Skift Originals

Disney and Universal Keep Building So Visitors Stay Longer and Spend More

Disney and Universal Keep Building So Visitors Stay Longer and Spend More

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney and Universal keep fighting for visitors — and more tourist dollars. Will new attractions be enough to attract newcomers and repeat business alike?

7 hours ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: Travel Search, Bargain Hunting and the Future of Booking

Skift Backstage Podcast: Travel Search, Bargain Hunting and the Future of Booking

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in for insight from travel metasearch executives about advertising, standing out in a crowded field, and trying to create product that users will love.

7 hours ago

Meetings and Events Are Our Prism Into Society — Meetings Innovation Report

Meetings and Events Are Our Prism Into Society — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

We identify who we are, and how that aligns with our networks and general society at large, through meetings and events. Those experiences are the launch pads for our greatest potential.

8 hours ago

Best Western Buys Sweden Hotels in Latest Consolidation Move

Best Western Buys Sweden Hotels in Latest Consolidation Move

Deanna Ting, Skift

As we’ve seen with other recent hospitality mergers and acquisitions, being bigger can often be better. Expanding in Sweden doesn’t seem like a bad idea for Best Western.

15 hours ago

Extended Stay Hotels Experiment with On-Demand Food Services

Extended Stay Hotels Experiment with On-Demand Food Services

Deanna Ting, Skift

Launching something like on-demand grocery delivery service makes a lot of sense, but given what happened with Hilton's meal kit delivery service experiment, it'll be interesting to see how well Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham's pilot progresses.

1 day ago

The Cruise Industry Keeps Beating Its Own Expectations

The Cruise Industry Keeps Beating Its Own Expectations

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Higher-than-expected cruise passenger counts are good news for an industry that saw much slower growth just a few years ago. A lack of high-profile disasters has been helpful, and cruise lines are getting better at promoting themselves and expanding into new markets.

1 day ago

CEO Pay at Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport in 2016

CEO Pay at Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport in 2016

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Executive pay at Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport is about the same, even though company performance has recently varied. It's unclear how much of that discrepancy can be chalked up to differing norms and taxes in the countries where the firms are based.

1 day ago

Skift New Luxury Newsletter: What’s Next for Tours and Cruises

Skift New Luxury Newsletter: What’s Next for Tours and Cruises

Jason Clampet, Skift

Whether it's tours our cruises, luxury travelers look to experiences over objects as they seek to tick off their high-end bucket lists.

1 day ago

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Dan Peltier, Skift

Congress will play around with Trump's budget and nothing is set in stone. But Brand USA's proposed demise shouldn't come as a surprise from a president who has spent much of his first four months in office imposing anti-tourism policies.

2 days ago

Interview: What’s in Store for Luxury Cruising

Interview: What’s in Store for Luxury Cruising

Laura Powell, Skift

Cruise lines have the luxury of going in and out of nearly any port they choose, making it easier for them to respond to geopolitical changes as well as changing consumer tastes.

2 days ago

New Research Report: The State of Loyalty in Hospitality 2017

New Research Report: The State of Loyalty in Hospitality 2017

Luke Bujarski, Skift

For today's hospitality brands, loyalty programs are as much about repeat customers as they are about controlling distribution costs. Often times that means strategy at the property level, rather than at the brand level.

2 days ago

What the One Percenter Travelers Really Want From Tourism

What the One Percenter Travelers Really Want From Tourism

Laura Powell, Skift

The 1 percent are looking for the same things from travel — experiences and bragging rights. They just have the means to take it up a few notches beyond the other 99 percent.

2 days ago