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Skift Originals

17 Things That Excite Me About the Travel Industry During Its Ferocious Comeback

The pandemic indeed has been a portal to change in so many ways, and the innovation is coming at the edges as it always does. Here are some of the reasons why I am excited about the travel industry today, almost a decade into running and building Skift.

17 Things That Excite Me About the Travel Industry During Its Ferocious Comeback

Airlines

U.S. Airports, Railroads Prep for Influx of $1 Trillion in Infrastructure Funds

President Biden's more than $1 trillion infrastructure plan provides an unseen-for-decades investment in U.S. transportation. But achieving its lofty goals could pose new challenges, which is something former President Obama knows well after partisan politics stymied some of his infrastructure ambitions.

U.S. Airports, Railroads Prep for Influx of  $1 Trillion in Infrastructure Funds

Tourism

1 out of 4 of U.S. Remote Workers Took Extended Trips: New Skift Research Travel Tracker

Remote work is here to stay and its impact on travel is starting to grow significantly. Twenty-three percent of American remote workers in our September survey said they had taken long trips as a result of working remotely, a sharp increase from eight months ago. Travel companies need to take note of how to serve this rising travel segment.

1 out of 4 of U.S. Remote Workers Took Extended Trips: New Skift Research Travel Tracker

Announcements

Calling Travel’s Future Without Fear Then and Now on Skift’s 9th Anniversary

When we officially launched Skift on July 30, 2012, we couldn't have envisioned the insanity and tragedy of 2020 and 2021. But we got through it as a company, and much of the global travel industry, licking its wounds, has likewise proved to be as adaptable as the circumstances demand.

Calling Travel’s Future Without Fear Then and Now on Skift’s 9th Anniversary
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Travel Booking

What Will the Next Phase of Travel Look Like? 4 Insights From the Industry’s Decision Makers

The audience at Skift Global Forum 2021 weighed in on questions about emerging trends and imperatives as the world re-emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. The responses reveal an industry poised for growth and change.

What Will the Next Phase of Travel Look Like? 4 Insights From the Industry’s Decision Makers

Airlines

Renewed Family Travel Tests Flexibility of Travel Businesses

With several weeks of summer still left, having a family vacation is still a possibility. But parents traveling with kids are getting smarter about how they're spending their money. If the industry wants to attract this billion dollar sector, appealing to their kids is the smart way to go.

Renewed Family Travel Tests Flexibility of Travel Businesses

Airlines

Where Are Travel Prices Headed? Get Ready for Twists and Turns

Domestic airfares around the world fell dramatically in May — on average. But, as with hotels, there are currently pockets of strength — and will be for months. Still, contrarian trends don't make for a nice, tidy trend line when it comes to prices.

Where Are Travel Prices Headed? Get Ready for Twists and Turns

Hotels

Airbnb CEO Tells Hosts Success Against Hotel Competitors Hinges on Adopting Cleaning Protocols

It's a good idea that Brian Chesky is now doing weekly videos with hosts. It would be more effective — but admittedly riskier — if he took live questions. It will be a long process to rebuild trust from hosts because so many feel burned by the company's coronavirus refund policy.

Airbnb CEO Tells Hosts Success Against Hotel Competitors Hinges on Adopting Cleaning Protocols

Coronavirus

How Marketers Will Address Tone Now and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

In tourism news this week, nothing is business-as-usual now for tourism marketers right now, so setting the right tone in the time of coronavirus will matter in big ways. Plus, travel's disruption arrived. However, coronavirus was not what everyone was expecting. What lessons can we learn now to deal with looming climate change later?

How Marketers Will Address Tone Now and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Hotels

Marriott CEO Maps Out Crisis Plan and 8 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

This week in hospitality news, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson demonstrates his true leadership with a heartfelt yet candid message to employees outlining his coronavirus crisis plan. Like Marriott and other hotel giants, short-term rental companies have not been immune to the fallout, and they face mounting criticism over widely differing cancellation and refund policies.

Marriott CEO Maps Out Crisis Plan and 8 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Online Travel

Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

In digital news this week, Expedia Vice Chair Peter Kern sought to rally his workforce by saying it was time to focus and help the company's travel partners suffering in the wake of coronavirus. Plus, Trip.com Group said it would likely see a 50 percent drop in first quarter revenue but offered some hope that travel was slowly recovering in China.

Expedia Brass Rallies Workers and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Airlines

Airlines Will Need to Lose Hubris and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

In airline news this week, it's important to remember that airlines are not ordinary companies, more like utilities in many ways with a public trust responsibility. So it's time to lose the hubris when the coronavirus crisis calms down. What's more, loyalty programs are one of the biggest assets airlines have, and it's an option for them to leverage those programs for much-needed cash.

Airlines Will Need to Lose Hubris and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week