October 16, 2021
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Welcome news for the industry with a firm date in place now. Let the bookings commence.

The pandemic proved that digitized payment solutions are no longer a "nice-to-have" for travel and hospitality companies and the businesses they work with — they're now a must. Thankfully, new digital payment solutions in the B2B space, many inspired by innovations in B2C payments, are now available, as the industry looks toward a post-pandemic landscape.

Best of Skift's U.S. Reopening Coverage

The pandemic has highlighted Brand USA's role in driving international visitor demand and tourism's importance as the country's #2 export. Will the global fascination with coming to America transcend politics once borders reopen? Brand USA is betting on it.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and the reopening of the highly profitable transatlantic route will speed up their recovery. But we're not quite there yet.

While major U.S. tour operators might have been surprised by the timing of the reopening announcement, they've been extensively preparing for this moment for a long time in their devastating, forced respite due to pandemic lockdowns.

This is the most significant international travel news since the start of pandemic restrictions being put in place. Watch travel bookings go crazy — and the share prices of travel companies.

Have you registered yet? There's now just over a month to go until our second annual Skift Aviation Forum. Join us on November 17 for what promises to be an unmissable event as we dive into the business of aviation. Reserve your spot today by clicking the button below.


This is America, the land of the free and hyper-polarized. Sadly. Though good news, enough will exists across the country for a vaccine requirement for air travel, but the vocal opposition will unlikely let it happen.

Editor's Picks

The pandemic has spurred an over-abundance of initiatives across the travel industry, but this one certainly ranks among the most promising to date.

The hotel industry is leaving a lot of money on the table by not providing travelers with accessibility needs the right tools to book a stay.

Virtual events have the potential to reach much larger audiences, but can they deliver on the promise of remote networking opportunities? We cover eight strategies for better networking at virtual events.

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