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Skift Take: Travel brands need to dream bigger, Walker argues, and realize that consumers and venture capitalists are more ready for technology reinventions rather than improvements -- aka band-aids. Accepting that reinventions don't render everything obsolete is a great place to start with this imagination.
Skift Take: If only there was an electoral college of polls here, and maybe Trump could win this contest despite a majority of people voting against his hotel brand. Luckily for him, he has a new job to fall back on.
Skift Take: From one hotelier to another, one leader to another, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson has delivered a message we certainly hope Donald Trump will not only take to heart, but really act upon as the next President of the United States.
Skift Take: Many travel brands have email marketing strategies that travelers aren't connecting with and aren't working for the companies.
Skift Take: Whether you're a hotelier, restauranteur, an airline CEO, or a cruise director, Danny Meyer's universal principles for good hospitality apply to every sector of the travel industry.
Skift Take: Disney has a lot of plans for its theme parks — more hotels, attractions, price levels, and intellectual property tie-ins. As the current CEO prepares to depart in a year and a half, we're getting more curious about who will replace him, and what that person's vision will include.
Skift Take: Let the festivities begin this week at the Airbnb Open, which could prove to be one of the company's seminal moments. The world of travelers, hosts and everyone else in hospitality will be watching to learn what comes next for a platform that's eager to look towards the future while also working through legal battles at the heart of hampering progress.
Skift Take: Alaska is changing its loyalty program to add revenue considerations to its upgrade process. Beyond the immediate impact, that move may foreshadow a dark future for its loyalty program.