We went to London this week and walked away with new knowledge and new friends (we hope). You can see some of the highlights, below, or read all of them right here.
We looked at other things this week, too, from the challenges of women who use Airbnb for business or leisure, to the big business of selling airline miles, to the hype that defines the luggage industry. — Jason Clampet, Editor-in-Chief
Disruption is more fun when you're the disruptor. The speakers and attendees at the inaugural Skift Forum Europe are doing what they can to be on the right side of the equation.
Can Airbnb do a bit more to address the needs of female Airbnb hosts and guests? The short answer is yes.
It's rarely a great deal to buy miles directly from an airline. But several carriers in the Americas are offering big discounts, so it's no longer such a bad move to top off your account. Just remember: Miles almost always lose value with time.
Google revealed Tuesday that it is doing an early experiment in how to sell bundled flights and hotels via its travel search results. Package travel is huge in Europe, and Google's trial will be watched closely.
At this year's annual travel goods industry conference, it's obvious that the hot trend among manufacturers is to add USB ports, battery packs, and location-aware beacons to their luggage.
So far there has been a limited impact from last June's Brexit vote, but that doesn't mean there won't be an economic price to pay, especially in the long term.
Given some of the misplaced comments made by UK ministers tasked with leading the country's exit from the European Union, Ryanair's comments might be a touch optimistic. Still, the importance of aviation to both sides means that some form of deal will likely be done by March 2019 to avoid a worst-case scenario of grounded aircraft.
Design was just one ingredient, albeit an essential one, for creating a boutique hotel both then and now.
The next big thing in hospitality is already taking place today, and it's all about curation and community.
But is the Snapchat audience willing to devote more than three seconds to watch it? This is something any travel brand attempting to experiment on this platform should ask themselves.
InterContinental Hotels Group hasn't been as acquisitive as some of its peers in recent years and it's clear that Chief Executive Richard Solomons doesn't intend to follow the crowd.
The to-be-delivered Delta One cabin eked out a victory over United's Polaris product in this year's crystal cabin awards. United's team must be fuming.
Did you think Basic Economy fares would be good for consumers? Ha. Airlines are in the business to make money, and this is one more tool to maximize their ability to increase revenues. For shareholders, that's good news.
Bjørn Kjos, the founder and CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, said at Skift Forum Europe that his discount carrier plans to enter Argentina by year-end. We're hoping for $66 flights to and from the U.S.
The Internet has more information about destinations than any traveler could possibly need. Do consumers really need tour operators to have retail stores? It seems unnecessary, but travelers in some markets still like the model.
360-degree videos have been a draw for many destination marketers and consumers are equally eager to watch them. But the who, what, where, when, why and how for watching such videos are still in test-and-learn mode.
As more travelers have realized that dining is truly an experience in its own right, more restaurants and travel companies are pursuing innovation and creating unique dining experiences around the world.
Despite the recent attempts at corporate venture capital by JetBlue, Booking.com, and other big players, many travel companies prefer to invest in startups via traditional venture funds instead.
Travelzoo has sold Fly.com, the most under-leveraged internet domain name in travel. We hope the mystery buyer has better luck with it than the deals publisher did.
Momondo Group thinks the key to differentiation in metasearch is to create an emotional connection with the customer. Price-focused Kayak wants to learn a thing or two.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has no love lost for Expedia, other online travel agencies and their affiliates, and will likely welcome the squabbling and any additional exposure the affiliate issue gets from this lawsuit. Expedia has to move fast to protect its reputation among partners.
International travel to the U.S. remained strong in February, probably because travelers still went on trips they had planned months in advance. Domestic business travel, however, has begun to decrease.
While U.S. government actions in the past couple months have caused upheaval in the business travel world, the Global Business Travel Association executive director reminds us that the industry is dealing with all kinds of change at the moment.
Younger business travelers are comfortable with new services and change in general. Traditional players in the industry should take note.
Skift in the News