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Flybe CEO Makes Shock Departure

No clear reason was given for Hammad’s departure but a clue will likely be found in the company’s upcoming first-half results.

2 hours ago

Wyndham Expands Loyalty Program to Its Vacation Rentals and Timeshares

This is a much smarter, more thought-out move on Wyndham Rewards' part, compared to its failed attempt to woo away Starwood Preferred Guest members a few weeks ago. Drawing on its parent company's strong portfolio of vacation rentals and timeshares gives Wyndham Rewards an edge in attracting travelers who desire a wider variety of accommodations when they travel.

3 hours ago

Video: Club Med CEO on Upscaling the All-Inclusive

Sometimes size and scale distract from a company's mission. Club Med's CEO has learned that it's better to zero in on a target market and serve them well rather than cast a too-wide net.

3 hours ago

11 Big Editorial Projects From Skift In 2016 You May Have Missed

Our storytelling ambitions at Skift are growing bigger, and this year we've leaned into these big editorial projects in a big way. The key animating function for us is understanding the big picture around travel that you otherwise won't read in other travel or mainstream media. Expect deeper reporting from us over the coming year as well.

4 hours ago

Spirit Airlines Is Thinking Smaller Under New CEO

Under new CEO Bob Fornaro, Spirit Airlines is deviating slightly from the typical ultra low cost carrier playbook. Most passengers probably won't notice it, as Spirit will still pack in the seats and charge for everything. But around the edges, Spirit's strategy is evolving slightly.

4 hours ago

Travel Agents Struggle to Market Against Online Travel Giants

When it comes to reaching consumers, travel agencies don't have the resources to fight against travel providers and online booking titans. They need to be more creative with the tools they do have, and many are experimenting on social media and other digital channels.

4 hours ago

Sydney Positions Conferences As Catalysts for Economic Development

Governments, convention bureaus, and universities like those in Australia are collaborating more strategically to diversify the economy and drive economic development by targeting specific international conferences aligned with national interests.

5 hours ago

Growth of Mobile Travel Bookings in 6 Charts

Smartphones continue gaining ground with online travel bookings, albeit slowly, and mobile web still outpaces what can be clunky mobile app user experiences.

5 hours ago

What’s Behind JetBlue’s Investment in a Small Jet Airline?

JetBlue's investment in JetSuiteX is probably not a game-changer. But it is unusual, and it will be interesting to see how the JetBlue/JetSuiteX partnership evolves.

20 hours ago

Rezidor Cutting Costs to Cope With Tough European Environment

Like other global hotel companies with a high exposure in Europe, Rezidor continues to struggle in part because of continued security concerns. Those running the company will be hoping that the likes of France and Turkey bounce back soon.

22 hours ago

New Skift Trends Report: Snapchat and Instagram Strategies for Travel Brands

Visual content creation, curation and distribution presents challenges and opportunities. The best way to deal with the challenges is a consistent, head-on approach to ensure a brand culture that embraces the ins-and-outs of social media engagement and community building.

1 day ago

China’s Ctrip Makes Strategic Investments in 3 U.S. Tour Operators

With these investments in North America and elsewhere, Ctrip is creating a new online travel agency model. It's one that goes beyond merely booking trips but guaranteeing service levels once travelers arrive abroad.

1 day ago