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2020 Forecast for the Hotel Sector and 7 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

2020 Forecast for the Hotel Sector and 7 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in hospitality, as the next decade fast approaches, Skift Research shares its forecast of slow but optimistic growth in the hotel industry. We also take a closer look at who the next generation of hotel franchisees are and what challenges they face.

14 hours ago

Expedia’s Search for Its Next CEO and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia’s Search for Its Next CEO and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, Expedia's senior executive Barry Diller has major changes to juggle going into 2020, starting with finding a new CEO. Meanwhile, in an unexpected turn, the younger generation is more likely to seek aid from travel advisors.

17 hours ago

The Uncertain Future of Asia’s Elephant Tourism Biz and 17 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

The Uncertain Future of Asia’s Elephant Tourism Biz and 17 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, don't miss our deep dive exploring the highly polarized business of elephant tourism in Asia. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico plans to expand business travel with its launch of high-tech entertainment hub El Distrito in 2020.

2 days ago

Thomas Cook’s Rivals Snap Up Its Assets and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Thomas Cook’s Rivals Snap Up Its Assets and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, there are plenty of spoils from the collapse of Thomas Cook, and now rival brands are scrambling to scoop them up. Meanwhile, Australian online travel agency Luxury Escapes is growing at a rapid pace, and it's piquing the interest of some major potential investors.

2 days ago

What’s Ahead for the Next Gen of U.S. Hotel Franchisees?

What’s Ahead for the Next Gen of U.S. Hotel Franchisees?

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Big hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton, and others are moving increasingly to an asset-light strategy, signing on more franchisees. Many are still owned by individuals and families: How diverse and adaptable will the next generation of hotel owners be?

2 days ago

Ridehailing Competition Delivers Fatal Blow to Airport Transport Service SuperShuttle

Ridehailing Competition Delivers Fatal Blow to Airport Transport Service SuperShuttle

Isaac Carey, Skift

This is yet another casualty of the Uber and Lyft era. Other airport shuttle services will likely be next.

3 days ago

What the UK Election Result Means for Travel and Tourism

What the UK Election Result Means for Travel and Tourism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Boris Johnson wants to get Brexit done, but in reality leaving the European Union will be a long and arduous process — and ultimately leave the country poorer. It's going to be a rocky few years for the UK's travel and tourism industry.

3 days ago

Zeus Raises $55 Million for Extended-Stay Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Zeus Raises $55 Million for Extended-Stay Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups announced more than $139 million in funding for concepts including extended-stay corporate housing, short-term rental-style pop-up hotels, co-living spaces, and landing ports for flying taxis.

3 days ago

What Do Asian Travelers Want in 2020?

What Do Asian Travelers Want in 2020?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

In short, Asia's travelers are looking to go far, far from the madding crowd.

3 days ago

Travel Managers Still Fall Way Behind on Instant Messaging

Travel Managers Still Fall Way Behind on Instant Messaging

Isaac Carey, Skift

Texting is central to most people's everyday lives, so it's surprising that most travel agencies are so sluggish to adopt it. At this point, it's only a matter of time before it becomes a key part of every corporate travel program.

3 days ago

How Wellness Travel Became a Thing in the Past Decade

How Wellness Travel Became a Thing in the Past Decade

Leslie Barrie, Skift

More people want wellness woven into their travel than ever before, whether through retreats or one-off experiences, and the trend will likely gain momentum in the next decade.

3 days ago

Why More Travel Managers Still Aren’t Offering Text Messaging — in 2019

Why More Travel Managers Still Aren’t Offering Text Messaging — in 2019

Isaac Carey, Skift

When it comes to tech, most travel management companies have focused on improving the user interface or putting in more automated features. Instant messaging hasn’t been high on the list, but thankfully that’s starting to change.

4 days ago