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Hotel Contactless Tech: What Will Stick and What Won’t?

Hotel Contactless Tech: What Will Stick and What Won’t?

Wouter Geerts, Skift

Contactless technology is being adopted in hotels at breakneck speed to ensure safe operations. Not all tech is created equal though. Skift Research looked at what tech has the momentum to continue growing after the pandemic fades.

9 hours ago

Ethiopian Airlines Debuts First Covid-Era, Contactless Terminal

Ethiopian Airlines Debuts First Covid-Era, Contactless Terminal

Lebawit Lily Girma, Skift

From government bailouts to layoffs, commercial airlines have taken drastic measures to stay afloat since Covid-19. Not Ethiopian – now operating out of the second largest capacity airport in Africa, while turning a profit and forging ahead with further expansion plans beyond its new state-of-art, bio-safety terminal.

2 days ago

Airbnb Dealt a Setback With Top European Court Backing Crackdown on Short-Term Home Rentals

Airbnb Dealt a Setback With Top European Court Backing Crackdown on Short-Term Home Rentals

Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

It's a relatively small court ruling involving just two Parisian apartment owners, but potential repercussions for the homesharing giant ahead of its IPO. Europe's a big place.

3 days ago

Airports Would Get Upgrades Under $14 Billion U.S. House Spending Measure

Airports Would Get Upgrades Under $14 Billion U.S. House Spending Measure

David Shepardson, Reuters

The U.S. House has a $14 billion plan to fix a highway and airport funding shortfall during the pandemic, but the measure is still just another Band-Aid on a growing need for legitimate infrastructure spending.

4 days ago

Norwegian Air Gets Loan Guarantee Lifeline For an Additional Two Months

Norwegian Air Gets Loan Guarantee Lifeline For an Additional Two Months

Victoria Klesty, Reuters

Prayers answered. The Norwegian government listened to Norwegian Air's pleas that the airline needed more money to get through the pandemic. The money is geared to provide a buffer through the end of 2020, that is.

5 days ago

The Future of Contactless Tech in Hotels Past the Pandemic: New Skift Research

The Future of Contactless Tech in Hotels Past the Pandemic: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

All the contactless tech that is receiving so much buzz in the hotel industry today predates the current crisis. So it might not be revolutionary, but the impact will certainly outlast the pandemic.

1 week ago

Americans Flocked to National Parks for Summer Vacations: New Skift Travel Tracker Survey

Americans Flocked to National Parks for Summer Vacations: New Skift Travel Tracker Survey

Haixia Wang, Skift Research

The substantial decline in new Covid cases didn't seem to give travel a much-needed boost. In August, 36 percent of Americans traveled, only one percentage point higher than in July.

1 week ago

EasyJet CEO Chides European Union States Over Fragmented Travel Policies

EasyJet CEO Chides European Union States Over Fragmented Travel Policies

Laurence Frost and Sarah Young, Reuters

Johan Lundgren is right to point out quarantines are confusing, and in many cases a disproportionate response to the crisis. But airline bosses shouldn't underestimate the bureaucratic complexities of Europe.

1 week ago

The Travel Rebound’s Stalled Summer: New Skift Recovery Index Insights

The Travel Rebound’s Stalled Summer: New Skift Recovery Index Insights

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

August is normally a bumper month for destinations in the northern hemisphere. The fact that the Skift Recovery Index remained flat indicates that seasonality is still in play even today, and that travel volumes have indeed increased over the past month, but we can’t yet speak of a full recovery.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Set to Relax Enhanced Covid Screening Measures for Some International Passengers

U.S. Set to Relax Enhanced Covid Screening Measures for Some International Passengers

David Shepardson, Reuters

The CDC's current strategy for screening international arrivals has become unsustainable as traveler numbers grow, according to reports. Changes are expected.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Airline Industry Reportedly Left Out of New Senate Virus Aid Bill

U.S. Airline Industry Reportedly Left Out of New Senate Virus Aid Bill

David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

If legislators fail to fund airlines, thousands of employees temporarily will lose their jobs. It's a horrible outcome, but it is probably the right move. The U.S. airline industry is shrinking because of a lack of demand, and those workers will not be needed for the foreseeable future.

2 weeks ago

Airlines Urge U.S. and Britain to Trial Virus Testing for Flyers to Revive London-New York Route

Airlines Urge U.S. and Britain to Trial Virus Testing for Flyers to Revive London-New York Route

David Shepardson, Reuters

Passenger testing could enable an "air bridge" between London and New York. Yet quick, accurate, and affordable tests remain rare.

3 weeks ago