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Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Colin Nagy, Skift

Emirates has fired the first salvo in the unbundling of business class fares. Now you can buy just the seat, with none of the other trimmings that travelers are used to with top-tier carriers. It's a brilliant and pragmatic strategy, one that gives more choice to travelers. The tension will now be maintaining that great luxury brand halo and still letting the premium cabins do the marketing hard yards for the carrier.

10 hours ago

Why Corporate Travelers Are So Reluctant to Use Company Booking Tools

Why Corporate Travelers Are So Reluctant to Use Company Booking Tools

Isaac Carey, Skift

It's not enough for companies to offer online booking tools — they need to not only make sure employees know how to use them but also do a better job at keeping up with digital trends.

17 hours ago

Greece Wants to Improve Its Standing Among Luxury Tourists

Greece Wants to Improve Its Standing Among Luxury Tourists

Eleni Chrepa and Paul Tugwell, Bloomberg

Given its glorious weather and sandy beaches, you'd assume that Greece was a beacon for high-end tourists but apparently not. A number of luxury hotel openings are starting to change this, however, and to cope the country will need to attract a new generation of tourism workers.

2 days ago

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Why Downtown Kansas City Is a Creative Crossroads for Business and Leisure Travel

Why Downtown Kansas City Is a Creative Crossroads for Business and Leisure Travel

Visit KC + Skift

Kansas City’s renaissance has made it a compelling destination for meeting planners who want to provide their attendees with not only top-notch convention infrastructure, but rich art and cultural experiences and next-level culinary offerings.

2 weeks ago

Travel Managers Express Concerns About Boeing 737 Max Safety

Travel Managers Express Concerns About Boeing 737 Max Safety

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travel managers are concerned for the safety of travelers who will be flying Boeing 737 Max series aircraft in the future, and with good reason.

3 days ago

TripActions Goes Direct on Distribution With United

TripActions Goes Direct on Distribution With United

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Going direct with airlines makes sense on many levels for travel management companies, although progress has been slow. And whether travel managers fully embrace adding complexity to their program remains to be seen.

4 days ago

Cvent Adds Another App for Event Managers

Cvent Adds Another App for Event Managers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent will continue to leverage its scale and coffers to acquire smaller companies that add value to its platform. As more planners focus on event engagement, snapping up DoubleDutch seems like a wise move.

5 days ago

New $100,000-a-Night Resort in the Philippines Faces Hurdles

New $100,000-a-Night Resort in the Philippines Faces Hurdles

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

It's good to see that the Philippines keeps cracking down on developments to ensure they are in line with environmental and easement issues, even those at the ultra-premium end of the spectrum. But that's not the only challenge Banwa faces.

5 days ago

An Unconventional Approach to High-End Hospitality

An Unconventional Approach to High-End Hospitality

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sometime those without any baggage are the clearest thinkers.

6 days ago

Surging Demand for Milestone Celebrations Means New Business for Advisors

Surging Demand for Milestone Celebrations Means New Business for Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Despite the opportunity, there are challenges involved in successfully putting together celebration travel. One of the biggest ones is to keep things under control with unwieldy groups, particularly if there is no designated group leader.

6 days ago

Affluence Is Fueling Demand for Advisors to Plan Milestone Group Travel

Affluence Is Fueling Demand for Advisors to Plan Milestone Group Travel

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The trend for groups of family and friends to celebrate birthdays and other milestones with travel is growing in scope. It's a likely niche for many travel advisors to pursue.

6 days ago

TripActions Teams Up With United Airlines to Offer More Efficient Booking

TripActions Teams Up With United Airlines to Offer More Efficient Booking

Isaac Carey, Skift

Going forward TripActions hopes direct connections with airlines can give it a leg up on the competition. Encouraging its customers to use the functionality, though, could be tricky.

6 days ago