Articles tagged “skift global forum”

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New Owner Airbnb Will Not Dilute the HotelTonight Brand, CEO of Booking App Says

New Owner Airbnb Will Not Dilute the HotelTonight Brand, CEO of Booking App Says

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Airbnb’s focus on adding independent hotels instead of all-and-sundry is a smart approach. The vacation rentals company made more than $1 billion in revenue for the second quarter and intends to go public during 2020. It can't afford to meddle with the model.

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Futurist Tobaccowala Warns Travel Marketers to Not Be Too Data-Driven

Futurist Tobaccowala Warns Travel Marketers to Not Be Too Data-Driven

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Advertising legend Rishad Tobaccowala lashes out at an over-dependence on data, and believes so-called FAANGs must be broken up. All this simply makes his forthcoming book, Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data, a must-read for decision makers in travel.

5 months ago

Amtrak CEO Sees Short-Haul Flight Hassles as Fuel for the Railway’s Turnaround

Amtrak CEO Sees Short-Haul Flight Hassles as Fuel for the Railway’s Turnaround

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Amtrak's modernization effort is underway. If it remains nimble, it can take advantage of shifts in consumer behavior as car ownership declines and travelers look to avoid the headache of heading to the airport for a short flight.

5 months ago

Hospitality’s Duty Is to Serve Guests — and Humanity, Says Saira Hospitality CEO

Hospitality’s Duty Is to Serve Guests — and Humanity, Says Saira Hospitality CEO

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The hospitality industry is based on service, but Saira Hospitality has found a way to expand the meaning of that service to both the guest and the local community.

5 months ago

Air France-KLM CEO Opens Up on Turnaround Efforts Amid Legacy Woes

Air France-KLM CEO Opens Up on Turnaround Efforts Amid Legacy Woes

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith inherited a complicated mess when he took the top job last year, but he has begun methodically turning the company around, winning contracts from labor and simplifying the fleet and route network.

5 months ago

Marriott Continues to Bang the Bonvoy Drum Ahead of Planned Brand Expansion

Marriott Continues to Bang the Bonvoy Drum Ahead of Planned Brand Expansion

Danni Santana, Skift

Can a loyalty program outlast the ups and downs of economic uncertainty in key markets? That's what Marriott is banking on by making sure Bonvoy offers everything customers want.

5 months ago

Expedia CEO Is Unfazed by Airbnb’s Growing Vacation Rental Lead

Expedia CEO Is Unfazed by Airbnb’s Growing Vacation Rental Lead

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Mark Okerstrom, the chief of Expedia Group, has high hopes for his recently rebranded homesharing unit Vrbo. But as competition intensifies in the segment, we're wondering if we'll be describing Vrbo (pronounced "VER-boh") using active verbs or passive ones.

5 months ago

Booking Holdings Reaffirms Plan to Charge Commissions on Hotel Resort Fees

Booking Holdings Reaffirms Plan to Charge Commissions on Hotel Resort Fees

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despite criticism and reports of misgivings, Booking Holdings will plow ahead with a groundbreaking policy of charging commissions on resort fees charged by hotels, said CEO Glenn Fogel. He said the move is aimed at discouraging hotels from providing bad customer experiences.

5 months ago

American Airlines Vows to Rebound After Brutal Summer, Says CFO

American Airlines Vows to Rebound After Brutal Summer, Says CFO

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

American Airlines had a tough summer, with labor issues and the grounding of its 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. But Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr said at Skift Global Forum that these two areas are at the top of management's agenda for next year.

5 months ago

TripAdvisor CEO Welcomes More Pressure on the Travel Industry to Develop Green Practices

TripAdvisor CEO Welcomes More Pressure on the Travel Industry to Develop Green Practices

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to certain green practices and the refugee crisis, TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer believes corporations and CEOs can't sit on the sidelines and must take a stand. That's an inconvenient truth.

5 months ago

Avis Tackles Urban Congestion By Teaming Up With Ridehailing Rivals

Avis Tackles Urban Congestion By Teaming Up With Ridehailing Rivals

Isaac Carey, Skift

Cities are getting more crowded with vehicles, and people are becoming more reluctant to use cars during business and leisure trips. Smart technology can help.

5 months ago

Inspirato CEO Predicts Subscription Model Will Spur Followers in Luxury Travel

Inspirato CEO Predicts Subscription Model Will Spur Followers in Luxury Travel

Laura Powell, Skift

Introducing a subscription model to the travel industry could lead to a transformation in the way companies sell their products. On the other hand, it may be a challenge to get travelers to lock themselves into one brand over a period of time — unless, of course, there is an attractive perceived value.

5 months ago