New Booking Data Shows Lopsided Global Recovery Frustrating Travel Outfits

Raffles Hotel and Resorts opened its Raffles Bali property in July 2020, with 32 ocean view villas in Jimbaran. Accor Skift Take: You can’t really talk about a global recovery for the travel sector overall. Regions are out of sync, reveals new data from Travelport. Companies are affected differently, depending on their market exposure. — … [Read more…]

Expedia to Deliver Early Payday to Private Equity Investors

Expedia Group is looking to refinance $3.2 billion in private equity debt at a lower interest rate. Getty Images Skift Take: It’s no accident that Expedia Group disclosed improved booking trends on Monday, and then announced a senior notes offering to refinance the company’s private equity debt a day later. Hey, whether you are a … [Read more…]

What a New Surcharge From Singapore Airlines Could Mean for Other Carriers

Singapore Airlines is adding a $12 penalty for bookings made on global distribution systems from next year. Skift Skift Take: It used to be just the European carriers that made bold statements like this against legacy distribution giants. Not anymore. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Air France-KLM struck a private channel agreement with Amadeus in 2018. Airbus SAS Skift Take: The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won’t be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to … [Read more…]

India’s MakeMyTrip Pushes Out Expectations for Profits Even Further Because of Pandemic

The Jal Mahal Palace near Jaipur, which is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. Sayan Nath / Unsplash Skift Take: One wonders whether some travel companies like MakeMyTrip Group must rethink parts of their business during the pandemic. They may continue to struggle to pay out millions in refunds to customers due to … [Read more…]

US passport applications delayed

Not that traveling is convenient or recommended right now anyway, but if you’re in need of a passport, don’t expect to get one anytime soon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US State Department is warning applicants that they could experience extensive delays for new or renewed passports. According to the State Department, unless you … [Read more…]

Airports and Rail Operators Prioritize Some Touchless Technologies Over Others

Eurostar, a rail operator, will in 2021 roll out new facial recognition technology powered by the vendor iProov for passport control and ticket identification. IProov Skift Take: Vendors are getting creative with pandemic-related services, like the following: Passport control via facial recognition. Contactless elevators. Food-ordering without needing an app. Luggage disinfection via ultraviolet light. Mask-detecting … [Read more…]

OpenTable and Kayak Bring Back 10 Percent of Furloughed Employees

A file photo of the Roister Restaurant in Chicago. OpenTable and Kayak brought back in mid-June around 10 percent of the employees they furloughed nearly a couple of months earlier. Roister Restaurant Skift Take: If the dining and travel industries are looking for a bright spot during these dark days, then returning employees are a … [Read more…]

Despegar Salvages Its Acquisition of Mexican Travel Agency Best Day

Cityscape of Buenos Aires, Argentina. JumpStory Skift Take: Despegar, Latin America’s largest online travel company, will pay much, much less than its original $136 million proposed price to buy Mexican travel agency Best Day. Expect similar tough haggling over deal terms by travel companies across the globe. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On … [Read more…]