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Skift is operating on a more laid-back schedule over the next week. We will be sending our daily newsletters, except on New Year's Day, ​so please check out some of the fun and smart year-end stories that we've put together. We also thought it was a great time to give you a sampling from Skift Airline Weekly and Skift Research, two of our subscription offerings. Check them out, and sign up. In the meantime, Skift wishes you a happy, prosperous 2019.

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10 Largest Travel Acquisitions of 2018

These were the 10 biggest deals in travel in 2018. Were they the smartest decisions? We'll know in a few years. Hospitality-related acquisitions dominated our list; the online travel agencies made some big investments, but were absent as big buyers.

Best Travel Writing of the Year: Our Favorite Stories from 2018

Find out how Skift picks, creates, and polishes its stories with our team's own greatest hits list. Here's hoping you enjoy reading these stories as much as we liked reporting and writing them.

The Best of Skift Airline Weekly

Skift Airline Weekly delivers deep industry insights — like those in the story below — to readers including CEOs and senior executives. Want to be in that exclusive club? Sign up as a subscriber by clicking here.

Europe's Airlines Approaching U.S.-Like Levels of Profitability

Europe's airline sector is a mix of thriving and struggling carriers. It's also a mix of welcome developments, like booming transatlantic demand, and very unwelcome ones, like severe air traffic control delays.

The Best of Skift Research

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The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO

What is hurting Airbnb's ability to see true success? Increasing regulation, the company's potential impact on local housing markets and the traditional hotel sector, and the company's increasing role in hospitality and accommodation distribution. In this report, we attack all three

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Challenges for Hotels to Streamline Back-End Technologies

The hotel tech stack of today should focus entirely on the customer journey and be arranged so that it provides guests a seamless experience. A hotel tech stack that is not integrated on the back-end will feel fragmented on the front-end.

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Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

Consumers often wonder where they can find the lowest rate for a hotel room online. Oddly enough, a hotel's managers may not know the answer. Mysteriously discounted rates from small sites and apps are popping up more often online, even in markets like the U.S. where a few hotel groups dominate.

Why India’s Airlines Have a Long-Haul Road to Success

India's airlines punch far below their weight in the intercontinental arena. In fact, deeply troubled Air India maintains its leadership in the market. But will things change as others, including some low-cost carriers, contemplate long-haul flying?

6 Top Theme Park Industry Developments of 2018

Theme parks got more creative with loyalty and pricing, ramped up their building boom, and took steps to raise employee wages in 2018. One operator mounted a turnaround, while another struggled to meet expectations. Here are some highlights from a year of strategic twists and turns.

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