Articles tagged “ceo interviews”

How San Francisco Deals With Skyrocketing Events Demand

How San Francisco Deals With Skyrocketing Events Demand

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

San Francisco remains a major draw for events despite high costs and other pervasive problems. Perhaps the Bay Area can turn to the creative thinking it's known for to solve some of these issues.

6 months ago

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Ctrip Chairman Shrugs Off Impact of Trump Tariff Dispute — For Now

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Ctrip has been able to spend most of its 15-year history riding a rising travel tide in China while buying out much of the competition to blunt their challenges. For 2019, Ctrip will have to stand up and get moving to recapture momentum and investor attention.

8 months ago

Booking Holdings Is Taking Its Time to Deliver On a Steep Promise

Booking Holdings Is Taking Its Time to Deliver On a Steep Promise

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com is taking its sweet time to implement a flights-to-attractions travel offering. Some would say the pace is Google-like in its slowness. But behind the scenes, data reigns supreme, and dictates whether a product is scrapped, implemented with a twist, or then reshaped anew. Refill the popcorn. This will take a while.

9 months ago

Ritz and Virgin Cruise CEOs Think Agents Will Benefit From Brand Clout

Ritz and Virgin Cruise CEOs Think Agents Will Benefit From Brand Clout

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As they ramp up their outreach to travel advisors, Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Virgin Voyages are both presenting themselves as new and different options for luxury clients. They say this means agents will be able to sell cruises to those who don’t normally cruise, but who are intrigued by the brands.

9 months ago

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Would Airbnb and Uber, for example, be truly better off as public companies? It's unclear because they both have access to tons of money already. But they would both certainly be better equipped to spin their own narratives.

9 months ago

TripAdvisor CEO on Moving From User Reviews Toward Professional Content

TripAdvisor CEO on Moving From User Reviews Toward Professional Content

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor will start showcasing content from long-dismissed professional reviewers so it can be more of a resource to visitors who aren't ready to book. Is nothing sacrosanct anymore?

11 months ago

Retiring Visit Philadelphia CEO Reflects on 4 Decades on Tourism’s Front Lines

Retiring Visit Philadelphia CEO Reflects on 4 Decades on Tourism’s Front Lines

Dan Peltier, Skift

Levitz uses her weaknesses as strengths and has remained a humble leader, despite the outsize impact she has had on Philadelphia's booming tourism industry during the past four decades. Every destination can learn something from her leadership.

12 months ago

Interview: Bringing a Consumer Experience to Corporate Travel

Interview: Bringing a Consumer Experience to Corporate Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

One of the biggest challenges for companies is simply getting their travelers to book how they're supposed to. The problem seems to be getting worse. Useful personalization and a more consumer-friendly experience will go a long way towards changing that.

1 year ago

Cvent’s CEO on the Future of Event Experience

Cvent’s CEO on the Future of Event Experience

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent wants to make it easier for customers to use a variety of its tools, in order to leverage the wide spectrum of data it collects on attendee behavior. Owing to the complexity of its platform, this remains a work in progress.

1 year ago

Video: Why AccorHotels CEO Wants Even More Brands

Video: Why AccorHotels CEO Wants Even More Brands

Sean O'Neill, Skift

"Anybody telling me you should be limiting the number of brands, I think it's bullshit," said AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin at Skift Forum Europe. We wouldn't be surprised to see him expand the hotel giant's portfolio of brands to at least 40, up from today's 32.

1 year ago

Why Cathay Pacific Wants to Take On Low-Cost Carriers Without Creating Its Own

Why Cathay Pacific Wants to Take On Low-Cost Carriers Without Creating Its Own

Brian Sumers, Skift

Like many airlines, Cathay Pacific underestimated the digital revolution and the threat of low-cost competition. It is playing catch up, and its recent financial results have not been pretty. But Cathay Pacific has an excellent brand, and it serves a lucrative home market. It should be OK.

1 year ago

My Place Hotels CEO: The Economy Hotel of Yesteryear Is Dying

My Place Hotels CEO: The Economy Hotel of Yesteryear Is Dying

Deanna Ting, Skift

My Place Hotels CEO Ryan Rivett's views on hospitality are contrarian, but judging from the growth of his brand, he just might be onto something.

1 year ago