This week we went into the studio to talk about New York City's breakout tourist attraction, once derelict train tracks on the west side of town. Now every city wants one. Listen to understand why. We also dug deep into SEC filings to get a better idea of how hotel loyalty programs were working, and we took a look at a hotel industry study of Airbnb business in one of its largest markets.
Lastly, at the end of this week, the AP highlighted Expedia's CEO as the best compensated U.S. CEO last year. Here's the backstory from earlier this month. (And here's what hotel CEOs were paid last year, too)
Skift Take: We’re talking about the creation of the High Line, its legacy and the quest to create the next big thing in parks.
Skift Take: Hotels are getting more people to join their loyalty programs than ever before. Now they just need to raise their engagement levels to keep them coming back — booking direct, as they'd prefer.
Skift Take: Regardless of whether or not you believe the numbers from the American Hotel & Lodging Association or those from Airbnb, Miami's short-term rental situation demonstrates a clear need for better legislation and/or better enforcement to address short-term rentals.
Skift Take: These numbers show that while Disney still sits comfortably on top, its fiercest rival is showing strong growth.
Skift Take: Corporate hotel developers and the big hospitality brands are reworking their design visions to create more natural light, open spaces, integrated lobbies, and communal seating to deliver a more trendy and social guest experience.
Skift Take: Over the last decade, the most innovative culinary travel experiences have emphasized the local destination as much as the local food and drink specific to that region. Understand the implications of this shift in our latest trends report.
Skift Take: Are you a leader in hospitality? Contribute to the conversation and let us know more about where you're at with your hotel tech stack.
Skift Take: Our flagship conference Skift Global Forum 2016 will return in full force this September with an incredible speaker lineup. For the second year in a row, we want to enable startups to attend, understand, learn and get inspired about the future of travel.
Despite the impending completion of its purchase by Marriott, Starwood isn't slowing down. Plus, we look at the human touch behind the technology tricks.
The Cruise Industry
This week we brought you one-on-ones with Royal Caribbean's CEO and Princess' CMO, not to mention a gee whiz moment after we started counting cruise ship cabins.
Two big topics that we break down into good-looking graphics and explanations.
Women & Business Travel
Two stories this week looked at particular challenges facing female business travelers, as well as opportunities to improve the experience.
Skift Take: There are a lot of things that Airbnb hosts can do to make solo female business travelers feel more safe and comfortable, but there are also many female travelers who will never book an Airbnb alone.
Skift Take: Better technology tools from travel management companies can help put female travelers into safer situations on the road.
Among U.S. carriers it's all about loyalty plays and a new generation of fares that allow old-school airlines to compete with low-cost rivals.
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