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Iran Crisis Prompts United to Stop Flying to Mumbai

Mumbai is a big route for United. It uses its flagship aircraft. But it's probably best to err on the side of safety.

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How Destinations Can Capitalize on the Small-Meetings Movement
Sponsored by Visit Phoenix

Creative meeting planners are embracing the small-scale gathering, as attendees demand that events be more interesting, memorable, and worth their time. Destinations with unique hospitality options and easy access to nature are best poised to capitalize on this move to miniaturize meetings.

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Skift Top Travel Startups to Watch 2019

We've pinpointed 25 of the most promising venture-backed travel companies. Check out our list to find a useful partner for your business.

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Oyo Plans $300 Million U.S. Expansion With Focus on Major Cities

Sometimes it's obvious when a company is growing too fast. This doesn't appear to be one of those times. Oyo wants to be everywhere customers want to vacation.

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Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Emirates has fired the first salvo in the unbundling of business class fares. Now you can buy just the seat, with none of the other trimmings that travelers are used to with top-tier carriers. It's a pragmatic strategy, one that gives more choice to travelers. The tension will now be maintaining that great luxury brand halo and still letting the premium cabins do the marketing hard yards for the carrier.

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Skift Tech Forum Speaker Spotlight: Laura Calin

Laura Calin is the vice president of strategy and solutions management for Oracle Hospitality. Responsible for charting the direction of Oracle Hospitality's cloud services and solution portfolio for the hotels, casinos, and cruise verticals. Read more about Calin's passionate leadership and innovation, and don't forget to register to see her at this year's Skift Tech Forum in San Francisco!

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Why Corporate Travelers Are So Reluctant to Use Company Booking Tools

It's not enough for companies to offer online booking tools — they need to not only make sure employees know how to use them but also do a better job at keeping up with digital trends.

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Skift Tech Forum Preview

We will be in San Francisco next week for the second installment of Skift Tech Forum. Join the dozen-plus speakers, 150+ companies, and travel media's top journalists (that's us) for a day packed with insight into tech and travel. Want to know what to expect? Watch these sessions from 2018.

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Skift Tech Forum: How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Guest Experience

For travelers, tech overload can easily lead to burnout, but when used the right way, a flexible platform can foster a solid human connection.

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Skift Tech Forum: Amadeus Says Computer Vision Models Will Disrupt Aviation Tech

Computer vision algorithms will have a huge impact on airline and airport operations, according to Marion Mesnage, who heads up the research and innovation team at Amadeus, the travel tech giant.

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Skift Tech Forum: Shiji Helps Hotels Crack China Market With À La Carte Approach

Shiji is one of the world's most fascinating hospitality tech companies. In this interview Kevin King, its chief operating officer, explains the company's distinctive approach to the market.

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Editor's Picks
European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

Until Airbnb becomes more forthcoming about the information in its listings, which would enable cities to enforce their local regulations, the company will continue to face opposition from municipalities that want to limit its growth.

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American Airlines Union Dispute More Disruptive Than 737 Max Grounding

Big U.S. airlines have erased most of the ghosts from their past. They don't engage in many market share battles or fare wars anymore. They don't dump capacity. But they still have labor disputes with their unions. And those can be as disastrous to operations today as they were two or three decades ago.

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Facebook’s New Libra Cryptocurrency Could Solve Travel Payments Dilemma

Cryptocurrency is only in its early days, but already it's easy to see how its mission to democratize the financial system might be co-opted. And do currency reformers really need Facebook, with all of its baggage, leading this Libra effort?

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