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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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Can Tripadvisor’s Grand Strategy Experiment Set It Apart?

Skift Take: Give Tripadvisor credit for its attempts mid-pandemic to diversify its various revenue streams at a time when Google is rising. But the latest push to get price-conscious travelers to book their entire trips on Tripadvisor will be a tough sell. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Promoting U.S. Tourism Outside the Country Through a Virtual Trade Show

Chef Nick Wallace of Wallace Culinary is a resource for local farmers, regional chefs, restauranteurs, and families that are as passionate about cooking food that is close to home. Brand USA joined Airbnb to offer an online experience where people can meet Chef Nick. Brand USA Skift Take: The pandemic has created an opportunity for […]

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Expedia Group Goes Deeper on Job Cuts

Expedia Travel Partners Group President Cyril Ranque at the company’s partner conference in 2019. The group will be subject to additional layoffs. Skift Take: These layoffs at Expedia Group aren’t particularly surprising, and were in the offing when travel demand plateaued in many countries starting in July and August. You can expect that Expedia will […]

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Online Travel’s Traveloka Sees Signs for Hope in Southeast Asia Recovery

A pool at the Ritz Carlton Langkawi on Langkawi in Malaysia. It’s set within a 10-million-year-old rainforest on the edge of the Andaman Sea. Ritz Carlton Skift Take: Traveloka says that transactions are back to pre-crisis levels in Thailand and Vietnam, two of its key markets. The resumption of domestic tourism is a hopeful sign […]

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Apple and Snap Offer Augmented Reality That Paints a Vision for Travel’s Virtual Future

A user of Snap’s new technology at London’s Carnaby Street. It’s a proof of concept for travelers using augmented reality routinely. Snapchat and Apple are rolling out hardware and software that improves the usefulness of augmented reality in travel, including for cheap advertising. Snap Skift Take: Augmented reality will remain a seldom-used novelty for at […]

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Why Every Tech Investor on the Planet Wants to Invest in Virtual Events

Artists perform in front of screens showing audience via the Zoom application during the first six-hour online music festival at a studio in Bangkok, Thailand. Skift Skift Take: Welcome to 0.1 version of the gold rush in the events sector, with dream specs for every tech investor on the planet. — Julius Solaris Read the […]

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Getaround Raises $140 Million for Car Sharing: Travel Startup Funding This Week

A Tesla Model 3 available for car sharing. Getaround Skift Take: Travel startups announced more than $193 million in venture equity funding this week. It’s reassuring to see funding rounds continue this many months into the pandemic, defying predictions of a dry spell. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Hotel Revenue: A Recovery Guide for Travel Agencies

Skift Take: Our new eBook, Hotel Revenue: A Recovery Guide For Travel Agencies, encourages travel agencies to pivot their value proposition, and hone in on hotel sales as they chart the path to post-Covid recovery. — Travelport Read the Complete Story On Skift

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GetYourGuide Lays Off Staff as the Experiences Sector Faces Uncertainty

A Marrakech quad bike experience. Activities like this one can be booked via GetYourGuide. GetYourGuide Skift Take: Ugh. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift