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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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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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IHG Is Changing How It Distributes Its Hotel Rates to Boost Direct Bookings

In October 2019, IHG-owned brand Kimpton said it would launch a Stay Human Project where it transforms the decor in one room in a handful of European hotels to more explicitly connect guests to a sense of place and community. IHG, Kimpton’s parent company, has been embracing new tech tools. IHG Skift Take: IHG represents […]

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Skift Forum Asia Video: How APAC is Transforming the Global Payments Landscape

Skift Take: Mobile payments are already commonplace in parts of Asia — China particularly — but as travelers adopt these tools, travel companies will need both local expertise and deep technological capabilities to make sure their guests can pay when and how they like. — SkiftX Read the Complete Story On Skift

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IHG Sees Room for Improvement in Hotel Revenue Management

Shown here is the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hefei Shi in Anhui Sheng, China. Parent company InterContinental Hotels has been changing its tech platform to offer more creative booking options. InterContinental Hotels Group Skift Take: InterContinental Hotels Group aims to use its new reservations system from Amadeus to set and shift rates based on […]