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U.S. Travel Arrangement and Reservation Sector to Top $57 Billion in 2020: Skift Research Forecast

The travel arrangement and reservation services sector has experienced strong growth for the past few years and outperformed other major travel verticals. We believe this trend will continue in the next few years, aided by more digital transformation.

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More Speakers Announced for Skift Forum Europe!

More incredible speakers have been recently added to our lineup for Skift Forum Europe, and we just published a first look at our schedule. Check out the list and secure your place among the industry's leading CEOs, founders, and innovators today!

Singapore Slashes Visitor Arrival Estimates by a Third for 2020 as Coronavirus Tests Its Mettle

The growing number of coronavirus cases in Singapore has heightened worries about human-to-human transmission among travelers, but the government's swift and clear response so far shows its ability to manage a crisis.

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Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

The straight talk from Diller and Kern will likely delight Wall Street and rankle former management and current employees. Employees will have to buy into the new vision if there's any hope it will become reality.

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Hilton CEO Says Business Could Be Impacted for Up to a Year From Coronavirus

Hilton and many other major hotel companies have had to close hundreds of hotels in China in response to the coronavirus. The outbreak could have long-lasting effects on the hotel industry, which has already been grappling with a slowing global economy and other geopolitical issues.

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Alaska Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance: What That Means for Flights Out of Seattle

Alaska Airlines startled the airline world by announcing it will enter the Oneworld global alliance. It also plans to coordinate more deeply with American, especially after American launches London and Bangalore flights from Seattle. But will the two be able to compete with powerhouse Delta, which also flies internationally from Seattle?

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Travel Megatrends 2020: Gen Z Asserts Itself as Travel’s Next Big Opportunity

The millennial generation has been at the forefront of the collective mind of the travel industry for years. But starting in 2020, Generation Z will begin entering adulthood. The travel industry would be wise to shift some focus here if it wants to stay ahead of the game.

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Airline Weekly Podcast: The Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Lawsuit

In the latest episode of the Skift Airline Weekly Lounge podcast, a federal court is wading into the arcana of distribution. It's assessing whether there are antitrust issues with travel tech company Sabre's proposed acquisition of Farelogix. Senior Travel Tech Editor Sean O'Neill provides an explainer on what Sabre and Farelogix do and why the government has concerns.

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Editor's Picks
Mobile World Congress Cancellation Over Coronavirus Is Foreboding Sign for Events

The cancellation of a major event outside of China is a serious warning for meeting planners to take action to preempt concerns over the coronavirus.

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Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links

Google has argued for years that its boxed-up and featured hotel, flight, and restaurant results are highlighted because they provide users with the "best answers." But in Europe, regulators may have pushed Google to acquiesce, offering its competitors some air time in its featured results by testing direct links.

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What Will Be the Blowback From China to Countries That Banned Its Travelers During Virus Outbreak?

Trip.com Group's James Liang warned that countries that impose blanket bans on Chinese travelers will see a China tit-for-tat later. It may not happen, but here are some of the ways it could.

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