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March 18, 2017

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We started the week with an exclusive interview with Ctrip's CEO and it just kept getting better from there, with interviews and special reports with leaders from Facebook, Royal Caribbean, JetBlue, and more.

We really tried to be present around the world, too: This week Skift editors and correspondents reported and spoke from Miami, Washington, Ethiopia, Sydney, Berlin, and Austin — along with our regular teams in London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. And we're happy you came along for the ride. — Jason Clampet, Editor-in-Chief

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch in 2017

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch in 2017

Here are innovative young travel companies, from Medellín to Beijing, that are poised to achieve escape velocity.

CEO Interview: Ctrip’s Strategic Threat to Expedia, Priceline and Everyone Else

CEO Interview: Ctrip’s Strategic Threat to Expedia, Priceline and Everyone Else

To a great extent, Ctrip is going to be preoccupied for years chasing Chinese travelers and servicing their every travel need, around the globe. Barring further consolidation, Ctrip isn't much of a threat to its partner, the Priceline Group, which is years ahead in its own hotel business and is executing superbly.

Why International First Class Is Slowly Disappearing From Airlines

Why International First Class Is Slowly Disappearing From Airlines

There is still a market for international first class. It's just not big, and its generally on flights between financial centers. Qatar Airways is making the right decision in focusing on business class, rather than first.

New Skift Research Report: The State of Content Marketing in Travel 2017

New Skift Research Report: The State of Content Marketing in Travel 2017

If content marketing is all about storytelling, then 'travel' should be about the easiest vertical to storytell around. That is, unless, you have every other destination, hotel, and airline tell the same story.

Interview: Facebook’s Head of Travel on Hotels Going Mobile

Interview: Facebook’s Head of Travel on Hotels Going Mobile

Facebook would certainly love nothing more than for hotels to use its platforms exclusively for their mobile needs. But what Christine Warner has to share about how hotels should be thinking about mobile, and social media platforms, is advice any hotel can use.

Skift Forum Europe

This Is Not a Freakin’ Trade Conference: Europe Style

This Is Not a Freakin’ Trade Conference: Europe Style

Our European not-an-industry-conference conference will build on our promise to be the best creative brainfood all year for the travel industry. We guarantee it.

Skift Forum Europe: How Lonely Planet Looks Beyond Guidebooks

Skift Forum Europe: How Lonely Planet Looks Beyond Guidebooks

Lonely Planet is taking a multichannel approach to consumer travel media, and it seems to be working.

Skift Forum Europe: TUI Group’s CMO on the Benefits of a Single-Brand Strategy

Skift Forum Europe: TUI Group’s CMO on the Benefits of a Single-Brand Strategy

TUI's move to do away with national brands and operate under one name has drawn some criticism. The decision to axe the likes Arke and Thomson was a big one but it will have paid off if the company can continue to grow in established markets like The Netherlands and UK as well as in new destinations.

Hospitality

Marriott CEO Says More Hotel Mega-Mergers Are Likely

Marriott CEO Says More Hotel Mega-Mergers Are Likely

Marriott's decision to buy Starwood does seem to make consolidation among the rest of the chasing pack seem very likely. The problem is nobody wants to get burned by doing a deal at the very top of the market.

Airbnb CEO Says Its IPO Is ‘Halfway’ Ready

Airbnb CEO Says Its IPO Is ‘Halfway’ Ready

As CEO and head of community, Brian Chesky makes his way around the world and he’s offering some insights into what’s next for his $31-billion company.

The Hospitality Startup That Wants to Make a Business Out of Luxury Pop-Up Hotels

The Hospitality Startup That Wants to Make a Business Out of Luxury Pop-Up Hotels

Is glamping really more than a fad? Collective Retreats and its investors seem to think so, but will that be enough?

Digital

TripAdvisor Debuts Facebook Messenger Chatbot for User-Generated Recommendations

TripAdvisor Debuts Facebook Messenger Chatbot for User-Generated Recommendations

If your company doesn't have an artificial intelligence-fueled chatbot, the odds are you will one day. Is your company going to sit out this trend like so many procrastinators, or resource-constrained companies, did when the first crop of mobile apps appeared? History does have a habit of repeating itself but it doesn't have to.

Priceline’s Boyd Says Company Has the ‘Muscle’ to Offer Private Rates Like Hotels Do

Priceline’s Boyd Says Company Has the ‘Muscle’ to Offer Private Rates Like Hotels Do

Priceline Group executives say their relationships with the major hotel chains are good and the impact of their direct-booking campaigns isn't acute. Then why is Jeffery Boyd, the Group's executive chairman, talking about taking remedial actions?

TripAdvisor CFO Sees ‘Hotel-Like’ Commissions in a $1 Billion Tours and Activities Business

TripAdvisor CFO Sees ‘Hotel-Like’ Commissions in a $1 Billion Tours and Activities Business

If TripAdvisor's hotel-booking drive doesn't work out in the face of intense competition, tours and activities won't be bungee-jumping to the rescue. But it still can be an attractive business and TripAdvisor is best-positioned for now to make it work.

Airlines

JetBlue Evaluates Fleet Plan as It Considers Flying to Europe

JetBlue Evaluates Fleet Plan as It Considers Flying to Europe

JetBlue is taking its time in deciding whether to fly to Europe. We're guessing the airline is leaning that way, but it's hard to know for sure.

IAG Aims to Level the Playing Field With Long-haul, Low-cost Rivals

IAG Aims to Level the Playing Field With Long-haul, Low-cost Rivals

It's been a quick turnaround for IAG, which only announced plans for a low-cost, long-haul airline in December. The legacy carriers have clearly been spooked by Norwegian's initiatives and are now working to compete in this new landscape.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

While many African carriers are struggling to stay afloat, let alone turn a profit, Ethiopian Airlines is firmly in the black and planning aggressive expansion. The magic formula? The right aircraft and routes, and a government that lets the experts get on with it.

Business Travel

U.S. Business Travelers See Terrorism as Most Important Concern

U.S. Business Travelers See Terrorism as Most Important Concern

Most business travelers are still extremely concerned about the threat posed by terrorism. They also think that their employers are doing a good job taking care of their safety when traveling for business.

When Corporate Goes Consumer — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

When Corporate Goes Consumer — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

The race to make corporate travel more like consumer travel is heating up. This time travel management companies may really mean it.

CEO Interview: Egencia Tries to Innovate Towards a Bigger Share of Corporate Travel

CEO Interview: Egencia Tries to Innovate Towards a Bigger Share of Corporate Travel

With its Expedia DNA, Egencia is well-positioned to help bring consumer innovations into the corporate travel mainstream.

Tourism

New Trump Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Judges in Hawaii and Maryland

New Trump Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Judges in Hawaii and Maryland

While the restraining order is temporary, the wording of the judge's findings shows a strong chance that the courts will overturn yet another travel ban.

Interview: Celebrity Cruises CEO on Getting the Edge in First Ship Design in a Decade

Interview: Celebrity Cruises CEO on Getting the Edge in First Ship Design in a Decade

Celebrity Cruises had a lot of time to think about what it wanted on a new type of ship — 10 years, in fact, since the last class was designed. The line has added some concepts and features that we expect to see more of in the coming years.

African American Smithsonian Sets a New Standard for Museums as Destinations

African American Smithsonian Sets a New Standard for Museums as Destinations

Museums can be powerful drivers of tourism and the newest Smithsonian, which quickly became a black American mecca, sets the bar high. Case in point -- how many museums have a line to get into the gift shop?

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