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What Accor’s Top Technology Executive Has to Say May Surprise You

In his first interview since becoming Accor's chief technology officer, Floor Bleeker explains the hotel giant's contrarian tech strategy. Expect top tech players and Accor's rivals to take notice.

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Next Week: Skift Global Forum In Person and Online
Free Livestream of Skift Global Forum Opening Night Event With Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Our opening evening for Skift Global Forum 2021 will now be livestreamed free to anyone who wants to tune in. Compelling conversations around future of human movement in coming years and decades.

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Carlson Family Giving Up Control of Corp Travel Agency CWT in Refinancing Deal

A new chapter that will help the agency focus on the future, but will an opaque ownership structure hinder its recovery plans?

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Canada’s Tourism Industry Sees So Much Riding on Upcoming Elections

As Covid continues to show, timing is everything when reopening for tourism. Will the elected party get behind Canada's travel industry until the uncertainty fades, or will more businesses collapse?

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Travel + Leisure CEO: We Can Make $12.5 Billion Off Existing Timeshare Owners

Publicly traded hospitality companies need to show shareholders signs of growth and expansion. Travel + Leisure Co.'s message of multibillion-dollar sales growth from existing clients isn't as far-fetched as the price tag may sound.

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Have You Seen the Program for Skift Global Forum?

We're just 5 days away from Skift Global Forum, and we're putting on the finishing touches to bring you an unforgettable, insightful, truly mind-blowing experience. Check out the finalized program and secure one of the very limited tickets we've left!

The New Role and Structure of High Performing Tourism Boards, Post-Covid

When DMOs are performing consistently at the optimal level it adds a significant amount that no one other body is able to provide. A great overview and recommendations on what should be done in post-covid era.

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New Multi-Day Features Make Zoom a Viable Option for Event Professionals

New features flaunted at this week's Zoom User Conference Zoomtopia point to Zoom becoming a serious contender for multi-day multi-session events. Although most features will only be released in the fourth quarter or later, the opportunity to explore first-hand some features as part of Zoomtopia made it clear that the company is serious about investing…

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Why American Airlines Pact With Gol Is Essential for Its South American Recovery

South America's airline industry is in the midst of a radical transformation, as international carriers vie to strike partnerships with the continent's airlines. American Airlines is investing $200 million in Brazil's Gol to secure more share in the continent's largest country.

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Azerbaijan Redefines Its Domestic Tourism Strategy By Looking Beyond Its Major Cities
Sponsored by Azerbaijan Tourism Board

With international travel on pause, Azerbaijan Tourism Board is inspiring Azerbaijanis themselves to discover the diverse, authentic offerings the country has to offer, more conveniently than ever.

U.S. ‘Considering’ Vaccine Requirement for International Travelers

Vaccine requirements are a no-brainer to reopen U.S. borders to the rest of the world. But don't expect this to happen overnight — the Delta variant is still a major headwind and concern to those who have to approve any kind of reopening.

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How Long Before Covid Tours Become Part of the Dark Tourism Trend?

Tour operators are understandably expressing no desire to launch Covid-related tours while the pandemic is still ongoing. But as themes like death and tragedy already feature prominently in numerous trips, history suggests some tour operators will eventually include visits to Covid memorials in their offerings.

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Bali’s Tourism Reopening Within Sight as Infections Decline

Vaccination thresholds, travel bubbles, and even tourism triangles. This is how tourism will look, not just for this Indonesian paradise, but beyond as winter looms.

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New York City Tourism Hopes Rise With Return of Broadway Musicals

Broadway shows are back, as New York City tourism officials look to revived theater as one more big step toward reviving tourism in the Big Apple heading into the fall.

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Google’s Ticketing for Attractions Off to Rough Start

Google's attractions ticket beta has been among its least elegant in travel to date. This has angered many tour operators because it couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.

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These 4 Airlines Made More From Upsells Than Ticket Sales in 2020

In an industry record, four budget airlines generated more revenue from ancillaries than they did from ticket sales in 2020. More importantly, ancillary revenue grew across all of the largest airlines last year despite the crisis.

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Skift Global Forum Preview: Incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan on Pulling Off New Service to 18 Airports in 18 Months

Incoming Southwest Airlines CEO Robert Jordan sees the pandemic's road to recovery in four stages: Survive, stabilize, repair, and prosper. Right now, he says his airline is still in the stabilize phase.

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