Articles tagged “vacations”

Travel Companies Start Lending Consumers Money to Book Trips

Travel Companies Start Lending Consumers Money to Book Trips

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Companies ought to carry out adequate checks on the ability of borrowers to repay travel loans on time. Otherwise, a surprise disruption such as an Icelandic volcano or an economic downturn could prompt defaults.

1 month ago

Southbound Lanes at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closes for Weekend Repairs

Southbound Lanes at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closes for Weekend Repairs

Julie Watson, Associated Press

Some 50,000 cars pass through this U.S.-Mexico border crossing on weekends. Damn, with all this talk about border walls, it seems the U.S. and Mexico are actually neighbors with myriad connections.

3 months ago

Vacations Are Not Practical for Many Europeans

Vacations Are Not Practical for Many Europeans

Jana Randow, Bloomberg

Europe is the most-visited tourist destination on the planet but it is easy to forget that residents in many of its countries have to — out of economic necessity — deal with staycations, if anything. Could this contribute to anti-tourism sentiment?

4 months ago

Travel Habits of Americans: Strong U.S. Dollar Means Little to Outbound Tourists

Travel Habits of Americans: Strong U.S. Dollar Means Little to Outbound Tourists

Dan Peltier, Skift

Skift's data show many U.S. adults weren't planning an international trip this year even with a stronger dollar, but for those who were a more favorable exchange rate largely wasn't a make-it-or-break-it factor in the decision process.

6 months ago

Airlines Could Set Passenger Record in Busy Summer Travel Season

Airlines Could Set Passenger Record in Busy Summer Travel Season

David Koenig, Associated Press

Airline fares are rising but that doesn't seem to be getting in the way of a busy summer travel season. Plenty of Americans indeed will be exercising their rights to a summer vacation.

7 months ago

Travel Habits of Americans: 42 Percent Aren’t Taking a Vacation This Summer

Travel Habits of Americans: 42 Percent Aren’t Taking a Vacation This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

Unless there's a flood of last-minute vacation planners who will book trips in the coming days, weeks or months, many U.S. travelers are saying that they're hunkering down for another summer of little to no time away from the office.

7 months ago

Family Vacations Meet Resistance From School Districts

Family Vacations Meet Resistance From School Districts

Associated Press

It isn't only employers and workaholics who discourage vacations -- school districts are also a factor. There's a lot of educational value in family vacations, and school districts could be a little more understanding about parental schedules and getaway opportunities.

8 months ago

Vacation Deprivation? Startup Lets Employees Trade Unused Days for Flights and Hotel Stays

Vacation Deprivation? Startup Lets Employees Trade Unused Days for Flights and Hotel Stays

Anders Melin and Ben Steverman , Bloomberg

Out of the factory floor or office and onto the beach! We don't know if PTO Exchange will make a dent in the stockpile of unused vacation days but we like creative ways of dealing with it.

1 year ago

Expedia Is Now Helping Marriott Sell Hotels on the Chain’s Website

Expedia Is Now Helping Marriott Sell Hotels on the Chain’s Website

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to relationships, hotel chains and online travel agencies have a lot of baggage but Marriott and Expedia, at least, are being open-minded and are taking advantage of each other. Expedia is becoming a technology provider for hotels in a move that has parallels with the way rival Booking.com's BookingSuite division is providing market intelligence and website services for properties. Where this all ends up is anyone's guess.

1 year ago

U.S. is Among the Worst in Paid Vacation, Malta the Best

U.S. is Among the Worst in Paid Vacation, Malta the Best

Maria Tadeo , Bloomberg

One reason U.S. residents lag in taking vacations is that they are among the least-compensated in terms of statutory days off in the world. Malta, on the other hand, is a vacation-compensation paradise.

1 year ago

4 Charts Revealing Americans’ Perceptions of Traveling Abroad

4 Charts Revealing Americans’ Perceptions of Traveling Abroad

Dan Peltier, Skift

While the number of Americans traveling abroad hasn't necessarily increased as quickly as the percentage of those visiting more than one country per trip, Americans are becoming more worldly and that means spending more on more expensive trips.

2 years ago

How Americans’ Vacation Time Fell Victim to the Internet, Mobile and Corporate Culture

How Americans’ Vacation Time Fell Victim to the Internet, Mobile and Corporate Culture

Greg Oates, Skift

A lot has to change before Americans start vacationing as much they did pre-2000, including a shift in corporate culture that encourages and supports employees taking better care of themselves and their loved ones.

2 years ago