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China’s Trip.com Group Has ‘Less Worse’ Second Quarter Than Booking and Expedia

The exterior of a Wangfujing Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing. Trip.com Group said the high-end hotel sector is propelling its financial results. Mandarin Oriental Skift Take: In some respects, travel companies are prisoners of their geographic strengths and weaknesses in the Covid-19 era. Operational considerations aside, it sure didn’t hurt Trip.com Group to be based […]

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China commits to carbon neutrality

One of the only ways to curb the climate crisis is for countries to make a concerted effort to reduce their emissions. China is setting a lofty goal for itself, committing to becoming carbon neutral before 2060. This announcement, made to the United Nations general assembly, gives the UN a nudge in the right direction […]

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What Trump’s WeChat Ban May Mean for the Travel Sector

An image of a WeChat app user. Many U.S. based travel companies are reviewing an executive order from President Trump that bans WeChat, a superapp owned by tech giant Tencent. Tencent Skift Take: Trump’s ban on the Chinese superapp WeChat may turn out to be a mere annoyance for many Chinese travelers. But it could […]

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Arrests in Hong Kong

After China voted to pass its National Security Law on Tuesday, the first arrests have been made in Hong Kong for “unauthorized assemblies” and actions that “undermine national unification.” On Wednesday, thousands gathered for the annual pro-democracy rally marking the end of British rule — the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s independence from Britain. Demonstrators […]

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Trip.com Group Highlights Signs of a China Travel Rebound Despite a Sobering Outlook

Tourists pose for a photo inside the Shanghai Disneyland theme park in east China’s Shanghai, May 11, 2020. China’s domestic short-haul travel is recovering. Ren Long / Alamy Live News Skift Take: China had a head start on both the pandemic and the travel recovery. Trip.com Group’s international business is languishing because of factors beyond […]

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What’s Next for Trip.com Group as Coronavirus Crisis Subsides in China?

Trip.com CEO Jane Sun is seeing signs of recovery in China’s domestic travel market as the coronavirus crisis subsides in the country. Trip.com Skift Take: For Trip.com Group’s top leader, the message is clear. Countries around the world should not squander any chances to control the virus, and neither should the travel industry let a […]

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Travelsky Puts On a Brave Face as Chinese Flight Demand Slowly Rebounds

A China Southern aircraft. All Chinese airlines use travel technology firm TravelSky’s systems to manage their domestic businesses. China Southern Skift Take: Travelsky, China’s travel technology giant, said it will weather the coronavirus-related plunge in air travel without needing to lay off workers. Remarkably, in January it added a tool to its popular flight app […]

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Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Travelzoo’s Toronto office. Travelzoo Skift Take: Businesses in the times of coronavirus are damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Travelzoo’s decision to exit Asia-Pacific when signs of recovery are being spotted in China is a good example of that. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Trump Administration Orders Shiji to Sell Hotel Tech Firm StayNTouch

Kevin King, chief operating officer of Shiji Group (left) spoke to Skift Senior Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill at Skift Tech Forum June 2019 in San Francisco. The Trump Administration on Friday demanded that Beijing-based Shiji unwind its acquisition of StayNTouch, the hotel property management system. Skift Skift Take: This is a highly unusual action. […]

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Booking Holdings Sees Brand Collaborations as Key to Restoring Growth on Steroids

Booking Holdings believes it can gain a more complete view of travelers at the airport or in their destinations to boost the number of repeat customers. Medjet Skift Take: The road back to a flywheel of growth would be a lengthy one for Booking Holdings. Google has a ton of data, too, as do other […]