Articles tagged “covid-19”

Short-Term Rentals

Hurricanes But Not Flu Outbreaks: Airbnb Revises Cancellation Policy

Airbnb's new cancellation policy will cover hurricanes — if they trigger government travel bans. But if there is a flu warning in the U.S., a malaria emergency in Thailand, or a Covid-19 outbreak, these situations would not be covered.

Hurricanes But Not Flu Outbreaks: Airbnb Revises Cancellation Policy

Tourism

China Resumes Outbound Group Trips to U.S., UK, Japan

How long will we have to wait before China's outbound tourism sentiment is revived completely?

China Resumes Outbound Group Trips to U.S., UK, Japan

Tourism

U.S. Will Drop Vaccine Requirement for International Flyers

Today's edition of Skift's daily podcast looks at U.S. vaccine rules, Qantas’ new CEO, and VisitBritain’s AI-assisted campaign.

U.S. Will Drop Vaccine Requirement for International Flyers

Hotels

Hilton Taps HotelKey for Property Management Tech at All Its Hotels

This move by Hilton is significant and shows that the hotel industry is, finally, modernizing its core systems. For HotelKey, it's a remarkable win by a small tech vendor in a competitive space.

Hilton Taps HotelKey for Property Management Tech at All Its Hotels

Airlines

United Sees 2023 as Setting Course for Its Post-Pandemic Future

Domestic business demand fell by about 8 percent immediately after the collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March but rebounded within two weeks. The banking crisis did not affect domestic leisure or international business and leisure demand.

United Sees 2023 as Setting Course for Its Post-Pandemic Future

Tourism

Japan Has the Tourists for Cherry Blossom Season But There’s a Service Gap

Japan is still shaking off the lingering effects of its long and strict lockdowns.

Japan Has the Tourists for Cherry Blossom Season But There’s a Service Gap

Tourism

A Third of Americans Plans to Cut Back on Travel Spending This Year: New Skift Research U.S. Travel Tracker

An increasing number of Americans have started to feel the pinch of increasing travel prices. Thirty-four percent of Americans, 10 percentage points higher than last October, plan to decrease their spending on travel in the next 12 months.

A Third of Americans Plans to Cut Back on Travel Spending This Year: New Skift Research U.S. Travel Tracker

News Blog

Airplane Wastewater Study Reveals UK Travel Restrictions Didn’t Halt Covid Spread

A laboratory study has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the UK’s travel restrictions last year. Scientists at Bangor University in Wales tested wastewater on planes to monitor coronavirus infections and the general health of passengers coming into the UK from other countries. Almost all aircraft arriving at the three monitored UK airports (Heathrow, Edinburgh…

News Blog

Rail Journeys Surge Past 100 Million Trips During China’s Spring Festival Build-Up

Chinese tourists have flocked to train stations over the past two weeks, with 109.5 million journeys made between Jan. 7 and Jan. 21 in the build-up to Lunar New Year celebrations, which took pace on Jan. 22. That figure is a 27.3 percent increase on trips made during the same 15 days in 2022, local…

Mergers and Acquisitions

Booking CEO Fogel on Why Making No Deal Is Better Than the Wrong Acquisition

Mergers and acquisitions are sexy for shareholders, analysts and the press. Booking CEO Fogel knows, though, that sometimes the best decision is not overpaying and walking away from that shiny object.

Booking CEO Fogel on Why Making No Deal Is Better Than the Wrong Acquisition