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American Is Leaving Thousands of Standby Passengers Stranded Says Pilots Union

The head of the pilots’ union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights …

Aviation

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

China’s Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co. acquired a 21 percent equity stake in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. at $23 a share, becoming the U.S. theme-park …

Markets

Disney CEO Agrees to Extend His Contract Until 2019

Bob Iger, Walt Disney Co.’s chief executive officer for more than a decade, agreed to a contract extension that will keep him atop the world’s …

Walt Disney Company

Why Flights Are So Cheap (And You Might Hate Yours)

Flying these days sounds like an incredible bargain.<p>Low-cost is a key focus, not just for the Ryanairs and Spirit Airlines of the world that are …

Airlines

6 Charts on How Bruges Residents Grudgingly See Overtourism's Value

As more destinations around the world wake up to the reality of overtourism, Bruges, Belgium went straight to the people most affected by millions of …

Cities

Effective Outreach in China — Digital Marketing News This Week

China. It’s a country that’s on most travel executives’ minds these days as they seek to target what will soon be the world’s largest consumer …

China

Federal Agency Says Trump D.C. Hotel Doesn't Violate Lease

The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in Washington ruled Thursday that his inauguration as president doesn’t violate …

Government

Travel Startup Founder's Jailing Prompts Backlash from India's Tech Leaders

Entrepreneurs around the world pay a price when their ventures fail, from lost fortunes to tarnished reputations. But in India, one startup founder …

Royal Jordanian Says Its In-Flight Experience Is Still Great Despite Electronics Ban

Jordan’s national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new U.S. aviation restrictions — and entice them to book flights …

Airlines

American Airlines Can Play Catch-Up in China by Closing China Southern Deal

How do you get a foot in the world’s soon-to-be-biggest aviation market in the face of official intransigence from its government? American Airlines …

Airlines

Startups Disrupting Business Travel — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

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

Airlines

United Is Expanding Upgraded Screening Lanes at Newark Airport

Advanced screening lanes at security checkpoints have been around for years at airports such as London Heathrow, but only recently have they started …

Airports

UK Transport Secretary Reveals Little About Reasoning Behind Electronics Ban

Chris Grayling, the United Kingdom’s Transport Secretary, has downplayed suggestions that a ban on passengers is targeted at specific countries and …

United Kingdom

U.S. Embassies Will Use Extreme Vetting for More Visa Applicants

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny” and toughen …

Government

New European Border Wall May Remove Greece From Schengen Zone

So where should the next impenetrable razor-wire border fence in Europe be built?<p>Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban thinks he knows the …

Immigration

European Airports May Ease Restrictions on Carry-on Liquids

While travelers face the prospect of being forced to check in laptops and tablet computers, another airline security hassle might get eased.<p>Europe’s …

Airports

Boom Tech Raises $33 Million for Supersonic Jet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Each week we create a roundup of travel startups that have received or announced funding that week. The total amount raised this week was more than …

Startups

Google Travel Exec Details Changing Consumer Behavior

<i>On April 4 in London, hundreds of the travel industry’s brightest and best will gather for the first Skift Forum Europe. In only a few short years</i> …

Google

Expedia Has a New Tool to Help Hoteliers Use Reviews to Improve Service

It sounds like a test question that you might be asked when were 16 years old and in school: Eighty hotel guests say the free breakfast is “fine,” …

Expedia

Chefs+Tech: With Taste and Tech Domino's Doubles Its Advantage

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

Fast Food

What It Was Like to Work with Boutique Hotel Pioneer Bill Kimpton

<i>Earlier this week we published a 60,000 word account of the early days and evolution of the boutique hotel industry in the United States, the</i> …

Hotels

Alaska Airlines To Drop Virgin America Brand by 2019

Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it expects to retire Virgin America’s brand sometime in 2019, a decision that may disappoint the upstart carrier’s …

Airlines

American Airlines May Be Close to Buying Stake in China Southern

American Airlines Group Inc., the world’s largest carrier, is in advanced talks to acquire a stake in China Southern Airlines Co., according to …

Airlines

Royal Caribbean Creates Tour-Booking Site GoBe To Go After Land Vacations

Add Royal Caribbean Cruises to the long and growing list of companies diving into tours and activities.<p>The world’s second-largest cruise company — …

Travel

Emirates Will Let Travelers Keep Electronic Devices Until Boarding

Emirates aims to let passengers take their laptops past security gates at Dubai International Airport and collect the devices only before boarding as …

Aviation

Uber Will Soon Release Findings of Sexual Harassment Investigation

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to outline diversity goals and publish the results of a sexual harassment investigation over the coming weeks, part of a …

Uber

Decoding the True Meaning of the Middle East Laptop Ban

It’s hard to know what to make of the recently announced laptop ban. But it doesn’t smell right. Effective March 25th, passengers flying from eight …

Foreign Policy

Trump Hotels' U.S. Expansion Hampered by Ethical Concerns

You might have expected the Trump Organization to tap the brakes on expansion plans given all the criticism over potential conflicts of interest …

Decoding the Middle East Laptop Ban

It’s hard to know what to make of the recently announced laptop ban. But it doesn’t smell right. Effective March 25th, passengers flying from eight …

HotelTonight Raises Another $37 Million in Funding

Mobile-only hotel booking brand HotelTonight raised $37 million in a funding round, the company says.<p>Venture capital firm Accel Partners led the …

Startups