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Upcoming Skift Forum Talk: Virtuoso's CEO on Why Right Kind of Travel Agent Survived

We are starting a new series of posts highlighting the speakers and their talks for the upcoming Skift Global Forum 2015 — Oct 14-15 in New York City …

3 Hospitality Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

Technology is Here to Disrupt Marketplaces, Including Travel.

Karl Loo wants to transform the services marketplace in South-east Asia and lift income levels of small businesses and individual professionals.<p>Tell …

The explosive growth in Chinese spending on tourism, in one stunning chart

It’s because Australia is getting a slice of the explosive growth in Chinese outbound tourism of recent years.<p>Courtesy of the United Nations World …

Silently debuting homestays, Booking.com jabs Airbnb

Booking.com, the online travel agency giant owned by Priceline Group, has begun listing homestays. These accommodations don’t come from Booking’s …

Exclusive: Meet Airbnb's highest-ranking female exec ever

Belinda Johnson, Airbnb’s general counsel since 2011, is about to become more than just the company’s legal eagle. In her new role—chief business …

Hands On With HotelTonight’s New Concierge Service, Aces

HotelTonight just launched its newest product, Aces, which is an in-app chat feature connecting users with a personal travel concierge. The concierges, collectively referred to as “Aces”, are available 24-7 during your booking to do things like make a restaurant reservation for dinner, or get extra …

Kimpton's Hotel Monaco: Inside Philadelphia's Hippest Boutique Hotel

Philadelphia's hotel scene is in the midst of a boom, but luxurious options still abound in the City of Brotherly Love—including Kimpton's Hotel Monaco.<p>Over the next few years, Philadelphia will experience a boutique hotel boom. Brands like W Hotels, Four Seasons, and SLS Hotels are due to open new …

Hospitality

Interview: Airbnb's CMO on Authentic Travel Experiences

<b>Jonathan Mildenhall will speak about leveraging cultural ideology to create a super-brand in travel at the Skift Global Forum on October 14 and 15 in</b> …

Proposal to Restrict Airbnb in San Francisco Becomes Ballot Measure

A proposal to strictly curtail short-term home rentals in San Francisco has qualified for the Nov. 3 ballot.<p>The ballot measure limits home-shares to …

9 Time-Saving Virtual Concierge Services You May Not Have Heard Of

<i>This story originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>When you hear the word “concierge,” you probably picture white-gloved butlers and valets servicing a well-heeled clientele at five-star hotels and restaurants.<p>But you don’t have to be a VIP to benefit from the white-glove treatment.<p>With a few taps of a …

Hospitality

Airbnb 'sleep in their beds' campaign branded 'creepy'

The room-letting service published a number of statements on Twitter this week that it hoped would illustrate the appeal of living like a local in a new place, but ended up just freaking people out.<p>Go look through their windows, so you can understand their views.— Airbnb (@Airbnb) July 14, 2015<p>“Go …

Skift Global Forum: What to Expect From the Travel Agent of the Future

<b>Matthew Upchurch will speak about how the right kind of travel agent survived the digital change at the Skift Global Forum on October 14 and 15 in</b> …

Airbnb's New Commercial Is Confusing to Much of Mankind

What “Is Mankind?”<p>It is a question that has bedeviled philosophers since the dawn of civilization — from Aristotle to Francis Bacon to Thomas Hobbes. …

Virtual travel concierges are a thing, says HotelTonight, Native, and maybe Facebook

The shift in travel spending from bricks-and-mortar travel agencies to online travel companies has largely been about automation — taking the human …

Hospitality

Here is how hotels should adapt to fight growing threats like $25 billion Airbnb

The hospitality industry is experiencing a similar disruption at the hands of lodging apps like CouchSwipe and Airbnb, the latter of which started only seven years ago and is already valued at $25 billion.<p>This rapid and threatening growth demands a unique and intelligent response, and the major …

San Francisco Area Home Prices Near Record as Sales Surge

Homes in the San Francisco Bay area sold last month at the fastest pace in almost nine years and prices approached a record as growing consumer …

Real Estate

Labor Department Prepping To Crack Down On Uber, Fedex, Airbnb

Labor Department Sets Its Sights On The Sharing Economy<p>Connor D. Wolf on July 16, 2015<p>The U.S. Department of Labor joined opponents of the “sharing …