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April 8, 2017

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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

Travel Disruption and Reinvention Top of Mind at Skift Forum Europe

Travel Disruption and Reinvention Top of Mind at Skift Forum Europe

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.

Airbnb and the Plight of the Female Host and Traveler

Airbnb and the Plight of the Female Host and Traveler

Can Airbnb do a bit more to address the needs of female Airbnb hosts and guests? The short answer is yes.

Airlines Offer Deals as They Try to Sell More Miles to Consumers

Airlines Offer Deals as They Try to Sell More Miles to Consumers

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 Trials Travel Package Metasearch in the UK and Germany

Google Trials Travel Package Metasearch in the UK and Germany

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.

The Luggage Industry Keeps Adding Tech Gimmicks to Boost Sales

The Luggage Industry Keeps Adding Tech Gimmicks to Boost Sales

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.

Brexit Developments

Why the UK Travel Industry Isn’t Yet Suffering a Brexit Slowdown

Why the UK Travel Industry Isn’t Yet Suffering a Brexit Slowdown

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.

Ryanair Thinks Politicians Are Starting to Listen To Brexit Threat

Ryanair Thinks Politicians Are Starting to Listen To Brexit Threat

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.

Hospitality

How Boutique Hotels Changed the Way We Design Hotels

How Boutique Hotels Changed the Way We Design Hotels

Design was just one ingredient, albeit an essential one, for creating a boutique hotel both then and now.

Innovative Hoteliers Want to Bring the Right Guests to Their Hotels

Innovative Hoteliers Want to Bring the Right Guests to Their Hotels

The next big thing in hospitality is already taking place today, and it's all about curation and community.

Marriott Created Its Own Snapchat TV Show

Marriott Created Its Own Snapchat TV Show

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.

IHG CEO Sees Growth Opportunities But Vows to Remain Strictly a Hospitality Company

IHG CEO Sees Growth Opportunities But Vows to Remain Strictly a Hospitality Company

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.

Airlines

Delta Air Lines Wins Crystal Cabin Award for Best International Business Class Design

Delta Air Lines Wins Crystal Cabin Award for Best International Business Class Design

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.

American’s Basic Economy Fares Are Working for the Airline So Far

American’s Basic Economy Fares Are Working for the Airline So Far

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.

Norwegian Air to Expand to Argentina With 10 Aircraft, Says CEO

Norwegian Air to Expand to Argentina With 10 Aircraft, Says CEO

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.

Tourism

TUI Group CMO Says That Bricks and Mortar Retail Still Matters to Tour Brands

TUI Group CMO Says That Bricks and Mortar Retail Still Matters to Tour Brands

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.

Tourism Boards Still Aren’t Sold on 360-Degree Destination Videos

Tourism Boards Still Aren’t Sold on 360-Degree Destination Videos

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.

Dining Is Quickly Becoming the Main Attraction for Global Travelers

Dining Is Quickly Becoming the Main Attraction for Global Travelers

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.

Digital

Thayer Ventures’ New Travel Tech Fund Will Be Cautious About Consumer Startups

Thayer Ventures’ New Travel Tech Fund Will Be Cautious About Consumer Startups

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 Closes Search Business and Sells Fly.com Domain

Travelzoo Closes Search Business and Sells Fly.com Domain

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.

How Momondo Outcompeting Kayak in Europe Led to Its Acquisition

How Momondo Outcompeting Kayak in Europe Led to Its Acquisition

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.

Expedia Sued by Affiliate for Allegedly Stealing Data and Handing It to a Competitor

Expedia Sued by Affiliate for Allegedly Stealing Data and Handing It to a Competitor

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.

Business Travel

Domestic U.S. Business Travel Hits a Downturn

Domestic U.S. Business Travel Hits a Downturn

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.

Interview: GBTA Executive Director on the Forces Shaping Business Travel Today

Interview: GBTA Executive Director on the Forces Shaping Business Travel Today

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.

The Change Millennials Already Embrace — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

The Change Millennials Already Embrace — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Younger business travelers are comfortable with new services and change in general. Traditional players in the industry should take note.

Skift in the News

Fast Company: Can Pop-Up Hotels Become A Permanent Fixture With Travelers?

Fast Company: Can Pop-Up Hotels Become A Permanent Fixture With Travelers?

Independent: Why the World Needs Budget Flights to New York, According to a Top Airline CEO

Independent: Why the World Needs Budget Flights to New York, According to a Top Airline CEO

CNN: Social Airline Concepts Make Flying More Fun

CNN: Social Airline Concepts Make Flying More Fun

U.S. News & World Report: 3 Things You Must Know About the New Electronic Devices Travel Restriction

U.S. News & World Report: 3 Things You Must Know About the New Electronic Devices Travel Restriction

Quartz: United’s business-class passengers are drinking so much wine the airline is running out

Quartz: United’s business-class passengers are drinking so much wine the airline is running out

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