Hyatt’s Potential Defections and 12 Different High Journey Tales This Week – Skift


Day and night throughout the week we publish original stories about news and travel trends, including the effects of the coronavirus. Every weekend we offer you the chance to reread the most important stories in case you missed them earlier.

Marriott and IHG Drive Sonesta’s Rapid Growth: Is Hyatt Next ?: It only takes a little time for a snowball growth effect to be felt, and the unlikely Sonesta appears to have had enough of it to hit an exceptional five year growth target.

Malaysia’s Genting and Spain’s Melia are the only travel companies to top a new corporate sustainability ranking: Kudos to the two companies that came out on top in the Wall Street Journal ranking. But shame on the rest of the sector. Time to do better.

The silver lining for travel recovery in Asia will be whoever learns the most from this pandemic, the global strategist says: A crisis can seem “unprecedented” if you haven’t read up on what happened elsewhere before. Expect Asia to be the center of the travel sector’s recovery as some countries overtake others.

Hilton adds resort amenities to business hotels after months of leisure travel: Hilton’s hotel tweaks and new ad campaign are a memory businesses can’t afford to let customers slip away, especially in such an uncertain travel year.

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes talks about digital transformation in an exclusive Skift interview: With the closure of its business in Japan and the rumor of the sale of its stake in India, the AirAsia Group has to focus again on the core markets in Southeast Asia. While flight operations are turning inward, the group’s e-commerce operations are expanding.

Tripadvisor CEO Denies Concerns About Rivals Amazon, Airbnb and Klook in Experience Business: Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer may underestimate the threat that competitors pose to his tours and activities business. The company sees this segment as possibly its greatest opportunity. But it’s true that Airbnb is only chasing a small portion of that market for now, and Amazon’s intentions are unclear.

Mexican short-term rental startup Casai raises $ 48 million led by Andreessen Horowitz: Venture capitalists rarely bet on Mexico’s travel starts. But Casai’s average occupancy rate of 80 percent in August and September must have helped attract top investor Andreessen Horowitz.

The Big Questions for the Asian Travel Industry in 2021 and Beyond: Is Asia still the future of travel for itself and for the whole world in a global economy and consumer behavior restructured by the pandemic?

Amex GBT is driving automated bookings with a chatbot acquisition: This deal makes sense. With fewer advisors on the horizon, use proven artificial intelligence to handle the burden and help staff book their own tickets.

GetYourGuide fires employees as the experience sector faces uncertainty: Pooh. The Berlin-based startup had so far avoided layoffs, thanks in part to extensive funding before the crisis.

The Justice Department is about to resolve some of the travel industry’s Google problems: If the US Department of Justice does indeed take imminent steps to improve the playing field for Google’s travel advertisers and competitors in other industries, the magnitude of the impact will depend on the details. There will be a lot of fighting – and this could be the beginning of the beginning.

Marriott Unlocks New Revenue Amid Strong China Recovery: Marriott’s newer initiatives and brands like Homes & Villas may succeed during the pandemic, but old-fashioned sources of income like business travel are still a key factor in a full recovery.

Southwest Airlines looks to business travel to recover beyond the downturn: Airlines must choose their battles carefully. In the case of Southwest, will that combination of technology partnerships and airport testing be enough to bring business travel back to scale?

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Photo Credit: Pictured is Sonesta ES Suites Chicago-Lombard. Some Sonesta properties are re-labeled. Sonesta

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