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Undersized JetBlue Wants to Leverage This Crisis to Grow at Big Airports

JetBlue wants to expand in a time of crisis. It should be a sound strategy. But there's a potential problem: All U.S. airlines are in considerable trouble, including JetBlue.

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Skift Forum Europe Video: Designing a New Era of Conversational Commerce
Sponsored by LivePerson

In this video conversation from Skift Forum Europe 2020, we learn more about how LivePerson is helping the travel industry use the power of conversational commerce to adjust to rapid changes in consumer habits caused by Covid-19, along with new opportunities to streamline company operations.

Carnival and Royal Caribbean Receive UK Coronavirus Aid After Cruise Snub in U.S.

Given the longstanding critique of the cruise industry's business model, some critics were pleasantly surprised when U.S. Congress declined to give federal assistance to the industry back in April. Few noticed when the UK did just that as part of its Covid-19 corporate recovery package.

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Airbnb Shakes Up Hosting Management While Resuming Plans to Go Public

Tapping one person to head "hosting" for both homes and experiences isn't the most savvy of moves. Airbnb has a ton of work to do to mend relations with alienated home rental hosts. Experience hosting is likewise complex — and a very different animal.

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CDC Extends No Sail Order Banning Cruises Until October

The CDC's extension to its no sail order isn't entirely surprising, but it will make certain more financial pain for major cruise lines that are furiously raising cash to survive.

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Skift Global Forum 2020: Tickets Available Now

We're looking forward to hosting our Skift Global Forum 2020 as an online event this year. Join us live or on-demand as we bring together the biggest travel CEOs to address the challenges each sector faces and what 2021 and beyond will look like in a pandemic world. Don't miss out — register now.

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Amadeus to Scale Up Its New Distribution Effort in 2021 Starting in Asia

It's a fascinating question whether airlines and travel agencies will be able to keep pushing forward on modernizing the sector's tech. But Amadeus aims to press on with its part in the process.

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Beekeeper Raises $10 Million for Frontline Worker Communications: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Two startups that stand out in this funding roundup are Beekeeper, an operational communications service for staff at hotels and other companies, and Mystifly, an aviation retailing and payments platform.

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Travel's Reopening: A Global Timeline From the Skift Team

Our Reopening Timeline explains the when and the where of how the reopening and potential recovery of travel goes from here. Check it out at Reopening.travel.

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Don't Miss Mondays Live With Skift Airline Weekly

Join JetBlue Technology Ventures Managing Director Amy Burr and Vantage Airport Group Director of Innovation Partnerships Nirali Shah for a live discussion on how technology can help make travel easier during this pandemic. We livestream at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 20, and will take your questions as they roll in.

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Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

Amidst the carnage, there are job openings in the travel industry. However, many of the opportunities won't get rank-and-file restaurant or hospitality workers back collecting paychecks and benefits anytime soon.

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IHG, Hilton, Marriott Among Hotel Giants Battling for UK Budget Hotel Chain

Major hotel companies are swooping into the negotiating room for a deal with Travelodge's UK landlords because they represent the most durable line of business in the volatile industry at the moment: economy, drive-to properties.

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U.S. Travelers Pull Back on Travel Plans Even as Restrictions Lift: Skift’s New Travel Tracker Survey

With 33 percent of Americans taking at least one trip, June travel tells a promising story of the reopening. But it might be a very short-lived promise.

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