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Battered Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Devastation

Battered Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Devastation

Richard Holmes, Skift

There’s some hard work ahead to correct public perceptions, but luxury tourism in northern Mozambique should be able to weather the fallout from Cyclone Kenneth. And the local economy needs it now, more than ever.

5 days ago

IHG to Launch New Upper-Midscale Brand Atwell Suites

IHG to Launch New Upper-Midscale Brand Atwell Suites

Isaac Carey, Skift

The hotel group is pushing forward on its goal of quickly adding new brands across the hospitality spectrum. The only question is: What will it add next?

5 days ago

What Embattled Thomas Cook Must Do to Stay Alive

What Embattled Thomas Cook Must Do to Stay Alive

Andrea Felsted and Marcus Ashworth, Bloomberg

The debt-laden European tour operator's ongoing struggles are reaching a breaking point. It's still possible to get its house in order, though, and if it can achieve this, it could still pull through.

1 week ago

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How Real-Time, Transparent Bidding Can Fix a Broken Travel Search Ecosystem

How Real-Time, Transparent Bidding Can Fix a Broken Travel Search Ecosystem

MediaAlpha + Skift

Travel comparison advertising, which typically operates in an opaque marketplace, is all too often inefficient for travel publishers and advertisers. Bringing real-time, transparent bidding into the fold can help solve for this.

6 months ago

Choice Hotels Looks to High-End Travelers to Boost Revenue

Choice Hotels Looks to High-End Travelers to Boost Revenue

Isaac Carey, Skift

Choice knows where the money is, and right now it's not in midscale brands. Will upgrading Comfort Inn be enough to lift room rates?

2 weeks ago

Why U.S. Tourism Marketing Is Political and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Why U.S. Tourism Marketing Is Political and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, U.S. officials are increasingly skeptical of government-funded tourism bureaus and Peak DMC discusses the challenges of working in a sector with few women. Plus, we delve into some key tips for responsible travel.

2 weeks ago

Hotels’ Problem With Plastics and 14 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Hotels’ Problem With Plastics and 14 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in hospitality, check out our deep-dive into hotels' reliance on cheap, often single-use plastic. Plus, Marriott moves forward with homesharing, while Hyatt acknowledges that homesharing isn't right for its business model at this time.

2 weeks ago

Royal Caribbean Sees Payoff From Expanding Its Fleet

Royal Caribbean Sees Payoff From Expanding Its Fleet

Isaac Carey, Skift

It looks like 2019 is setting up to be Royal Caribbean's year. The cruise company seemed almost baffled by how good its results were, with revenue increasing across the board.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Goes Manhattan Upscale With Apartment-Style Suites at Rockefeller Center

Airbnb Goes Manhattan Upscale With Apartment-Style Suites at Rockefeller Center

Isaac Carey, Skift

It’s got to be hard to get that “local feel” when you’re staying at one of the biggest tourist destinations in New York City.

3 weeks ago

Rising Costs Catch Up to Spirit Airlines

Rising Costs Catch Up to Spirit Airlines

Isaac Carey, Skift

In many ways, the airline had a solid quarter, but some potential long-term issues are starting to emerge, casting doubt on future performance.

4 weeks ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, we take a deep dive into Google Maps, comparing it to other superapps like Meituan in China or Grab in Southeast Asia. Plus, we talk to Avis executive Jeff Kaelin about customers' mobile experience and look at Jumia's growing hotel business in Africa.

4 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Boost Political Contributions in These Highly Partisan Times

Travel Advisors Boost Political Contributions in These Highly Partisan Times

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Supporting advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels for the rights of travel advisors is gaining momentum. Among indicators are growing contributions to ASTA’s political action committee.

1 month ago