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Shifting Google Dance Partners and 9 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Google announced it would be offering vacation rentals in a blog post on March 26, 2019. Google Skift Take: In coronavirus-related travel stories this week, Skift looked at the shifting lineup in Google vacation rentals, Airbnb’s ambitions, what a prospective merger between IHG and Accor might look like, and how Croatia’s tourism experiment is working […]

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Hotelogix Merges With 2 Hotel Tech Firms to Lead Rollup in India

The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur. India based companies focusing on hotel tech, Hotelogix, AxisRooms, and RepUp, have merged. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts Skift Take: The merger of Hotelogix, a property management system, with AxisRooms, a provider of revenue management and distribution services, and RepUp, an online reputation management tool, is probably one of many mergers […]

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Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

A hotel sign as seen on August 29, 2008. Kayak CEO Steve Hafner spoke to Skift on July 20, 2020 about the metasearch site getting into the hotel business. John Stavely / Flickr.com Skift Take: It’s tough to say in what form Kayak would enter the hotel business, if it does. If there ever were […]

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A Pandemic Tip for Hotel Brands: Treat Your Workers the Way You Treat Guests

Treating your frontline workers in a way that instills pride is more important than ever now. Davit85 / Adobe Skift Take: If your consumer-facing experience is cutting edge Mac, but your back end is a dusty PC, you have a problem. Now more than ever as workers return to the job, hospitality brands need to […]

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Travel Companies Are Hiring Despite Epic Job Losses

Some luxury hotels in Chicago were working in February 2020 with Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that helps refugees find jobs. Despite massive travel industry job losses around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, some travel companies are indeed hiring. Adobe Stock Image Skift Take: Amidst the carnage, there are job openings in the travel […]

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What Legacy Travel Companies Could Learn From Oracle Hospitality’s Weeklong Tech Push

A view of a guest room at the Arlo NoMad in New York City. Arlo is uses Oracle’s property management system with an integration by a tech vendor called Zaplox. Oracle Hospitality ran an innovation week in which it helped hoteliers and tech vendors integrate with its property management system. Arlo Hotels Skift Take: A […]

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Pandemic Prompts Indie Hotels to Buy Ads in Price-Comparison Searches

Hotel H20, a property that’s part of Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines. Hotel H20 Skift Take: New tools from Google Hotel Ads, Cendyn, DerbySoft, Triptease, SiteMinder, and others are making it easier for smaller hotel companies to woo travelers from metasearch brands. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Hotels-Backed Online Search Platform Roomkey Suspends Operations

Roomkey.com, founded by six of the world’s largest hotel companies, suspended its hotel search functions Monday, June 8. Adobe Skift Take: Roomkey.com’s demise (temporary or not) shouldn’t be seen as a sign hotel companies can’t compete with OTAs. But if revived, the brand will likely need a more in-your-face approach than pop-under ads to drive […]

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Expedia Versus Airbnb’s Industry Recovery Plans and 10 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

A Chinese traveler at an airport May 27, 2020. Expedia Group launch a recovery plan to stimulate travel demand. Adobe Skift Take: In our coronavirus-related stories this week, Skift covered Expedia Group’s industry recovery plan, the United Airlines CEO’s hopes to avoid bankruptcy, hotel rate negotiations with corporate travel agencies, and what 100,000 coronavirus deaths […]

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The Travel Industry Refunds Conundrum: Survival Versus Doing the Right Thing

A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, March 11, 2020. Bernat Armangue / Associated Press Skift Take: If you ordered a book and it never arrived, you’d expect a refund. Simple. But if you booked a hotel and couldn’t get there because of lockdowns, you’d […]