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Expedia’s Payout to Its Ousted CEO Could Be Nearly $12 Million

When you consider Mark Okerstrom's performance, which will lead to a golden parachute substantially less than what might have been, he can take a bunch of blame — but not for everything. The integration of the Vrbo acquisition was clearly messed up, as was the reorganization. Conversely, he inherited a very tough competitive environment.

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New Report: How Technology Enhances the Meeting Attendee Experience
Sponsored by The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Two in three event professionals say they plan to use more technology to power their meetings in the future. But as these innovations mature, finding the right mix to make an impact remains a challenge. This deep dive, based on interviews with numerous experts in the meetings and events sector, explores what's working and what's not.

Unpacking TUI's New Hotel Strategy

Not only is TUI making a big bet on its own branded hotels, it wants to try and get independent hotels onto its new digital platform. How many are really going to want to get involved, and might it be better to try to fix its underperforming tour operator division?

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The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

The tug-of-war between hotels and short-term rentals intensified in 2019, with both sides making strategic moves to display their strength. There were wins and losses for everyone, and the result so far has been a deeper blurring of the lines between the two sectors.

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An Executive’s Retirement Signals the End of a Golden Era at Emirates

As he retires, Tim Clark will be celebrated as an aviation visionary. He deserves all the credit. But Emirates is slowly losing many of its competitive advantages.

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We're Hosting Megatrends Events Around The World! Where Will We See You?

We're hosting launch events across three continents to celebrate the release of our Megatrends Defining Travel in 2020 report. Join us for one of our events featuring our Skift editors presenting the top 2020 trends. Spaces are filling up quickly so get registered today!

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What Have Hotels Done on Cybersecurity Since the Marriott Hack?

Hotels are ripe for data breaches, with all the information guests provide them. The Marriott hack sounded a wake-up call when revealed last year. But hotels have been slow to come up with ways to protect their guests.

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National Parks Push Forward on Plastic Limits Despite Political Tussles

President Trump rolled back the Obama administration's limits on plastic bottles in national parks. But park advocates are confusing their efforts to reduce plastics on recreational land.

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Why Did U.S.-Based Dream Hotels Drop Its Asia Expansion?

Dream Hotel Group had a choppy start in its attempt to expand in Asia. Now it seems to have given up on that dream.

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Editor's Picks
Best Travel Writing of the Year: Our Favorite Stories From 2019

We asked Skift's indefatigable team of reporters and editors to pick their favorite stories from the past year. Here's an inside look at how those stories came to be, how they were reported, and what it was like to put it down into prose.

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What Consumers Told Us About Travel in 2019: Top Survey Findings From Skift Research

Skift Research surveyed all types of travelers in 2019, highlighting the staying power of food tourism, how best to track the travel preferences of millennials and Gen Zers, and more. The top findings of the year will get you ready for 2020.

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Travel Resolutions for 2020: Top Picks From the Skift Staff

Skift staffers weigh in on their travel resolutions for 2020. Prepare to be inspired, both by their goals and by the work they will continue to deliver in the New Year.

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