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Can Airbnb Sustain a $100 Billion Valuation? New Skift Research

Thursday was a historic day for Airbnb and the travel industry at large. Airbnb is a excellent business, but is it a $100 billion business?

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Airline Offers are About to Get Smarter and More Personalized
Sponsored by Sabre

Airlines can unlock the opportunity for incremental revenue and the experiences their travelers expect with new retailing technology that can help power personalized offer creation and distribution.

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Google Debuts New Traveler Demand Tools for Hotels and Destinations Starting in Asia

Google's new tourism-oriented tools, two of which are open to non-customers, may be useful to small enterprises, and could help Google win new business.

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Mask On, Wheels Up: Meet the Intrepid Biz Traveler Who’s Taken 42 Trips Since Pandemic’s Start

While many businesses are sticking to holding meetings via video conferencing during the pandemic, Abdol Moabery thinks the key is meeting the clients in-person and being socially responsible while traveling. A lot of executives feel the same way but haven't actually acted on it, just yet.

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3 Ways Salesforce’s Purchase of Slack Will Shake Up Corporate Travel 🔒

The $27 billion software deal creates a new melting pot of users for travel tech platforms to tap in to. The race is on.

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BridgeStreet Files for Bankruptcy and Sells European Business to National Corporate Housing

It's a bitter irony that the pandemic has driven a push to remote work and created an immense opportunity for traditional providers of serviced apartments precisely at the moment that they have stumbled in their execution.

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China Bans the Tripadvisor App Controlled by the Country’s Own Group

China's move to ban the Tripadvisor-branded app is somewhat of a head scratcher since the app is actually controlled by China's Group. Will other U.S.-branded apps, such as Airbnb's be impacted?

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Join Us for Airline Weekly Lounge Live

What role does technology play in restoring traveler confidence and in air travel's recoveryl? What are some of the airline-booking trends a company like Expedia is seeing? And when will corporate travel return in any meaningful way? Expedia Group Vice President, Strategic Global Partners-Air Julie Kyse joins us to answer these and other questions. Tune in at 12 p.m. EST on Monday, December 14.

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All Eyes on Gol as Brazilian Airline Is First to Put 737 Max Back Into Service

Gol is set to be the first global airline to resume Boeing 737 Max flights on Wednesday, returning the jet at the beginning of Brazil's busy summer travel season. But questions remain over whether travelers have confidence in the aircraft after a 20-month grounding with no less than the future of Boeing hanging in the balance.

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Surge in Outdoor Tourism Renews Equity and Inclusion Challenges in American West

With international travel largely shuttered and an exodus from cities of remote workers seeking more bucolic settings, hordes of people are flocking to federal lands in the American West. But how to balance the need for tourist dollars with protecting fragile ecosystems and sacred sites remains a challenge.

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What Airbnb’s Journey From Start to IPO Has Meant to Skift, and Me

Skift since its own launch was the first media outlet to ask hard questions of Airbnb, and it has been amazing to document that journey of the company from start till its IPO day and beyond. My thoughts in an audio essay.

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