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Oyo’s Widening Losses and Other Financial Takeaways From Its Latest Filing

Oyo has disclosed a surge in losses in documents related to its $1.5 billion in new funding. The hospitality company claims it will turn profitable three years from now, yet Skift Research dug beneath the headlines to deliver analysis substantiated by Oyo's latest income statements.

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Skift 2020 Megatrends Launch Event in Abu Dhabi

To celebrate the launch of our Megatrends Defining Travel report, we'll be hosting an intimate and highly engaging event in Abu Dhabi on December 15. It will feature Skift editors presenting our top 2020 trends, followed by a live Q&A session and a reception with plenty of networking opportunities. Spaces are limited so get your tickets today!

Syria’s Tourism Industry Shows Signs of Life — But the Comeback Is Controversial

Is visiting a country an implicit endorsement of its leadership? Or can intrepid travelers frame it simply as a gesture of connection with its people? The situation in Syria raises these questions and more.

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Marriott’s Mission: Make W Hotels Cool Again

W Hotels were once the hottest hangouts in town but two decades after its creation, it has been overshadowed by its younger competitors. Marriott inherited the W Hotel brand when it bought Starwood in 2016. Now it's up to Marriott to make the W brand shine again.

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Sabre Stops Selling Most Finnair Tickets in Contract Spat

It's rare for airline contract disputes with distribution companies to reach this outcome. Finnair will suffer financially until it cuts a deal. Sabre, for its part, risks embarrassment if it's seen as bullying a midsize carrier. Nobody usually ends up winning in these classic games of chicken.

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Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

While every destination tries to offer authenticity, few really deliver. But in Italy, scores of local passion projects are serving up the real deal — while helping rural areas make a comeback in a sustainable way.

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Editor's Picks
Selina Hotels Step Up Against WeWork in Latin America

WeWork's co-working model may be fledgling, but hotels are putting a twist on the concept to connect locals and digital nomads.

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Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry

If leaders continue to look at African conservation as a charitable cause, it is doomed. As a growth industry — yes, an industry — that creates jobs and economic mobility, there is still hope for a sustainable future driven by the very young population on the continent.

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Hotels Experiment With Reducing Food Waste: Will All-You-Can-Eat Buffets Be History?

Hotels are known for wanting to please their guests, and feeding them is one way of doing it. But food waste is helping to deteriorate the environment. Hotels are making an effort to cut down on it. So they are earning praise for trying, but they have a long way to go.

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