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Hospitality Startup Selina Follows Hipsters to New York City’s Hotspots for U.S. Debut

Granada, Nicaragua. Selina, the hospitality startup, has revealed details on its first New York properties, three of which it plans to have open by August 2019. Selina Skift Take: “Everything is converging in hospitality,” according to one Skift 2019 Megatrend. Selina embodies this Megatrend perfectly in how it pushes the bounds of co-living and co-working. […]

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How TUI and Rezdy Fit Into Ctrip’s Growth Strategy Outside China

Chinese tourists traveling farther afield. Clem Onojeghuo / Clem Onojeghuo, Unsplash Skift Take: China slowdown? Meituan rivalry? Naaah, Ctrip had a fab 2018. Domestic travel remains strong, but it is international travel growth that’s exciting. Now we know what drives its latest partnerships with TUI’s Musement and Rezdy. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story […]

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Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

An agent checks in a customer at a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based travel agency branded Al Tayyar Travel. The company has been focusing on finding new revenue and profit streams, and it may sell a business unit to Uber, Bloomberg reports. Al Tayyar Travel Group Skift Take: One of the kingdom’s largest travel companies, Al […]

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AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

AirAsia aircraft stand next to boarding gates at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia. The top Asian budget carrier said Monday it has launched a venture capital fund in partnership with 500 Startups, a San Francisco-based accelerator and investor. Charles Pertwee / Bloomberg Skift Take: As an airline, AirAsia has led its peers […]

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Hotels Tap New Tech to Clamp Down on Rogue Rates

Shown here is a person checking in at Park Hyatt Guangzhou. Sites like Google are directing consumers to online travel agencies that sometimes undercut hotels on rates that are out of contract. Hotel chains like Hyatt are hiring startups to help them track down these rogue rates. Fornova, one of those startups, has acquired another […]

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Why Does Traveloka Want to Venture Into Competitive Australia?

Australians love just Bali. Flickr Skift Take: Traveloka is going after a slice of the Australian online travel market. That’s brave. Even though the market is robust, the space is highly competitive and while Indonesia is popular among Australians, travelers still mainly prefer Bali, which is like their backyard. So what has Traveloka to offer? […]