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Hotels Steal Booking Momentum From Vacation Rentals: Skift Recovery Index

Analyzing lodging booking data shows that hotels are now consistently outperforming vacation rentals. Vacation rentals were the winners of 2020, but some pre-pandemic patterns might be returning.

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Learn From the CEOs of Airbnb, Uber, Marriott, Southwest, and More …

Skift Global Forum is happening next week on September 21-23, live from New York City's iconic TWA Hotel. We'll be asking our speakers the hard-hitting questions on strategy, marketing, and trends – and attendees will have the opportunity to meet them firsthand in-person, or interact with speakers virtually. Explore the agenda below and secure your ticket for 25%-off with your exclusive discount code: 25OFF. Hurry – this offer expires tomorrow!

United Airlines’ Tough Stance Paying Off With 90 Percent of Workers Vaccinated

As companies debate whether carrots or sticks are the best way to get staff vaccinated against Covid-19, United Airlines is proving that sticks can work. After a threat of unpaid leave, nearly all of the carrier's staff have gotten their jabs.

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Getting Tourism Jobs Back Is First Priority of New CEO of Global Group WTTC

In her first interview with the press, Julia Simpson showed us she has big plans for tourism. But will getting jobs back and reopening borders cloud the urgency to manage tourism's growth post pandemic? That's the unanswered, million-dollar question.

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U.S. Hotel Performance Slips While China Roars Back to Life

The U.S. and China are riding a hotel performance see-saw where one goes up as the other comes down. But travel analysts and executives are downplaying the notion the Delta variant is going to lead to a travel doomsday scenario over the fall and winter.

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New Research: 5 Trends From Travel's 2021 Summer Surge
Sponsored by Expedia Group Media Solutions

Expedia Group Media Solutions' Q2 2021 Travel Recovery Trend Report features the latest research and key data on how travel is returning, with actionable insights to help guide the industry as it captures new demand.

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Former Airbnb Exec Pitches Remote Work as Reward Not a Right

Companies could end up harnessing Airbnb veteran Stanley Fourteau's new venture Ukio, which has the backing of Travelperk's CEO, as a means to take back control of the remote work conversation.

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Eurowings to Lead the Lufthansa Group’s Long-Sought Expansion Into Scandinavia

With its budget airline Eurowings expanding into Sweden, the Lufthansa Group is getting a toehold in Scandinavia. With both SAS and Norwegian Air downsizing, Lufthansa and other European airlines think the region is ripe with opportunity.

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Chinese Travelers Still See U.S. as Most Unsafe for Travel

Got the pandemic under control? That remains a key factor for Chinese tourists to go abroad, a new sentiment survey from Dragon Trail shows. None of that "living-with-the-virus" approach that some Asian destinations are starting to embrace.

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SmarterTravel Revives After Tripadvisor Spinoff: Travel Startup Funding This Week

This week a half-dozen travel startups collectively announced more than $87 million in funding, including SmarterTravel, a set of travel content brands once owned by Tripadvisor.

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Panama Will Vaccinate Visitors to Help Restart Tourism

Are we veering into dangerous territory when the line between a tourist board and health authority blurs to this extent?

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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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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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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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