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Bold and Outrageous Predictions for the Travel Industry in 2020

One of our goals is to always surprise our readers. So we asked our editors to push the envelope on making predictions for the New Year. They did not disappoint, from Amazon buying Expedia to JetBlue going away. What we are really trying to do here is prepare our readers for more of the unexpected in 2020 — and we'll be there to cover it.

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Only a Few Spots Left for Megatrends San Francisco!

Join us in San Francisco on Thursday, January 16, for the unveiling of our Megatrends Defining Travel in 2020 report. The uniquely curated event will feature Skift editors and research analysts presenting our top travel trends followed by an engaging Q&A session and reception with plenty of networking opportunities. Spaces are filling up quickly so reserve your free spot today!

2010s: The Decade Travel Lost Control of Its Destiny

Despite explosive growth, cracks in the global travel sector began to multiply over the last decade. More change and trouble will come before the industry can figure itself out again.

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The Most Important Story in Online Travel in 2019

Airbnb overtook Expedia in room nights booked in the first quarter of 2019, but questions loom for 2020. Will Airbnb lose its focus as it vows to go public and become a broader online travel agency? Will Expedia, which seems lost in terms of creating a revised strategy, find its way? So many headlines to come.

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Looming U.S. Sanctions, Regional Unrest Threaten Turkey's Vibrant Tourism Rebound

Turkey until recently was hailed as one of Europe's most attractive travel destinations. But rising geopolitical tensions and souring relations between Washington and Ankara are now threatening the fragile sector's growth and potential.

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Plantation Backlash Forces Destinations in U.S. South to Rethink Marketing

Many destinations in the South lean heavily on plantations to attract events and tour groups, but the tide is slowly turning. Many people would now rather pursue truth and reconciliation instead of romanticizing the places where slavery took place.

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Editor's Picks
A Bush Pilot Who Always Longs to Return to African Skies

Kirsty Henderson has arguably one of the coolest jobs in aviation: She's a bush pilot, ferrying passengers across scenic African landscapes like Botswana. What's more, she's helping show aviation as a viable career path for young women.

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What Luxury Travel Looks Like in 2020

Change is constant and continuous. That's why a listing of the new trends that will be impacting luxury travel during 2020 must, in addition to peering into the future, include a look back in time.

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The Best-Funded Travel Startups Through the End of 2019

The travel industry has at least 10 young private companies that have each raised more than $500 million so far while continuing to seek an exit for their investors. That's a remarkable boom in travel startups compared with a decade ago.

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