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Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Any form of industry players conspiring to protect their self-interests should be thoroughly investigated. Hopefully this unsettling episode in Indonesia will end soon and everyone can go back to booking the best deal they can get without lame invisible hands interfering with the process.

6 months ago

JetBlue, Alaska Squeezed by Fare War and 6 Other Aviation Trends this Week

JetBlue, Alaska Squeezed by Fare War and 6 Other Aviation Trends this Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in aviation, smaller airlines suffer as economy fares reach extreme lows, Southwest and American fear that ongoing disputes with unions could harm operations, and the Green New Deal has the potential to shake up the airline business.

6 months ago

The Curious Case of Japan’s New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Carrier

The Curious Case of Japan’s New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Carrier

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Japan Airlines is certain its low-cost, long-haul carrier will excel. That’s hard to say, as details are still so sketchy. But the project is intriguing and holds the promise of something fresh in the air. So it’s worth waiting a little while longer for the final reveal.

6 months ago

Accor Debuts Back-to-Basics Lifestyle Brand

Accor Debuts Back-to-Basics Lifestyle Brand

Isaac Carey, Skift

At this point, Accor has no shortage of lifestyle brands, and this one seems pretty par for the course. Still, the group has done a good job of tapping into a growing trend.

7 months ago

New Skift Research Sets Key Benchmarks for Marketing Operations in Hotels

New Skift Research Sets Key Benchmarks for Marketing Operations in Hotels

Haixia Wang

As travel CMOs and their teams take on more responsibilities, a well-designed and articulated operations plan is crucial for delivering marketing success. Use this series of Skift Research reports to see how you stack up against other companies in your sector in key operational areas.

7 months ago

United Will Add More First-Class Seats to Regional Services

United Will Add More First-Class Seats to Regional Services

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Competition at the luxury end of the regional market certainly seems to be hotting up. Getting hold of Bombardier's new CRJ550 aircraft gives United something to shout about.

7 months ago

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

You can't help but root for Richard Branson and Wes Edens. Who doesn't want to see passenger rail service in the U.S. enter the 21st century, especially if you've been on ho-hum Amtrak recently?

7 months ago

China’s Travel Infrastructure Boom Sets a New Global Agenda

China’s Travel Infrastructure Boom Sets a New Global Agenda

Steven Schwankert, Skift

To capture more of the continuing engine of growth that is China’s outbound market, get on the train, set up your free Wi-Fi hotspot, and warm up your WeChat account.

8 months ago

Housekeeper Sues Marriott Subsidiaries Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Housekeeper Sues Marriott Subsidiaries Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg

Marriott has been trying to deflect the concerns of female housekeepers for years now, but things are starting to heat up for the hotel brand.

8 months ago

Breaking Down the U.S. Airline Industry by Market Size: New Skift Research Estimates

Breaking Down the U.S. Airline Industry by Market Size: New Skift Research Estimates

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Want to understand the U.S. airline industry, but short on time? Our proprietary estimates will allow you to understand how the the market is changing, which airlines are growing fastest, and the most important operational metrics at a glance.

8 months ago

Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves Reveal Heritage Tourism’s Struggles in an Instagrammable World

Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves Reveal Heritage Tourism’s Struggles in an Instagrammable World

Rebecca Stone, Skift

The ongoing investigation into the painting of the Batu Caves steps points to a greater need to appropriately preserve heritage sites. Protecting a country’s history and heritage for future generations should come first; increasing the number of Instagram "likes" and "tags" a heritage site gets should come second.

9 months ago

The Amazon Factor in Travel: New Skift Research E-Book

The Amazon Factor in Travel: New Skift Research E-Book

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Amazon's influence over travelers is likely to grow, and travel companies need to pay careful attention. Our limited edition e-book evaluates lessons, threats, and opportunities that Amazon presents for the travel industry.

9 months ago