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Top Stories Restructuring Will Pare Its Workforce By Up to 25 Percent

Despite the deep job cuts, the proprietary Skift Health Score calculates that Booking Holdings has far greater long-term strength than rivals Expedia Group and Group. If you follow's logic, the future of travel will be substantially smaller than its past.

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Skift Global Forum 2020: More Speakers Announced

Our 2020 Skift Global Forum online event will be jam-packed with travel's leading CEOs, founders, and innovators. Check out the growing speaker lineup and register today to hear their thoughts on the future as travel works to rebound from its greatest crisis.

Struggling Tourist Destinations Pitch Themselves to New Digital Nomads as Remote Work Locales

The pandemic may accelerate the existing trend of digital nomads in an unexpected way — and some destinations are taking notice at a time when leisure travel is decimated.

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Thailand’s 60th Tourism Anniversary Turns to Nightmare as Longstanding Travel Agencies Start Closing

Five months without revenue would challenge even the best operations. As travel agencies start closing down in Thailand, calls for clarity on reopening become more desperate.

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Expedia and Airbnb Bosses Have Conflicting Visions About the Future of Travel

Sometimes CEO views of where online travel is headed seem more about the capabilities of their companies than anything else. Will pandemic-induced travel preferences make for dominant trends five or 10 years from now? Highly doubtful.

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Corporate Travel Giant CWT Paid $4.5 Million in Ransom to Cyber Hackers: Reports

Data breaches often go undetected for months or even years, so is this latest attack a new tactic the travel industry needs to prepare against?

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Has the Pandemic Killed the Freebie Trip for Travel Influencers?

The comped influencer trip has long been a divisive idea in the travel industry, but in the context of the pandemic, some are asking if it should exist at all.

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Don't Miss Mondays Live With Skift Airline Weekly

Join Airline Weekly Senior Analyst Jay Shabat and Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan for a livestream on the second quarter European airline results. What does the fall look like in Europe and on the transatlantic? Make time at 12 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 10.

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New Etihad Airways Wellness Ambassador Assigned to Make You Feel Safer in the Skies

Etihad has created a new onboard role to help travelers feel more comfortable — and safe — during this challenging time.

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Keep Your Aid, President Trump: We Won’t Lose Any Airlines

President Trump signaled his support for more government aid to the airlines, saying "We don't want to lose our airlines." But the reality is although airlines undoubtedly will have to lay off employees, no one really thinks a major U.S. carrier will file for bankruptcy.

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Lobbying for Business Travelers in D.C. Takes on New Challenges These Days

The Global Business Travel Association's latest lobbying round involves a lot of practical measures, but time is running out.

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