January 10, 2022
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No big surprises on Google Maps, but Booking.com outpaced rival Airbnb in downloads in the online travel agency category globally by nearly 20 million in 2021. That's not a game-changer, but it's important if Booking is going to eat into Airbnb's daunting direct-booking advantage.

Amidst rapidly evolving policies, corporate travel managers must streamline communication with business travelers in their organizations to align around processes and goals. Skift and TripActions present this new insights deck exploring the state of corporate travel and expense as companies embark on new journeys ahead in 2022.


Marriott has been promising a W Hotels makeover for years, but a recent string of openings and deal signings show there is finally some momentum in reviving the brand.

The industry unemployment rate may be falling, but it isn't for the reason hotel owners would like.

Listen now to a conversation with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Skift Global Forum in September 2021 in New York City.

Our annual Megatrends is a must-attend online event for anyone looking to understand what lies ahead for the industry, the strategies leaders are betting on for the future, and what travelers are seeking as travel returns. Don't miss out — register today!


Netactica is on track to become the most notable travel technology company in the business-to-business and consulting segments in Latin America.

It's not obvious the world needs another payment method. But a points-based loyalty program tied to the new debit card may give Visit Mexico a tool to steer travelers to suppliers and locations that most need visitors. The idea is intriguing.

Australia is right to play hardball with Novak Djokovic because granting him a medical exemption from its strict from coronavirus vaccine requirements would encourage other anti-vaxxers to employ the same tactics.

At issue is potential interference from high-speed wireless service, known as 5G, with the equipment that airplanes use for take-offs and landings. Both telecoms and airlines seek a compromise on where telecoms will deploy 5G.

This deal underscores how Mumbai-based conglomerate Reliance, run by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, cares about travel. In 2021, it bought Britain's Stoke Park. It's also been keeping a stake in Oberoi Hotels, developing hotels in Mumbai, and running a full-service hospitality management company.

A current Royal Caribbean marketing slogan is that "this is the year of yes." But the company's latest pause on sailings comes after tests found onboard cases on more than 90 ships across various cruise brands. So call it "the winter of waiting" instead.

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"Bleisure" is a frequent buzz word on Marriott earnings calls during the pandemic, but the company's development lab signals this pandemic trend of blended travel purpose has a long lifetime ahead.

Behind the investor appetite as American Express Global Business Travel prepares to go public.

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