Articles tagged “gateway”

AccorHotels Copes With the Airbnb Factor in Australia

AccorHotels Copes With the Airbnb Factor in Australia

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

With the sharing economy accounting for almost one in three vacation beds in Australia, the impact of Airbnb and Stayz is being widely questioned. But with hotel occupancy levels and room prices still rising, hotels and lobbying groups' efforts to restrict private rentals seem like an overreaction.

1 month ago

Australia’s New Long-Haul Service to Europe Could Be Just the Beginning

Australia’s New Long-Haul Service to Europe Could Be Just the Beginning

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

A new direct route will change traveler habits on Australia’s west coast and may deliver more market share to Qantas. But, more importantly, it looks set to herald more ultra-long-distance connections between Australia and Europe.

1 month ago

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hong Kong-based Klook has selected the Americas as its first stop for expansion outside Asia. To beat the deeply entrenched competition, it will have to find partners that can adapt to the needs of Asian travelers.

2 months ago

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

Despite its infrastructure challenges and a reputation for red tape, the world’s biggest hotel brands can’t seem to get enough of Africa. With thousands of rooms in the development pipeline, African cities will soon be festooned with a slew of international brands. It’s good news for global travelers and local economies alike.

2 months ago

Airbnb Growth in Southern Africa Raises Familiar Issues

Airbnb Growth in Southern Africa Raises Familiar Issues

Richard Holmes, Skift

Airbnb is booming in Africa, but the first cracks in the success story are beginning to show – in hotels griping about the lack of regulations, and locals priced out of prime property. Can African cities avoid the side effects of the sharing economy that already blight more-developed markets?

2 months ago

China Challenges WTTC With Launch of Global Tourism Group

China Challenges WTTC With Launch of Global Tourism Group

Raini Hamdi, Skift

China has initiated the formation of a new world tourism organization. The UNWTO, WTTC and PATA are exceedingly polite about it, but there are undercurrents of uneasiness about how much influence the new China-led World Tourism Alliance can wield.

3 months ago

Chinese Tourism Surges to Canada While U.S. Visits Decline

Chinese Tourism Surges to Canada While U.S. Visits Decline

Raini Hamdi, Skift

While demand for flights from China to the U.S. is down, it is rising to Canada, which is enjoying new peaks in Chinese arrivals. No Trump Slump in Canada, which is visa-friendly, welcoming and appealing to free-spirited millennials.

4 months ago

Tourism Imbalance Is Vexing Problem in U.S.-China Travel

Tourism Imbalance Is Vexing Problem in U.S.-China Travel

Steven Schwankert, Skift

One market where the U.S. leads China in a trade imbalance: The United States is taking in way more tourists from China than it’s sending. Pollution, bureaucracy, and bang for buck are the major factors.

5 months ago

Top News Stories Localizing the Global Travel Industry From the Skift Gateway Series

Top News Stories Localizing the Global Travel Industry From the Skift Gateway Series

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Keep an eye on our Gateway series for more news and insight from our correspondents in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

5 months ago

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

Raini Hamdi, Skift

TripAdvisor has expanded its food delivery service outside the U.S. and Canada, part of its strategy to grow non-hotel revenues. More travelers can chow on crisp-fried shrimp paste chicken comfortably in their rooms. Hotels have no choice but to say bon appetit.

6 months ago

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Over 100 travel agencies have ceased operations in Singapore in the first six months of the year. But a closer look shows the trade is not dying; it is renewing.

6 months ago

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The death of a young American illustrates the continuing risk for niche operators committed to taking travelers to remote and risky parts of the world, including North Korea. They’re called risky for a reason.

6 months ago