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Expect Hotels to Mimic the Airline Payments Playbook as They Fight to Get Paid by Agencies

Hotel Zena, a new property from Viceroy Hotel and Resorts in Washington, D.C. Viceroy Hotel and Resorts Skift Take: Many guests pay travel agencies in advance for hotel bookings. But some agencies hold the money until weeks after a guest has checked out. Many hoteliers want to get the payments sooner. They could learn a […]

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Payments Firm for Airport Luxury Goods Shops Could Sell for $2.6 Billion

Woman with face mask shopping. Private equity firm Silver Lake disclosed concessions it offered to push through the $2.6 billion sale of its Swiss payments company Global Blue. Adobe Skift Take: Global Blue helps luxury goods shops at airports process purchases by international travelers. Private equity firm Silver Lake’s attempted sale of it looks likely […]

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The Travel Sector Is Retooling Back-Office Payments in Response to the Crisis

Apple Pay is one of the newer forms of payment that travel companies need to accommodate. The travel sector’s slo-mo refund process during the pandemic has upended the dull business of how money is sent and received. Apple Skift Take: The travel sector’s slo-mo refund process has infuriated everyone. So the crisis is upending the […]

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Wex Buys Enett From Travelport for $1.7 Billion in a Travel Payments Mashup

A shot of Melissa Smith, Chair and CEO of payments company Wex, while speaking during a Ted Talk. Smith led the acquisition of eNett, a travel sector payments company. Wex Skift Take: With this deal, Wex now becomes a powerhouse in assisting business-to-business travel payments worldwide. The deal also gives cash to seller Travelport, which […]

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Go-Jek Gets Investment From Visa to Expand Digital Payments in Southeast Asia

Go-Jek drivers in Jakarta Dimas Ardian / Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s no secret that Go-Jek is keen to be Southeast Asia’s answer to China’s WeChat. Its move to expand digital payments will be a key step to gain dominance in the region. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Facebook’s New Libra Cryptocurrency Could Solve Travel Payments Dilemma

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is behind the planned launch of a new digital currency, Libra. Lionel Laurent / Bloomberg Skift Take: Cryptocurrency is only in its early days, but already it’s easy to see how its mission to democratize the financial system might be co-opted. And do currency reformers really need Facebook, with […]

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Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

An image of a dish at a restaurant in Japan. The country’s restaurants and operators of activities and attractions are increasingly accepting the QR-code-based digital payment methods favored by Chinese tourists. Japan National Tourism Organization Skift Take: Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how […]

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$34 Billion Purchase of Worldpay May Shake Up Travel Payments

An image of a point-of-sale device powered by Worldpay, a payments technology company that has been bought by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) will buy Worldpay in a $34 billion deal that will be one of the largest transactions yet in the fast-consolidating payments sector. Bloomberg Skift Take: Worldpay is of the biggest players in […]