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Airbnb Hopes to Raise $3 Billion in a December IPO

Airbnb's proposed December timing for an initial public offering could be dicey because the U.S. presidential election and its aftermath is such a wild card at this point. Still, a $3 billion funding infusion could help Airbnb pay down the high-interest, private equity debt that it raised earlier this year.

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First Look At The Agenda for Skift Forum Asia

Join us at Skift Forum Asia on October 15 to hear inspirational and thought-provoking sessions about the most important issues in the travel sector today. Check out our program now and register while you still can.

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Hilton, Hyatt and Others Pull Back the Curtain on Making Hygiene More Than Theater

Strong communication and decision-making power at the local level are key to making heightened hotel cleaning measures succeed in an ever-changing pandemic information environment.

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JetBlue Founder Delays Launch of His New Airline to 2021 Starting in Southeastern U.S.

At some point, the U.S. airline industry will have a robust recovery. But given the depth of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is unlikely this will happen next year. Breeze Airways may have a rough go at first.

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What Happens When a Massive Wave of Hotels Default?

The hotel industry is struggling under months of cratered occupancy and revenue. But there may be a way to avoid foreclosure with the bank — as long as your hotel was doing fine before the pandemic.

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Expedia CEO Peter Kern on the Google Silver Bullet — or Lack Thereof

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern is waging a simplicity campaign. Turning the Expedia and Hotels.com loyalty programs into a single plan might make sense. But one thing definitely on the agenda is trimming marketing through Google, a company Kern characterized as a "shark."

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$300 Million IPO Will Target Travel Company Acquisitions and Investments

Heads up, struggling booking platforms. A proposed IPO hopes to raise $300 million, and the company's founders may come looking for you. The list of pandemic opportunists grows.

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Join Us For Airline Weekly Lounge Live

To say the airline passenger experience has changed during the pandemic is an understatement. Six months in, what's different, and what changes are likely to be permanent? And just what is ahead for airlines in the fourth quarter? PaxEx.aero founder Seth Miller and Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan will take a deep dive on these issues on our next weekly livestream. Join us at 12 p.m. EDT, Monday, October 5.

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Hello, Amazon — Online Travel Is Harder Than It Looks

In the school of online travel hard knocks, new entrants have learned that barriers to entry can be substantial. Amazon, Google, and Airbnb should realize that the devil is in the details, and the complexities.

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It’s Time to Rethink Travel’s Global Leadership — Starting With WTTC

Forced by the pandemic, the travel industry is at an inflection point. After a decade-long bender of growth, it's facing multiple crises and an uncertain future. Can the organization that's tasked with representing the global commercial travel industry adapt to the new challenge?

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Meet the Springsteen Fans Who Created Tours That Bring the Star’s Legend to Life

While celebrity tourism isn't new, these two guides have certainly carved out a unique niche in covering Springsteen's origins at the Jersey Shore. Small and genuine experiences like the tours they offer may outperform generic, mass-market offerings during the travel sector's recovery.

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