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Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It's Not Just About the Higher Baht

It's easy to blame the baht as the butt of the problem for a decline in European arrivals to Thailand. The issues, however, are wider and deeper than just currency appreciation.

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New Report: Puerto Rico Takes Its Place on the Tourism World Stage
Sponsored by Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Building a resilient destination requires having systems, organizations, and processes in place that are agile and proactive. This new report explores Puerto Rico's resilience as a destination and how it can be an even stronger destination in the future.

Expedia Tells Hotels Adding Resort Fees Will Lower Your Listings on Its Pages

Expedia Group's stance on resort fees could have been drafted by a United Nations diplomat. Expedia doesn't want to alienate hotels and seeks to pick up market share based on Booking Holdings' more forceful position. But it's hitting resort-fee-charging hotels right where it hurts — in the prominence of their listings.

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Wizz Air Thinks It Has a Simplicity Advantage Over Ryanair

Ryanair's decision to morph into a group airline has opened up plenty of opportunities, with the individual carriers able to operate differently. But is there a downside? For Wizz Air, it's all about keeping things simple.

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IHG Is Changing How It Distributes Its Hotel Rates to Boost Direct Bookings

IHG represents a broader industry trend in that it's getting tougher with online travel agencies and wholesalers in the West while becoming more experimental with online travel sellers in Asia, where it needs help to grow its sales. Its use of new technologies to try to keep its strategy coordinated and to boost revenue are eye-catching.

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Skift Short-Term Rental Summit 2019: Live Stream

The first annual Skift Short-Term Rental Summit sold out quickly. We can't accommodate additional guests at this time, but we don't want you to miss out. In response to the overwhelming number of requests for access, we are now offering a live stream of the event.

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In-Flight Events Are Starting to Slowly Lift Off

So far, these flying meetings are mostly exclusive, invite-only affairs, where sought-after execs network with one another while trapped on a plane.

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Skift Airline Weekly Podcast: Much Ado About Europe

In this week's edition of the Skift Airline Weekly Lounge podcast, Europe Editor Patrick Whyte shared his insights into the latest in European airline news. Whyte takes a look at why Air Europa's parent company, Globalia, would want to sell one of its largest business units to IAG, whether there is a future for vertically integrated travel companies, especially after behemoth Thomas Cook went bankrupt, and more.

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Editor's Picks
Cooler Temperatures Can Heighten Perception of Luxury

How consumers feel about luxury products may depend on how they feel. That is, whether they perceive something to be hot or cold.

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Oyo CEO Claims Backer SoftBank Isn’t Trying to Sway Its Hotel Strategy

WeWork's implosion is putting pressure on all of SoftBank's investments, Oyo included. If it's not changing course already, the budget hotel chain may soon have to decide whether, as CEO Ritesh Agarwal put it, to grow fast or grow right.

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Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

No pain, no gain, right? Expedia's Vrbo unit, which is almost an afterthought when it comes to discussions about Airbnb,, and Google, has been undergoing a difficult transition. In itself, changing the leadership isn't the answer, but along with other changes, perhaps it won't hurt.

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