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Instagram and Google Maps Contribute to Hawaii Tourists Behaving Badly

Hawaii, with its isolated location, fragile ecosystem, and deep-rooted local culture, faces even more problems with overtourism than most popular destinations do. Tourism marketers are looking at ways to manage the situation, but it's a huge challenge.

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New Insights Deck: Decoding Intelligent Sales — The Key to Winning Group Business in 2020
Sponsored by Cvent

Group business is crucial to a hotel's revenue strategy. But growing group business is challenging and complex. In this insights deck, we examine how an intelligent sales strategy can help hotels make the most of the growth opportunities and win more meetings business in 2020.

Oyo Axes Staff and Pares Back Ambitions: Where Does It Go From Here?

Those unbelievable expansion numbers that Ritesh Agarwal used to rattle off? We won't be hearing them again in 2020. The Oyo founder is forced to think of business sustainability. Let's see if he's adept at it.

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Hipmunk Co-Founders Spurned by SAP Concur in Attempt to Buy Back the Company

It isn't very unusual for a company like Hipmunk to get acquired and then to fade into oblivion in the clutches of a much larger corporation. That's the way it goes in the heartless mergers-and-acquisitions game.

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Hilton Launches New Brand Tempo Into a Crowded Lifestyle Space

Hilton has introduced its 18th brand. Tempo by Hilton is meant to be an affordable lifestyle brand for the modern traveler. But with so many lifestyle brands already out there, how will Tempo be able to stand out?

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Early-Bird Tickets Available for Skift Forum Europe

We're excited to announce that we're bringing Skift Forum Europe to Madrid for the first time! Join us on March 24–25 for the top event in the region focused on examining Europe as a bellwether for many of the leading trends in global travel. Reserve your ticket today with our limited-time early-bird offer!

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How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

Much is at stake for global distribution systems and travel agencies as struggling Air India uses airline distribution as a means to stay afloat. The real winners and losers in this battle are still up in the air, with Amadeus back in the game after pulling out over a year ago.

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Airline Weekly Podcast: Looking Into Our Crystal Ball

A single year can result in dramatic change within the airline industry, so an entire decade could see it completely transformed. After 10 years of strong profits and stable oil prices, what lies ahead in the new decade? In the latest edition of the Skift Airline Weekly Lounge podcast, Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and co-founder and Senior Analyst Jay Shabat game out what might happen.

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Editor's Picks
A Wish List for Hospitality and Travel in 2020

In 2020, the stakes for innovation and being customer-centric are higher than ever. Here are some gaps, opportunities, and much-needed prescriptions to improve travel and hospitality.

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A New Normal Emerges for Tourism Promotion in the Age of Climate Change

As extreme weather events disrupting tourism become more and more common, the way destinations respond feels less and less appropriate. A new normal is emerging — and it's going to be tough.

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MGM Resorts Enters Deal With Private Equity Giant Blackstone Over Las Vegas Properties

MGM Resorts has agreed to sell two of its most notable Las Vegas properties, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay, to a joint venture including real estate giant Blackstone. The company is going asset-light following its sale of the Bellagio last year.

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