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Airbnb’s New Acquisition and 9 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb’s New Acquisition and 9 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in hospitality, we have three stories on Airbnb's global doings. The homesharing platform acquired French company Luckey Homes, helped form a vacation rental association in Japan, and settled a lawsuit in Miami.

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Travelport Goes Private and 14 Other Digital Trends This Week

Travelport Goes Private and 14 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The big digital news this week was all about Travelport. One of the big three platforms for airline distribution is being taken private in an all-cash transaction valued at around $4.4 billion.

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What LVMH’s Belmond Buy Means for the Future of Luxury Travel

What LVMH’s Belmond Buy Means for the Future of Luxury Travel

Deanna Ting, Skift

LVMH might not have been the most obvious of suitors for Belmond's luxury assets, but now that it's close to owning them, it's a deal that makes a lot of sense in this post-experience economy still contending with the concept of new luxury.

1 day ago

Visit Florida CEO Is Leaving to Join New Governor’s Administration

Visit Florida CEO Is Leaving to Join New Governor’s Administration

Dan Peltier, Skift

Ken Lawson did what he could to turn the ship around and tried to bring more transparency to Visit Florida. But many in Florida's tourism industry remain skeptical of the organization and its work.

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Grab Is Hiring Tech Talent to Become Southeast Asia’s First Super App

Grab Is Hiring Tech Talent to Become Southeast Asia’s First Super App

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Grab will hire an additional 1,000 tech employees in 2019, after doubling the number of software engineers, data scientists, and analysts it added this year to 2,000. A look at its next R&D hiring plan gives a few hints on what it is working on.

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Oyo’s Push Into Southeast Asia Is a Wake-Up Call for Budget Hotel Chains

Oyo’s Push Into Southeast Asia Is a Wake-Up Call for Budget Hotel Chains

Raini Hamdi, Skift

On its own, Oyo entering Southeast Asia should concern existing budget hotel players. Oyo with Grab should make them go shaky in the knees. Consolidation or new alliances will not surprise anyone.

2 days ago

Noken Raises $2.5 Million for Trip Planning: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Noken Raises $2.5 Million for Trip Planning: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week, travel startups announced more than $114 million in funding, including WhyHotel, Oyo, Noken, and Wow Venue.

2 days ago

Corporate Travel Specialists See Pay Hikes

Corporate Travel Specialists See Pay Hikes

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travel buyers are seeing juicy increases to their annual bonuses, particularly those who are relatively early on in their careers.

2 days ago

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI seems to have mitigated the potential damage from a challenging operating environment. It will be interesting to see how it sustains its growth over the coming years.

2 days ago

Meditation Boom Is Pushing Brands to Keep Up

Meditation Boom Is Pushing Brands to Keep Up

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Meditation is now the fastest-growing wellness activity in the United States. Because it’s a free (or mostly free) practice, brands will probably need to get creative if they want to capitalize on the trend — especially since the app category is already saturated.

2 days ago

Bonuses for Corporate Travel Specialists Increased in 2018

Bonuses for Corporate Travel Specialists Increased in 2018

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Salaries for travel buyers were relatively flat this year, although less experienced buyers saw a nice uptick in their annual bonuses.

2 days ago

Amadeus and Points.com Partner to Scale Loyalty Tech for Airlines

Amadeus and Points.com Partner to Scale Loyalty Tech for Airlines

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This deal is noteworthy because it represents a recent industry shift in the gravity of airline sales efforts. Work that used to happen on computers that interact mainly with travel agencies is now shifting toward computers that mainly power an airline's brand.com site and other direct sales channels.

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