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Thailand Company Becomes World’s Most-Valuable Airport Operator

Thailand Company Becomes World’s Most-Valuable Airport Operator

Anuchit Nguyen and Lee Miller, Bloomberg

This is good news for Thailand as the government said it was investing $6 billion in its airports last year, but some analysts remain cautious.

2 weeks ago

Trump Erroneously Takes Credit for 2017 Airline Safety Mark

Trump Erroneously Takes Credit for 2017 Airline Safety Mark

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The buck stops in the oval office, but Trump had absolutely no influence over aviation safety in 2017. Let's see how the President's drive to reduce regulation impacts aviation safety this year, and whether an infrastructure law gets passed that invests in modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system.

3 weeks ago

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Five Challenges Keeping Travel Startup Leaders Up At Night

Five Challenges Keeping Travel Startup Leaders Up At Night

Amadeus + Skift

What keeps travel startup founders up at night? According to the results of our new travel startup survey, fledgling travel businesses face a variety of obstacles, including finding the right people, misunderstanding market dynamics, weak business models and challenges with data complexity.

2 months ago

Uber Lost $1.5 Billion in the Third Quarter So Can It Be Profitable?

Uber Lost $1.5 Billion in the Third Quarter So Can It Be Profitable?

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Can Uber ever be profitable? One thing is clear: The company will have to find a way to ensure its big payouts for legal woes become truly one-time — and not ongoing — expenses.

2 months ago

Alitalia Uniforms Get Second Makeover in 2 Years Despite Being Broke

Alitalia Uniforms Get Second Makeover in 2 Years Despite Being Broke

Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

Alitalia claims that its second uniform redesign in the past two years will not cost the airline any money. Maybe this kind of thinking is among the myriad reasons it's now insolvent? Just wondering.

2 months ago

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Bridging the Funding Gap for Travel Startups

Bridging the Funding Gap for Travel Startups

Amadeus + Skift

Research shows that there’s a significant gap between early, mid and later stage funding rounds—unfortunately, it makes sense. The very nature of early vs. middle-to-late stage funding makes it difficult for startups in the travel space to move beyond the beginning stages.

2 months ago

New Skift Research Report: The Future of Blockchain in Travel Distribution 2018

New Skift Research Report: The Future of Blockchain in Travel Distribution 2018

Luke Bujarski, Skift Research

Our channel checks and industry data point to a relevant future for blockchain technology in travel distribution. However, proponents will need to move fast in creating compelling applications that perform better than what's already out there.

2 months ago

New Honolulu Law Outlawing Mobile Devices in Crosswalks Has Tourists Confused

New Honolulu Law Outlawing Mobile Devices in Crosswalks Has Tourists Confused

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Caleb Jones, Associated Press

As the story points out, it seems more logical to crack down on drivers using mobile devices while driving, which could do a lot more damage than a tourist crossing a street.

3 months ago

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How Christopher Gray, Tech Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Scholly, Encourages ‘Opportunity for All’

How Christopher Gray, Tech Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Scholly, Encourages ‘Opportunity for All’

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Christopher Gray founded Scholly based on his struggle to find the money to attend the college of his dreams. Only a few years later, he’s connected hundreds of thousands of students to millions of dollars in scholarships so they could do the same.

3 months ago

Carnival Corp. Is Delaying the Full Launch of Its New Wearable Tech

Carnival Corp. Is Delaying the Full Launch of Its New Wearable Tech

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The last thing Carnival Corp. wants is for its much-hyped new technology to be a flop with guests. So a phased rollout it is — though we wonder why that wasn't the plan from the beginning.

3 months ago

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How Flat Vernacular’s Co-Founder Reinvents Spaces With Hand-Drawn Wallpaper

How Flat Vernacular’s Co-Founder Reinvents Spaces With Hand-Drawn Wallpaper

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Brian Kaspr, artist, designer and co-founder of design studio Flat Vernacular, has made it a point to put creativity first and foremost in his life. He finds inspiration in mundane, everyday situations and emphasizes the increasing importance of awareness and attention.

3 months ago

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Five Ways Companies Can Motivate Travelers to Stay In-Policy

Five Ways Companies Can Motivate Travelers to Stay In-Policy

Booking.com for Business + Skift

After all of the time and effort it takes to create an engaging travel policy, having it be ignored by travelers can be frustrating. These five steps can help make your policy the best it can be and encourage travelers to engage with it.

3 months ago