9 Stories to Start Your Wednesday
For the last three years we've been producing twice-monthly Trends Reports that thousands of industry leaders subscribe to either on their own or through their company (if they're lucky enough to work at a place with an enterprise subscription). But we're not content to keep doing the same thing over and over.
Today we are thrilled to re-introduce this team as a newly separate unit called Skift Research. Led by Research Director Luke Bujarski, this team of five people now includes ace in-house analysts and client-servicing teammates in New York and Berlin. Read on to understand how Skift Research can help you understand your job even better in 2017. — Jason Clampet, Editor-in-Chief
We’ve upped our game with considerable investments in talent and data, in order to prepare our subscribers for another turbulent year in travel. Our mission: To transform our knowledge services from a nice-to-have, to a must-have resource for smart decision-makers and savvy executives in travel.
Skift Take: Don't wait to register for Skift's Megatrends Forecast Event on Jan 11 in NYC. Here, we'll help you understand the big forces defining travel in 2017 and you'll receive an exclusive copy of our beautifully produced magazine.
Skift Take: Luxury hospitality groups and tour operators are saying that their guests today are craving more simplicity, better wellness options, and a greater convergence of experiences combined together in one place.
Skift Take: The aviation industry was mostly quiet during the holiday period, but a few companies made news — and not for the best of reasons.
Skift Take: We think this will take some getting used to for cruise passengers and crew alike. But the widespread acceptance of Disney's MagicBand — at least in Florida parks — shows that vacationers can adapt and embrace new forms of technology, especially if it improves their trip.
Skift Take: Although much focus as of late has been on Airbnb's ability to become a new kind of online travel agency, we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that it continues to be a major disruptor to the traditional hotel industry, too.
Skift Take: Cruise lines have been working on ways to improve guest-facing technology so passengers have a better experience on their trip. But it sounds like those efforts are moving to a new level this year — which should be good news for cruisers.
Skift Take: Though Virgin America and Alaska Air still run separate loyalty programs, the former seems to be shoring up partnerships in preparation to wind down.
Skift Take: Yes, this seems like a potential invasion of privacy, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The chances of airlines adopting this technology are low.