several booking services for camping and related services are reporting growth.

3 days ago

Hotel Industry Turns to 9/11 Legal Framework to Navigate Pandemic Insurance

Hotel Industry Turns to 9/11 Legal Framework to Navigate Pandemic Insurance

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Legislators may have a pandemic business interruption insurance solution — but it almost certainly won't help hoteliers currently struggling due to coronavirus-related drops in travel.

3 days ago

Trip.com Group’s Venture Arm Bets on GreenCloud Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Trip.com Group’s Venture Arm Bets on GreenCloud Hotel Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travel startups that have raised fresh funding include GreenCloud, a hotel software firm, Bobobox, a pod hotel brand, React Mobile, a maker of panic buttons, and Cabana, a luxe camper-van firm.

4 days ago