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April 15, 2017

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It's the weekend, and nobody deserves a slight break more than you. Unless that person is Oscar Munoz, and he really needs a few moments to himself. So that gives you time to read these seven highlights from our coverage of the industry this week, along with some of the top stories in travel you won't read anywhere else. — Jason Clampet, Editor-in-Chief

British Airways and the Problem of Fees, Frills and Perspective

British Airways and the Problem of Fees, Frills and Perspective

Alex Cruz, the Chief Executive of British Airways, is in a tough spot. For years the airline has positioned itself as a premium brand and — whatever the company says — customers don't like it when you start charging for something you used to get for free. It's probably too early to say whether the changes to short-haul meal options have been a success and doing it on long-haul flights would be a totally different proposition.

Hotels Still Afraid to Take on Expedia and Booking.com Despite Rule Changes

Hotels Still Afraid to Take on Expedia and Booking.com Despite Rule Changes

While European Union competition authorities might by happy with the results of their crackdowns, it doesn't look like much has changed. The market still makes it difficult for both smaller online travel agencies and the hotels themselves to compete.

Airlines and Airports Look to Biometrics to Improve the Passenger Experience

Airlines and Airports Look to Biometrics to Improve the Passenger Experience

Consumers are more comfortable with biometrics than ever, and we can probably thank Apple for that. Now airlines are starting to ask whether they might use facial recognition, fingerprints or iris scans to make the passenger experience better. Here's hoping they succeed.

Regulation Is Slowing Growth in Some of Airbnb’s Most Popular Markets

Regulation Is Slowing Growth in Some of Airbnb’s Most Popular Markets

Does this mean short-term rental regulations are actually working? Or just that Airbnb’s business is maturing?

United Airlines CEO Makes Promises as Apology Tour Hits Good Morning America

United Airlines CEO Makes Promises as Apology Tour Hits Good Morning America

From a public relations perspective, United CEO Munoz had to get out there on TV so the public could view his remorse. Written statements wouldn't suffice. He's now saying a lot of the right things.

Everything AccorHotels Has Acquired and Invested in Over the Past Year

Everything AccorHotels Has Acquired and Invested in Over the Past Year

AccorHotels is buying up and/or investing in a lot of other companies in its pursuit to become an entirely new breed of hotel company.

Microsoft Bets on Artificial Intelligence to Help It Succeed Again in Travel

Microsoft Bets on Artificial Intelligence to Help It Succeed Again in Travel

Microsoft thinks that voice-powered internet gives it a shot — via voice assistant Cortana — at upending today's travel search funnel, which is dominated by Google's search results. The theory's plausible, but Microsoft needs to move faster to win.

Hospitality

Hyatt to Offer In-Room Streaming Entertainment Worldwide

Hyatt to Offer In-Room Streaming Entertainment Worldwide

Our guess is, pretty soon, this will be as standard as those in-room iHome docking stations for your iPods, only a whole lot more useful.

Good Hotels Has a Better Approach to Building Community

Good Hotels Has a Better Approach to Building Community

A feel-good story from a hotel brand that goes beyond the PR headlines? That's a very good idea.

HomeAway to Home Owners: It’s Online Booking or Nothing at All

HomeAway to Home Owners: It’s Online Booking or Nothing at All

Vacation rental bookings are increasingly going online but there is still a dichotomy in models -- instant confirmations versus a 24-hour fail-safe vetting period. Because of the fragmented nature of the vacation rental market, one-size-fits all doesn't seem to be in the offing.

Skift Podcast: What Hotels Are Doing to Win Your Loyalty

Skift Podcast: What Hotels Are Doing to Win Your Loyalty

Tune in to hear how hotel loyalty programs are changing — and what that means for the traveling public.

Airlines

Delta Execs Downplay Importance of Basic Economy

Delta Execs Downplay Importance of Basic Economy

Delta says it's using basic economy fares to help better differentiate its products. The jury is still out on whether it will help them compete on routes where they face low-cost competitors.

British Airways Announces a $495 Million Investment in Premium Experience

British Airways Announces a $495 Million Investment in Premium Experience

British Airways has finally come around started investing in its business class cabin. But it may be too late to catch up with Delta, United, and the Middle East carriers.

Virgin America’s Elevate Loyalty Program Will Fold on January 1, 2018

Virgin America’s Elevate Loyalty Program Will Fold on January 1, 2018

Virgin America's Elevate members now have an official timeline for when their loyalty program is going to fold.

Digital

Emirates Ranks First in Launch of TripAdvisor’s Review-Based Global Airline Rankings

Emirates Ranks First in Launch of TripAdvisor’s Review-Based Global Airline Rankings

Travelers are entitled to their own opinions, and it makes sense that Emirates is the overall No. 1. But does Aeroflot truly have the world's best business class product?

It’s Time to Rethink the Travel Instagram Aesthetic

It’s Time to Rethink the Travel Instagram Aesthetic

Travel is more exciting than a well composed and prop-heavy Instagram shot would let on. We think it's time to start letting on.

Virgin America’s Ex-CEO Talks Candidly About Google’s Pushy Strategy

Virgin America’s Ex-CEO Talks Candidly About Google’s Pushy Strategy

During the decade he ran Virgin America, David Cush couldn't always speak freely. But now Cush can discuss how airlines struggle with Google's mobile land grab.

Tourism

The State of Global Tourism Competition in 6 Charts

The State of Global Tourism Competition in 6 Charts

Travel brands have an economic incentive to push policy makers and private sectors in their destinations on sustainability and leaner visa policies because tourists will reward them with higher spending and likely repeat visits.

Chefs+Tech: Will Travel for Food

Chefs+Tech: Will Travel for Food

Tourists plan entire vacations around food. It's up to restaurants and food tourism companies to leverage this trend for their best interests.

Chinese Travelers Set a New Record for Global Tourism Spending in 2016

Chinese Travelers Set a New Record for Global Tourism Spending in 2016

With less than five percent of Chinese travelers holding passports, last year's spending totals for international Chinese travelers represents only a fraction of the market's spending potential as millions more Chinese choose to travel abroad each year.

Business Travel

Travel Agents and the Power of Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Travel Agents and the Power of Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Break through the travel recommendation bubble with a good old-fashioned human expert.

CEO Interview: How American Express GBT Tackles Innovation

CEO Interview: How American Express GBT Tackles Innovation

American Express Global Business Travel is investing in technology to give travelers better digital tools and a more streamlined booking experience.

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