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European Union Could Ban Non-Essential Travel From U.S. as Early as Monday

Less than two months after opening up to Americans for non-essential travel, the EU is reversing course with new expected travel restrictions. News of this latest ban will throw more chaos into the future of travel companies already bracing for a tough fall.

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Strategies for Hospitality Recovery: Spotlight on Latin America
Sponsored by Oracle Hospitality

Oracle and Skift's 2021 report, Back to Hospitality: Getting Smarter and More Profitable in a Post-Covid World, offers a playbook for the industry to come back better and stronger. In this article, we take a closer look at the report's findings regarding the hotel environment in Latin America.

Vacasa and Sonder Face Challenges as They Get Ready to Join Airbnb as Public Companies

Will Vacasa and Sonder have the wherewithal as public companies to build their own brands independent of relying on Google and Airbnb, and will their business model challenges be surmountable? There's a ton of potential and so much work ahead for each of the companies.

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JetBlue-Backed Startup Flyr Buys Two Companies to Expand Its Airline Software

Airlines have historically been cautious about adopting new technologies. So it's striking to hear any talk that carriers are buying new software during the pandemic-related revenue crisis.

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Social Media Influencers Sync With Startup Tools to Sell Travel

This reporter managed to include Kourtney Kardashian's Insta in this story about travel tech. #winning #socialmedia #thinkfluencer

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Joins Us at Skift Global Forum

We are thrilled to announce that Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky will be speaking at the opening event of Skift Global Forum on September 21st. Catch Chesky on-stage for an in-depth conversation with Skift Founder & CEO Rafat Ali, as they discuss all things travel. Tickets are selling out so secure your spot before its too late!

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Alaska Airlines Taps New Flight Planning Software to Avoid Costly Delays

Until now, artificial intelligence has mostly been hype. But AI is starting to save travel companies real money by making smarter predictions about events that impact operations.

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Hilton-Backed Hotel Brand Banks on Rising Tide of Social and Environmental Responsibility

Want to develop a hotel? Think beyond just room revenue. Money talks, and more investors like CGI want to see increased emphasis on social issues and sustainability going forward. So-called ESG is no longer a side thought.

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Global Travel Restrictions Are Averaging 350 Per Country This Far Into Pandemic

Tourism isn't getting back to normal anytime soon, and this UBS report is a stark reminder of that.

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U.S. Airlines May Have Already Seen Worst of Delta Variant Impact

U.S. travelers cut back on summer vacations as Covid-19 case numbers spiked due to the Delta variant. But the worst may be behind airlines as the latest surge recedes and travelers try to cram in one last summer vacation before autumn.

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Destinations Put Aside Old Rivalries With New Combined Marketing

This new "friends not rivals" approach to marketing destinations might just get more traction from today's changed traveler.

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