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Sandals Resorts Isn't Afraid of Marriott Entering the All-Inclusive Resort Sector

Even if Sandals Resorts isn't worried about major hotel brands like Marriott entering the all-inclusive space, more hospitality giants are likely to swoop in and start scouring the market for franchise deals. There is too much unbranded supply to ignore.

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Accor Doubles Down on the Leisure Segment With Its New 'Unveil the World' Global Campaign
Sponsored by Accor Group

With a big bet on pent-up demand and an expected increase in leisure travel, Accor is doubling down on holidaymakers this summer and beyond, with loyalty offerings leading the way.

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Startup Backed by Former Priceline and Booking CEO Strikes Deal to Boost Hotel Automation

Operto is merely one startup in a sea of hospitality tech vendors. But it stands out for having Darren Huston, the former top boss of the world's largest online travel conglomerate, as its executive chairperson and key investor.

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Travel Manager Jitters Over Wave of Corporate Agency Consolidation

This year started with a bang for mergers and acquisitions, so naturally there'll be questions about whether they end up stifling competition.

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Skift Pro Exclusive

What’s Going Wrong Between Tripadvisor and Trip.com Group?

Tripadvisor and Trip.com Group maintain that their strategic partnership is as strong as ever even though the Chinese company just sold 20 percent of the shares it owns in Tripadvisor and is likely to sell a lot more this year. Rhetoric aside, you can't spin away that fact.

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More Speakers Added to the Skift Hospitality & Marketing Summit Lineup

More incredible speakers have recently been added to the line-up for our first-ever Skift Hospitality & Marketing Summit on June 16. Check out the speaker list and secure your place amongst the industry's leading CEOs, founders, and innovators today.

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New Sobering UNWTO Data Suggests Full Tourism Recovery Won’t Arrive Until 2024

It's a stark update from the United Nations' tourism arm on the projected delayed return of international tourism — but it's also up to governments in wealthier nations to turn that tide and speed up recovery through global vaccine equity.

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What a Top Labor Leader for Travel Learned From the Pandemic

The pandemic has taken a toll on the frontline workers at the Transport Workers Union, but action and compassion go a long way. Industry employers need to take note and make adjustments as their frontline workers return.

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Editor's Picks
Enterprise Wants to Save Car Rentals Through Travel Tech

New acquisition Deem is well placed in the current climate, helping corporate travel agencies develop booking tools to navigate complex Covid-era trips. But can it keep up with demand?

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Why Every Airline Should Worry About the Political Hijacking of Commercial Flight

The diversion of a Ryanair flight to Belarus a week ago to detain an outspoken critic and journalist shows us that air traffic control may be increasingly vulnerable to the politics of autocracies. That should send a chill through airline C-suites with the industry needing as few disruptions as possible to chart its recovery.

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Pace of U.S. Hotel Development Is Being Threatened by Global Shipping Bottlenecks

The surprising rise in consumer spending during the pandemic spurred a competition for goods and shipping containers among all industries. That's a long-term problem for hotels, especially with an expected increase in renovations around the corner that will require even more deliveries from overseas.

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