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Priceline Group Changes Its Name and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Priceline Group Changes Its Name and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

This week in digital news, Priceline Group changed its name to Booking Holdings, proving just how valuable the Booking.com brand has become. -Sarah Enelow
Hawaiian Airlines Trims Schedule Because of Late Airbus Deliveries

Hawaiian Airlines Trims Schedule Because of Late Airbus Deliveries

Hawaiian Airlines was not digging those big vibrations in Pratt & Whitney engines, and delays in getting them fixed is forcing the airline to play mix and match with its schedule. -Dennis Schaal
Uber and Lyft Drivers in New York City Get Green Light to Display Ads

Uber and Lyft Drivers in New York City Get Green Light to Display Ads

Many drivers will be eager to earn more commissions from putting ads in their vehicles. Finally there's a level playing field — taxis have had TVs and radios with ads for years. -Dan Peltier
Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

Christian tourism is a big deal to Israel, and this tax dispute, if it isn't resolved soon, won't help. -Dennis Schaal
Airbnb Plus and 7 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Plus and 7 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

This week our hospitality editor reported from San Francisco, analyzing what's really behind Airbnb's not-so-surprising new launches, among them a long-awaited loyalty program. -Sarah Enelow
Here Are the Travel Companies That Have Cut Ties With the NRA

Here Are the Travel Companies That Have Cut Ties With the NRA

We're having a moment. In the wake of the Florida school shooting, travel companies are abandoning the National Rifle Association and its assault rifle advocacy. History would tell us that no
United’s Unrealistic Polaris Promise and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United’s Unrealistic Polaris Promise and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

This week in aviation, we dug into what went wrong with United's Polaris business class service, and thought about how many bells and whistles a frequent flyer really wants. -Sarah Enelow
Saudi Arabia Wants Events to Put It on the Global Tourism Map

Saudi Arabia Wants Events to Put It on the Global Tourism Map

Maybe Saudi Arabia is finally turning a corner in dismantling some of its obstacles to tourism. If so, perhaps those citizens who spend their money going to Dubai or Egypt will spend those dollars in
Chinese Merger Money in Travel Will Likely Dry Up

Chinese Merger Money in Travel Will Likely Dry Up

Conventional wisdom in the last few years had Chinese investors from Anbang to HNA poised to scoop up and consolidate U.S. travel companies, meaning Google, Booking, Expedia and TripAdvisor weren't
Airbnb Struggles to Balance Its Past and Future

Airbnb Struggles to Balance Its Past and Future

In which we try to make some sense out of what we know Airbnb is doing now — and what it hopes to be doing over the next 10 years.-Deanna Ting
Disney’s New Toy Story Land and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Disney’s New Toy Story Land and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

This week in tourism, we had theme parks covered. Disney is opening a new Toy Story-themed land ahead of the Star Wars expansion, and Six Flags reported earnings with talk of tax reform and keeping
Wyndham and Car Rental Companies Cut Ties With National Rifle Association

Wyndham and Car Rental Companies Cut Ties With National Rifle Association

Kudos to Wyndham, Best Western, Hertz and Enterprise for taking action to end ties with the National Rifle Association. We expect to be able to add more names to the list in coming days. -Dennis
Nashville’s Convention Business is Booming Thanks to Its Music Industry Branding Strategy

Nashville’s Convention Business is Booming Thanks to Its Music Industry Branding Strategy

Nashville's rise as a trendy convention destination illustrates why city branding should focus on the individual stories and spirit of the local community and indie entrepreneurs to help differentiate
Ryanair Urges Brexit Negotiators to Eliminate the Uncertainties

Ryanair Urges Brexit Negotiators to Eliminate the Uncertainties

There's a lot of drama about what Brexit will mean for Europe's airlines. And much needs to happen before airlines know how the European air market will look long term. But at the end of this, we
Air France-KLM Isn’t Sure What to Do About Low-Cost Rivals

Air France-KLM Isn’t Sure What to Do About Low-Cost Rivals

Air France-KLM is being much more cautious than its rivals on the subject of low-cost long-haul. Joon isn't the long-term answer and Air France-Klm needs to come up with something better if it is
Mexico’s Volaris Plots Central American Growth at Expense of Copa Airlines

Mexico’s Volaris Plots Central American Growth at Expense of Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron has been in the job for 30 years, and has been adept at managing the carrier through sometimes-turbulent times. For that reason alone, Copa should be OK. But you never
Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming
Stansted and Heathrow Airports Plan to Increase Passenger Tallies

Stansted and Heathrow Airports Plan to Increase Passenger Tallies

London's airports desperately need new runways as air travel demand has surged over the last few years. Stansted wants to pick up the slack, at least until Heathrow's third runway is finished. -Andrew
IAG Takes On Low-Cost Rivals With Transatlantic Capacity Binge

IAG Takes On Low-Cost Rivals With Transatlantic Capacity Binge

If there is going to be a capacity war over European skies, IAG is probably in a stronger position than its rival carrier groups. And with oil prices rising again, we could see more airline business
RVShare Raises $50 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

RVShare Raises $50 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Road trips remain incredibly popular in many parts of the world and are a great way to get off the beaten path. RVShare's new CEO, an ex-HomeAway executive, is likely looking to capture more than the