Travelport Seeks Sharper Distribution Edge Despite Pandemic’s Hit to Revenue

Southwest Airlines operations during the coronavirus outbreak in April 2020. Southwest added participation in Travelport’s reservation systems this year. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines Skift Take: Travelport’s response to the pandemic shows that purpose can defy skeptics. But uncertainty around the fate of its eNett sale may last for months. — Sean O’Neill Read … [Read more…]

International student ban lawsuit

After the Trump administration passed a new directive threatening to expel international students from the country if their universities don’t offer in-person classes, tech firms, businesses, and universities are banning together to fight the measure. Harvard and MIT have already sued the administration over the new policy, and now they’re being joined by Facebook, the … [Read more…]

Destinations accepting US tourists

Figuring out this summer’s travel restrictions feels like navigating a labyrinth with no ball of thread. At best, it’s maddening. At worst, it’s simply impossible. The public health situation of every country is fluid, meaning concrete reopening dates are as elusive as airline tickets with no cancellation fees. This is incredibly frustrating for those eager … [Read more…]

Facebook Users Still Dream of Getaways: Here’s the List of Travel’s Most Popular Videos in June

An image from a trip to Norway on February 6, 2017. Travel brands’ Facebook videos are heavily weighted toward alluring destinations. Tony Armstrong-Sly / Flickr.com Skift Take: With travel to foreign countries still a tepid in many parts of the world, Facebook users are dreaming about vacations. Travel brands, particularly tourism boards and airlines, are … [Read more…]

Zolo Raises $56 Million for Co-Living: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Co-living means living with a lot of color, at least in India. Here’s an example of extended-stay lodging from Zolo, a startup based in Gurgaon, India. Zolo Skift Take: Dorms for grown-ups. No-questions-asked travel insurance. Basecamp for “team travel.” FareHarbor for ferries. Games for destinations. And more … — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story … [Read more…]

Garden gnome colonies in the world

For an inanimate bunch, garden gnomes have a tendency to travel. Entire colonies have cropped up in the wild, far from the front lawns they were made to decorate, appearing everywhere from the Australian outback to the woodlands of the Pacific Northwest. Liberation fronts, the most notorious of which operates in France, are behind some … [Read more…]

Accor Still Keen to Find Investors for Its Software Business Despite Pandemic Fallout

Mövenpick Cebu, a beachfront hotel on Mactan Island, in Cebu, Philippines, is affiliated with the Accor Hotels Group, which also offers D-Edge tech services to hotels. Accor wants a financial partner for D-Edge, its hotel tech services brand, which wants to expand its offerings to more than 11,500 hotels worldwide. Accor Skift Take: D-Edge needs … [Read more…]