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Expedia is launching a $ 275 million partner recovery plan that is very different from Airbnb’s: Airbnb would have been gutted if it had focused on a host support package that was primarily marketing credits. Expedia’s partner recovery plan is not a philanthropy, but although the company is likely to experience a decline in sales, it will benefit from increased partner engagement as the travel industry recovers.
How airlines generate revenue from flights that will never start: US airlines sell many flights that they do not want to operate. Consumers should be careful.
United Airlines’ new CEO says no to bankruptcy and mandated blocked middle seats: Don’t expect United Airlines to file for bankruptcy on Scott Kirby’s watch. The company’s new CEO has some great opinions on the subject.
Expedia enters into a short-term rental business that was created from two acquisitions: The Expedia Group is trying to simplify their distant operations, and their short-term multi-family rental business has not been a central undertaking. This is especially true when you consider how Covid-19 has decimated the demand for such real estate in urban areas.
Why the LGBTQ community may be the first to travel again: The LGBTQ travel community has historically been very resilient after a decline in travel. There are early signs that the rebound after the pandemic could have a similar dynamic.
100,000 Americans died. Have we examined the role of travel in it ?: We have to ask and answer the most difficult questions to help hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens here in America and around the world – and the billions that are still alive.
Boutique hotels rely on main chain branding tactics: Travelers may long for familiarity while recovering the corona virus, but boutique hoteliers say that familiarity can be achieved without making your property feel generic and sterile.
Hotels in Asia find locking easier than unlocking: Despite being familiar with crisis management, Asian hoteliers are writing the textbook on hotel reopening when the only certainty is occupancy and room prices will be low. So why unlock or when and how?
Hotels may not like where the price discussions for companies lead: Strategies for hotel business programs are not easy at best. A new pricing plan with two tariffs could make life easier for travel managers, but it is much more complex for the properties where their employees will be checking in.
Development pipeline for new hotels throttles remarkably to record levels – for now: The US hotel industry may already be in a recreational area, while hotel construction has not yet seen a decline that could take years.
Who decides when the employees are fit again – and how ?: It will be a delicate matter, but with the right systems, health checks could prove effective to reassure employees that it is safe to be out again.
Photo credit: A Chinese traveler at an airport on May 27, 2020. Expedia Group is launching a recovery plan to stimulate travel demand. Adobe
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