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Hard Truths From Singapore's Reopening Gambits

Desperation is the new mother of invention and all eyes are on Singapore to see if the slew of measures it is taking will go down in history as forerunners of safe travel reopening — or just despairing moves.

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How Travel Companies Can Adapt to Changing Traveler Behaviors During Recovery
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Region by region, travel will reemerge in phases. Travel advertisers can reconnect with customers through targeted messaging that acknowledges health and safety concerns and empathizes with the pent-up desire to venture out from local to regional travel experiences.

What’s Going On With Oyo, 10 Months Into the Pandemic

Oyo and its founder have long been accused of being heavy on spin even though all acknowledge that the hotel chain has been a category creator. This interview is excellent because Agarwal faced tough questioning. We know a politician who would have walked out.

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Caribbean Destinations Forced to Rethink Tourism Strategies as Cruises Face Huge Challenges

The world's primary cruise destination, the Caribbean, has been reeling from the prolonged absence of cruise lines. But there's no going back to multiple big ships anytime soon — a silver lining for destinations pushed now to maximize quality over quantity with smaller scale, high-value and green tourism.

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Airbnb Stock Split Pre-IPO Will Make It Cheaper for Individual Investors

An Airbnb pre-IPO stock split gives the company's potential public debut more momentum because its share price in theory would be lower. Of course, none of Airbnb's IPO paperwork is public yet so the particulars of the IPO are just guesswork for now.

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Register Today for the First Skift Aviation Forum on November 19

Skift Aviation Forum is just three weeks away. We have an amazing lineup of speakers, including Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines; Steven Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corp.; Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France; Robert Isom, President of American Airlines and many more. See the full list of speakers on our website and get registered today.

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It’s Still A Waiting Game For Hotel Investors, As Owners Still Have High Valuations In Mind

It's nearly time for opportunistic investors like Starwood Capital's Barry Sternlicht to swoop in on distressed hotel assets, but they'd better have the pockets to stomach at least another year of no returns on investment.

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Lessons From Trip.com on the Future of Travel: New Skift Research

China is like no other place on Earth and Trip.com is like no other online travel agency. It offers lessons on how to build an industry-leading business and how to respond to our deepest crisis ever.

Get insights in our new Research report that you won't find anywhere else.

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Join Us for Airline Weekly Lounge Live

Brett Snyder, the mind behind "The Cranky Flier" blog, joins us to discuss U.S. airlines' third-quarter earnings, what the November 3 election could mean for the industry, and for the latest installment of "Skeds of Airlines," his take on ever-changing networks and schedules. Tune in at 12 p.m. EST on Monday, November 2.

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Here's Where Travel Donated During the 2020 Election Cycle

The various sectors of the U.S. travel industry favor former Vice President Joe Biden and shifted support from Republican to Democratic congressional candidates since 2016.

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Video: Interview With JetBlue President Joanna Geraghty at Skift Global Forum🔒

Crisis creates opportunities. No travel company has seized that mantra more than JetBlue. The airline's president Joanna Geraghty said a shift to more leisure and family travel has hit JetBlue's sweet spot, even in these unprecedented times.

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The Largest IPO in History Just Happened and It Has a Huge Travel Angle

Booking.com, Airbnb, Marriott, and every high-end retail shop on the Champs-Élysées want to see the proliferation of Alipay and other digital payment services to capture the spending of Chinese travelers. But Alipay's key cross-border payments strategy, despite a record-setting IPO, has run into major snags.

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