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China’s Cruise Boom Is Getting Some Homegrown Ships

China's cruise market is still in its early days, but the world's biggest industry players are trying to help it mature fast.

11 hours ago

Google Trips Mobile App and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

These are the digital trends we were talking about this week.

12 hours ago

Marriott-Starwood Merger Finally Approved and 11 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.

14 hours ago

The Dream of a Pan-African Budget Airline Is Fading

While some of fastjet's wounds have been self-inflicted, it hasn't been helped by problems in key markets. The radical turnaround plans initiated by the new CEO seem like the last throw of the dice.

1 day ago

Guidling, StayBillety and More in Today’s Travel Startup Watch

These are the newest travel startups from AngelList vying for travelers’ interest and investors’ attention.

1 day ago

Airbnb Now Letting Hosts Search for Superhosts to Professionalize Listings

Airbnb is doing all it can to scale up its listings globally, including using more management companies. The problem for Airbnb as it goes corporate is how will the guest experience retain any semblance of authenticity.

1 day ago

Airbnb’s Latest Investment Values It as Much as Hilton and Hyatt Combined

Is Airbnb's valuation for real? We'll have to wait for it to go public to see how it would really stack up against the market caps of major hotel chains.

2 days ago

Brand USA Needs Asian Tourists to Reach 100 Million Visitor Milestone

Since Canadian tourism to the U.S. has tailed off, Brand USA needs Chinese and Indian travelers to fill the gap and meet the country's tourism goals.

2 days ago

Can a Tourism Campaign Be Too Successful? — Digital Marketing News This Week

Norway is struggling with the challenge of too much tourism. It's not alone.

2 days ago

Marriott CEO Interview: Buying Starwood and Its $13 Billion Bet on Loyalty

That didn't take too long now, did it? In all seriousness, however, this mega-merger was certainly a long one in the making, filled with plenty of twists and turns. Now, we hope, comes the even more interesting part in the next chapter of the story.

2 days ago

New Bill Would Bring Terrorist Watch List Check to U.S. Rail Travel

If this bill passes, it looks like ridiculously long security lines could hit U.S. train stations in coming years.

2 days ago

Marriott Is the New Dominant Force in Hotels — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

It's going to take a while for Marriott International to figure out which Starwood brands and programs it wants to keep. After that, expect the consolidation to affect the corporate negotiation process.

2 days ago