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American Airlines CEO Learned of Qatar's Investment Interest at IATA Conference

Qatar has a feel-good slogan for its flagship airline: “Going places together.” But for the moment, the energy-rich Middle Eastern country seems to …

Airlines

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand’s capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its …

Amusement Parks

Online Travel Agencies Battle Partners and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This …

Hospitality

The Low-Cost, Long-Haul Revolution and 8 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This …

Airlines

SeaWorld Is Under Federal Investigation for Post-Blackfish Commentary

For a while after the 2013 release of the documentary “Blackfish,” which excoriated SeaWorld over its treatment of killer whales, the theme park …

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Supreme Court Likely Ruled on Travel Ban But Hasn't Publicized it Yet

The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump’s travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.<p>…

Judiciary

Airbus Sales Boss on Boeing's Gains: 'Every Dog Gets His Day'

Airbus SE sales chief John Leahy conceded defeat to Boeing Co. at his last European air show, marking a rare show of humility from the American who …

Aviation

Etihad To Let Passengers Bid for Adjacent Seats Among Series of Revenue Moves

Etihad Airways will let economy passengers coveting more elbow room bid online for adjacent seats as the Abu Dhabi-based carrier explores new ways to …

Airlines

Tour Operator That Brought American to North Korea Has Unprofessional Reputation

Beer-soaked “booze cruises” down North Korea’s Taedong River. Scuba diving trips off the country’s eastern coast. Saint Patrick’s Day pub crawls in …

Korean Peninsula

Carnival Says China Is a Good Long-Term Cruise Bet Despite Ongoing Struggles

The China cruise market continued to disappoint Carnival Corporation in the second fiscal quarter, but the operator isn’t giving up.<p>While the company …

Cruise Ships

Keypr Unlocks $19 Million for Hotel Keyless Entry: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Each week we round up travel startups that have recently received or announced funding. The total raised this week was more than $41.5 …

Startups

Norwegian Air CEO Is More Worried About UK Passenger Taxes Than Brexit

Brexit is a huge worry for the aviation industry for numerous reasons and many chief executives have been happy to speak out about the potential …

Airlines

A Corporate Expense Giant in the Making — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

<i>The Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report is our weekly newsletter focused on the future of corporate travel, the big fault lines of disruption</i> …

Hospitality

British Airways Seeks Planes and Crew From Qatar During Proposed Flight Attendant Strike

With some of its cabin crew members preparing to strike next month for roughly two weeks, over pay and benefits, British Airways is considering …

Airlines

TripAdvisor's Review Investigators Discover a Huge Travel-Robocall Scam

TripAdvisor’s internal security and Internet fraud team usually busies itself probing sketchy user reviews from the hotel or restaurant competitor …

Security

Airbnb Is Testing a Luxury Service That Will Include Inspections for Quality Control

Airbnb Inc. is close to launching a new service that will match guests with quality-inspected home and apartment rentals. The product is intended to …

Hospitality

Beijing's New $12.9 Billion Airport Will Be Battleground for Global Airlines

Like ancient warlords, China’s three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China Ltd. controlling Beijing, China Eastern …

Airlines

Qatar Airways Plans to Take Up To a 10 Percent Stake in Nemesis and Partner American Air

Qatar Airways, one of three Persian Gulf carriers that large U.S. carriers have criticized for unfair competition, is seeking to acquire a major …

Ritz-Carlton Enters the Luxury Cruise Business With 3 Custom Yachts

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is making waves today as it unveils its newest brand extension. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is the name of the …

Hospitality

Midscale Hotel Brands Are Getting Smarter About Not Being Boring

If you’re a major hotel company, chances are you’re planning to launch — or have just launched — a new midscale brand.<p>The most recent case in point: …

American Airlines to Drop Contentious Uniforms Within Three Years

Less than a year ago, American Airlines unveiled new uniforms for front-line workers, including pilots and flight attendants, that it hoped would …

Scandic Hotels Bolsters Nordics Strategy With $127 Million Finnish Acquisition

Scandic Hotels Group is to add another 43 hotels to its portfolio with the $127 million purchase of Finland-based Restel’s hotel operations.<p>Once the …

Hospitality

TripAdvisor in the Age of Platforms Tries the Full-Service Model

Last week, Skift Research launched the second edition of our analysis of TripAdvisor, this one the Deep Dive Into TripAdvisor’s Competitive Position …

Defining the Event Speaker of the Future — Meetings Innovation Report

The Future of Meetings & Events<p>Conference planners are under growing pressure to pull together the best possible speaker lineup due to three shifts …

Chefs+Tech: Evolving Consumer Tastes Change the Premise of Fast Food

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>In September we announced that Skift was expanding into food and drink with the addition of the Chefs+Tech newsletter.</i><p><i>We see this as a</i> …

Air-Traffic Reform Bill Targets Airline Policies on Bumping Passengers

A plan to remove the the U.S. air-traffic control system from government would also add protections for airline passengers bumped from flights.<p>The …

Overtourism at Italian Attractions Spurs Call for Visitor Limits

Tourist flows should be monitored at famous sites in Italy in cities like Rome and Florence, with access limited when crowd numbers swell, the …

American Airlines May Serve the Best Burger at JFK — But Only for Elites

“You’ve got to try the burger.”<p>That was the counsel of Kurt Stache, a veteran of airport dining and airline marketing, while briefing me on the …

Trump Administration Mulls Banning U.S. Travel to North Korea

The Trump administration is considering banning travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as outrage grew over the death of …

North Korea

IHG Announces New Midscale Hotel Brand — Without a Name

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced news of its newest hotel brand. The only catch? It doesn’t have a name or a logo just yet.<p>The hotel …