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Did Singapore’s Changi Steal Qatar’s Airport Design?

Looks like Qatar Airways' CEO should have done his math first before accusing Singapore's Changi Airport of plagiarizing the design of the airport expansion of Hamad International.

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Short-Term Rental Summit
Aruba Is Building a Tourism Economy Centered on Sustainability
Sponsored by Aruba Tourism Authority

Many destinations have stepped up their environmental sustainability efforts in recent years. But the island nation of Aruba is going further than most, working to reduce plastic use, support local communities, and make tourism itself a more sustainable industry overall.

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Oyo Founder Describes U.S. Owner Concerns as ‘Teething Issues’

A deeper engagement with owners is definitely one of the key things Oyo needs to achieve to address some of its problems. CEO Ritesh Agarwal, who recently took a larger stake in the company, seems to be on the case.

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Poland Becomes First Country in 5 Years to Join U.S. Visa Waiver Program

The U.S. inbound travel market needs all the good news it can get at the moment — and Poland's official entry into the visa waiver program is just that.

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Airbnb Finally Embraces Verified Listings After Halloween Deaths

Airbnb has avoided these policies under the guise of being just a platform, much like the rest of the tech platform companies. We just hope at some point that tragedies are not the only way to propel change that lots of stakeholders have been asking for all along.

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Catch AirDNA CEO Scott Shatford at Skift Short-Term Rental Summit

Utilizing his years of experience as an Airbnb entrepreneur and a data analyst, Scott Shatford founded AirDNA in 2015 to provide hosts, property managers, and real estate investors with unprecedented insights into the short-term rental market. Hear from Shatford this December 5 in New York City for an unforgettable event!

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Why Wizz Air Has No Plans to Try Low-Cost, Long-Haul Anytime Soon

Wizz Air is probably right to steer clear of trying its hand at long-haul flights, at least for the moment. CEO József Váradi's assessment seems correct — the industry is still waiting for the right aircraft to come along.

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Case Studies in Wellness Tourism That Go Beyond the Spa: New Skift Research

Wellness tourism is here for the long term. Understanding what it is today can help stakeholders find their place in this booming sector.

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Airline Weekly Podcast: How Does IAG Benefit From Acquiring Air Europa?

In the latest edition of the Skift Airline Weekly Lounge podcast, International Airlines Group (IAG) had a surprise for the industry this week: It stated its intention to buy Spanish carrier Air Europa. Senior Analyst Jay Shabat walked us through the rationale for the acquisition, the regulatory issues that may lie ahead, and just why Madrid may not be the next European megahub.

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Editor's Picks
SoulCycle’s Move Into Retreats Will Test Loyalty of Its Spin Fanatics

Considering SoulCycle is a fitness company, it's not outlandish to think it would want to get into the wellness retreat business. Whether it will actually earn enough of a profit from the trips to make it worth its while is another story.

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Google’s Travel Gains Levy Pain at TripAdvisor and Expedia

The fact that Google is leveraging its dominance as a search engine into taking market share away from travel competitors is no longer even debatable. Expedia and TripAdvisor officials seem almost depressed about the whole thing and resigned to its impact. Is there any more room on the couch?

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United Airlines, Explained

United Airlines has been around a long time and has a huge globe-spanning presence. How did it get to where it is today? We try to wrap our heads around the company's somewhat complicated history.

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