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InterContinental Hotels Group has joined TripAdvisor Instant Booking. Pictured, a woman uses her phone at the InterContinental San Juan in Puerto Rico. InterContinental HotelsSkift Take: TripAdvisor is getting more sophisticated about prodding customers to book hotels on TripAdvisor or to more effectively refer them to partner sites. In an apparently modified strategy, TripAdvisor is finding religion in being agnostic about where its users book hotels. — Dennis SchaalIs TripAdvisor, with its ...
Shown is the Tornado slide at Six Flags America's Hurricane Harbor Water Park in Maryland. Six Flags Entertainment wants to acquire more water parks near existing theme parks. Scott Ableman / FlickrSkift Take: Six Flags Entertainment is continuing to look for ways to bring visitors to its parks without shelling out a ton of money on expensive new construction. We'll be interested to see how many existing water parks the company can bring into the fold — and how crowds will respond. — H...
President Donald Trump speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance ceremony. Trump plans to review national monument designations this week. Carolyn Kaster / Associated PressSkift Take: National parks and monuments are excellent tourism drivers in the American West. Exposing them to development not only hurts leisure visitation and preservation efforts, but repels meetings and conventions as we...
Ride-hailing company Gett, whose app is pictured here, is buying rival Juno to put up a stronger fight against Uber. SkiftSkift Take: Rivals are joining forces as Uber continues to face bad press. Is the ride-hailing giant getting nervous yet? — Hannah SampsonTwo small ride-hailing companies are combining in an effort to slow the march of Uber Technologies Inc. around the globe. Tel Aviv-based Gett Inc. said it’s paying $200 million to acquire Juno, a New York startup that endeared itself t...
An Alitalia plane waits on the tarmac of the Malpensa international airport, in Milan, Italy. Antonio Calanni / Associated PressSkift Take: We hate to say it, but the financially troubled flagship airline needs to be sold or allowed to fail. It has been given plenty of chances since 2008, and now its labor unions have rejected a government-brokered deal for about $2 billion in fresh investment from Etihad. — Sean O'NeillItaly’s economic development minister says that failin...
The house on SW Fourth Ave. which a tenant was leasing and running as a hostel on Airbnb. Neighbors complained, Airbnb pulled the property from its website, the tenant was evicted and the property owner was slapped with a $63,000 tax fraud bill. Al Diaz / Miami Herald via Associated PressSkift Take: This is exactly why it's so difficult to enact regulations on short-term rentals that essentially, well, keep everyone happy. — Deanna TingJose Gonzalez was walking his two sons to his car...
Travelers' voices cannot be ignored, said Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson this week. Pictured is Sorenson speaking at the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok on April 26. World Travel & Tourism Council / FlickrSkift Take: Skift Take: For an industry that's historically averse to conflict, Sorenson's advice may be hard to put into action. But the industry will be complacent at its own peril. — Dan PeltierMarriott International CEO Arne Sorenson hasn’t he...
Skift Take: Finding the best speakers for a meeting or event involves much more than asking whether they’ll be entertaining or not. What really matters most is whether they’re interactive, sensitive, and most of all, relevant. — Deanna TingThe Skift Meetings Innovation Report is a weekly newsletter defining the future of business events by deciphering disruptive strategies that improve engagement and knowledge sharing. Our weekly updates highlight the best reporting on Skift, as well a...
The audience at C2 Montreal. the best speakers today are those who know how to engage with their audiences, and balance cultural sensitivity with interactivity. Arianne Bergeron / C2 MontrealSkift Take: This is not your grandfather's keynote. Choosing the right speaker to engage an audience is more complex than ever before. And that's a good thing. — Deanna TingThe days of booking a famous name to deliver a canned speech full of platitudes to a conference or meeting are long gone ...
People visit the Egypt stand during the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, April 24, 2017. Kamran Jebreili / Associated PressSkift Take: Problem is, nobody trusts Egyptian officials. And when it comes to the country's tourism industry trusting their motives is even more difficult. — Jason ClampetEgypt’s tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were and, despite security concerns, Egypt’s tourism minister on Monday insis...
Skift Take: Travel providers looking to target Chinese travelers need to pay attention to what they want out of a booking experience. — Jeremy VargasTravel providers have been clamoring for a piece of the surge in Chinese travel that’s taken place in recent years—and there’s good reason why. China’s travel market is soon set to become the world’s largest source of international travelers. By 2020, close to 190 million people will partake in outbound travel from China, projected to sp...
Asia-Pacific benefits most from Chinese tourism. Pictured are Chinese tourists waiting to board a sightseeing boat at a pier at Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Athit Perawongmetha / ReutersSkift Take: China's neighbors stand to benefit most from hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists. But as the past few months have shown, Chinese demand can shift rapidly and drastically impact local tourism economies in the process. — Dan PeltierThe Asia-Pacific region claims 90 percent of the...
From left: Cocktail master Derek Brown, Megan Nadolski, Marriott's Global Design Manager, and Marc Graser, Editorial Director, Marriott Global Creative + Content Marketing, recording the first episode of the Behind the Design podcast for Marriott Traveler. More hotels are now looking into launching podcasts to engage and connect with potential guests. Marriott International Skift Take: That podcasts are popular is undeniable. But will these hotel-produced and curated podcast playlists actually ...
An Allegiant Air jet on the ground in Ogden, Utah. Allegiant may enter the hotel business, according to one investment analyst. Jim Urquhart / ReutersSkift Take: Most airlines prefer to focus on their core business — transporting passengers. But Allegiant executives have always thought outside-the-box, and historically that has been good for investors. Perhaps the airline is considering a new way to increase revenues? — Brian SumersIs Allegiant Air planning to enter the hotel business? Tha...
A JetBlue Airways A320 on the ground in Atlanta. JetBlue is making some tweaks to its fleet plan. JetBlue AirwaysSkift Take: New JetBlue CFO Steve Priest has been leaving his mark on the airline in only a few months on the job. Expect him to make many more important decisions in the near future. The biggest? He'll have a big say in whether the airline flies to Europe. — Brian SumersWith engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney struggling with reliability on its new geared turbofan engine,...
Momondo Group is known for its marketing and brand-building. This photo of Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac in Valencia, Spain was submitted as part of Momondo's Welcome to My World photo contest. Momondo GroupSkift Take: The Momondo Group knows it has to spend big to catch up with the competition. Its growth caught the attention of the Priceline Group, which will be hoping the acquisition, if approved by regulators, will help boost its European metasearch operation. — Patrick WhyteEuropean met...
Italy's flag carrier has seen its passenger tally drop to 22 million, from 30 million a decade earlier. AlitaliaSkift Take: When Alitalia last filed for bankruptcy protection in 2008, it defied predictions that it would shrink, break up, and be sold as a whole or in parts. This year, it is less likely to escape a cruel fate. — Sean O'NeillAlitalia SpA said it exhausted all options after workers voted against job cuts aimed at salvaging the cash-strapped Italian airline, pushing it toward admi...
This May 6, 2014, photo shows a sign outside Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Fiat Chrysler and Google said Tuesday, April 25, 2017, for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership. Carlos Osorio / Associated PressSkift Take: Waymo and Fiat Chrysler are getting to the fun part of the whole self-driving car enterprise -- letting regular people take the cars out for a spin. Oh w...
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and Chairman of The Emirates Group talks with the journalists during the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates April 25, 2017. Kamran Jebreili / Associated PressSkift Take: The CEOs of Emirates and Qatar airlines are suddenly being very diplomatic in their assessments of the U.S. laptop ban that's impacting their airlines to some degree. In this protectionist climate these days,...
Skift Take: Advances in cross-device marketing orchestration are shifting how brands engage consumers on a more personalized basis across their entire customer journey by delivering the right content in the right channel at the right time. — Jeremy VargasAs defined by Forrester: “Marketing orchestration is an approach to marketing that focuses not on delivering standalone campaigns, but instead on optimizing a set of related cross-channel interactions that, when added together, make up an in...