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The Short-Lived Vacation Rental Advantage Over Hotels Is Almost Gone

The death of hotels was greatly exaggerated. Advantage and Expedia — not Airbnb — if travelers indeed are now seeking out both hotels and vacation rentals in comparable numbers.

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2020 Skift Global Forum Agenda Finalized

The program for Skift Global Forum 2020 has been finalized and is live on the event website. During the conference, attendees will hear from a host of exceptional speakers from around the world discussing the future of the travel industry. No matter your interest, this year's event has sessions to suit your needs. Register today!

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Expedia Is Now Marriott’s Exclusive Provider of Wholesale Rates for Travel Agents

If the Expedia-Marriott partnership works out as promised, then there will be fewer Marriott rates on metasearch sites that are deeply discounted compared to Marriott's own websites. And bedbanks and tour operators will have to sign up with Expedia — not Marriott — to get their hands on Marriott's wholesale rates.

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This Is the Most Dire Prognostication on the Future of Airlines … and Travel

"Absolutely no one in the industry, government, capital markets or media is willing to face up to this inevitable reality." Don't say we didn't warn you.

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The Peninsula Dumps Oracle to Use Shiji’s New Tech Platform for Hotel Groups

It seemed like Shiji's recent acquisition spree would lead to it compete one day directly with Oracle, Amadeus, Sabre, and others. That day has come.

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How Delta Looks to Leverage Rewards From Its Own Frequent Flyer Program

Delta Air Lines needs cash. Its SkyMiles program is one of its only remaining profitable assets. The airline is being smart in using it to secure new funding.

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IHG Throttles Ahead With Upscale Voco Brand Expansion in the U.S.

Voco is yet another branded opportunity for independent hoteliers looking for increased distribution, but IHG has to find ways to make the brand stand out in the crowded upscale, lifestyle hotel space.

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Editor's Picks
No Escaping Climate Change for the Travel Industry Even When Covid-19 Becomes a Distant Memory

Masks, social distancing, and vaccines can't stop climate change. It isn't a competition to choose the most dire threat, climate change or Covid-19, because they are interrelated. But taking a long-term view, climate change will be an existential threat to the travel industry, and the world, even as coronavirus fades.

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Subscription Travel Models Offer Encouraging Pandemic Resilience to Inspirato and BeRightBack

Skift cited the subscription model as one of the megatrends to watch in travel this year. So we were intrigued to see that Inspirato and BeRightBack, two pure-play efforts at being the "Netflix of travel," have withstood the pandemic assault rather well.

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5 Travel Startups Saved by Funding in a Nick of Time Just Before the Crisis

We checked in with a hotel startup, two providers of software to hotels, a business travel startup, and a software maker for the tours-and-activities sector to see how last-minute funding helped them survive the industry's nuclear winter.

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