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Housebound Travelers Simulate an Everest Expedition Online

Housebound Travelers Simulate an Everest Expedition Online

If you can't climb Mount Everest in person, why not simulate it in your home with the help of friends? -Sean O'Neill
The New Pivot to Managing Travel for Crisis Workers

The New Pivot to Managing Travel for Crisis Workers

It's good to see hotels support workers on the frontlines, but consolidation of these bespoke programs and booking platforms may be needed if the pandemic escalates. -Matthew Parsons
President of Expedia’s Business Travel Unit Egencia Steps Down

President of Expedia’s Business Travel Unit Egencia Steps Down

Egencia will be in safe hands under the guidance of Ariane Gorin, president of Expedia Business Services, but the shock of the departure of the charismatic Rob Greyber will be felt in the wider
Mistakes to Avoid When Renegotiating Corporate Hotel Rates

Mistakes to Avoid When Renegotiating Corporate Hotel Rates

Travel budgets are likely to be cut, so smarter renegotiation tactics will help buyers find a happy medium with beleaguered hotels. -Matthew Parsons
Tour Guides and Attractions Operators Shift to Testing Experiences — Online

Tour Guides and Attractions Operators Shift to Testing Experiences — Online

Operators of tours, activities, and attractions are taking a crash course in online classes, virtual tours, and digital souvenir sales. We doubt these efforts can fully replace the revenue of
Will the First Wave of Corporate Travelers Be Paralyzed by Anxiety?

Will the First Wave of Corporate Travelers Be Paralyzed by Anxiety?

It will be new territory for most travel managers, but monitoring mental health could safeguard not just employees but help secure a company’s future too. -Matthew Parsons
Airlines Could Start Facing Legal Challenges Over Withholding Refunds

Airlines Could Start Facing Legal Challenges Over Withholding Refunds

Suing an airline is a drastic measure, but shows how deep this crisis is. -Matthew Parsons
TripActions CEO Defends Controversial Layoffs Strategy

TripActions CEO Defends Controversial Layoffs Strategy

Ariel Cohen’s decision to fire 100 employees during a video conference is controversial, but might also reflect the new reality of remote workforce management. -Matthew Parsons
Are Companies Ready to Travel When the World Switches Back On?

Are Companies Ready to Travel When the World Switches Back On?

The situation is dire for many suppliers, but corporate travel managers could help hotels and airlines prepare for the rebound — if they act responsibly. -Matthew Parsons
40 Percent of Companies Expect Business Travel to Resume Within 3 Months: New Poll

40 Percent of Companies Expect Business Travel to Resume Within 3 Months: New Poll

Considering the widespread travels bans in place, Global Business Travel Association members are either overly confident about when normality will resume, or underestimate the seriousness of the

Will Travel Advisors Be Last in Line for Bailouts?

Airlines, cruise ships, and hotels rely on travel advisors to book a lot of their business. A lobbying effort is afoot to make sure that thousands of these small businesses don't get left out of
New Skift Report: The Bright Future of Meetings and Events in Thailand

New Skift Report: The Bright Future of Meetings and Events in Thailand

The meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Thailand is stronger now than ever before and is expected to continue growing. Today, Bangkok is one of Asia’s most exciting
No, It’s Not Fine to Keep Hosting Live Events

No, It’s Not Fine to Keep Hosting Live Events

Mixed messages are still coming from the industry about the safety of meetings and traveling despite travel bans and national emergencies that have led to lockdowns. It’s time to take responsibility
Travel Advisors Deal With Torrent of Spring Break Cancellations, Vacation Swaps

Travel Advisors Deal With Torrent of Spring Break Cancellations, Vacation Swaps

Spring break travel is in wait-and-see mode as travel advisors field calls from clients rattled by the coronavirus pandemic. Some travelers are swapping their trips for “safer” spots like Hawaii,
Are Ski Resorts Ready for a Warmer World?

Are Ski Resorts Ready for a Warmer World?

Climate change is more than an existential threat to the outdoor ski economy. It will take a combination of greener operations and smarter business practices to ensure its viability for decades to
Coronavirus Panic Outlines Limits of Most Travel Insurance

Coronavirus Panic Outlines Limits of Most Travel Insurance

Airline and online travel agencies have been under fire from legislators in recent years for their travel insurance marketing tactics. In these trying times, these companies now more than ever must
Egyptian Tourism Entrepreneur Buys Stake in TUI

Egyptian Tourism Entrepreneur Buys Stake in TUI

One of Warren Buffett's best known bits of investment advice is: "Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” The fundamentals for TUI still look good, so Hamed El Chiaty
Debt-Laden Samsonite Reels From Coronavirus Crisis Aftershocks

Debt-Laden Samsonite Reels From Coronavirus Crisis Aftershocks

By itself, the coronavirus scare needn't be like kryptonite to Samsonite, which has high gross margins. But the long-term double whammy of supply shocks (due to factory closings) and demand shocks
How Much Damage Will Coronavirus Do to Cruise Industry?

How Much Damage Will Coronavirus Do to Cruise Industry?

Cruise lines were set to have a banner year in 2020, but coronavirus and resultant ship quarantines are putting that in doubt. No one knows what the long-term impact will be. -Maria Lenhart
Executive Q&A: How to Cut Costs on Business-to-Business International Payments

Executive Q&A: How to Cut Costs on Business-to-Business International Payments

Travel companies today are more dependent on moving money around the world than ever before. Minimizing the friction caused by foreign exchange fees, regulatory surcharges, and other international