Throughout the week we are posting original stories night and day covering news and travel trends, including the impact of coronavirus. Every weekend we will offer you a chance to read the most essential stories again in case you missed them earlier.
Dominica Hoping New International Airport Will Elevate It To a Major Caribbean Destination: Long without the capabilities to have direct flights arrive from far away lands, Dominica is hoping a new airport will turn things around for its tourism, trade, and economy. Can they pull it off without incurring debt?
Expedia in Latest Exit From Hospitality Tech Sells Alice: Hotels generally don’t want online travel agencies to run their front desks and house-cleaning services. And Expedia Group is much better at marketing and booking hotel rooms than operating them.
Russian Startup Takes Page From Software Industry With Travel-as-a-Service Model: Even if you’re not interested in the Russian travel market, OneTwoTrip’s early traction with what it calls its “travel-as-a-service” model may have inspirational lessons for companies worldwide.
Lakestar Will Take HomeToGo Public in $1 Billion Bet on Vacation Rental Search: HomeToGo’s move to go public is a validation of the booming vacation rental sector. It’s also a rare accomplishment for a German-based startup. Europe had been playing a catchup game with Silicon Valley, but no longer.
Mexico Is First Country to Reach Pre-Pandemic Travel: New Skift Research Index: Mexico’s score increased to 100 index points, which indicates that the country’s travel industry has fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels. A momentous occasion, but a closer look shows that not all sectors are back to normal.
Can This Controversial Former Thomas Cook Exec Really Build the Next Travel Giant?: Many people will be watching the next chapter in Manny Fontenla-Novoa’s career closely. Can he restore his reputation with this new pan-European travel agency?
Tripadvisor Plus Signs Its First Hotel Chains But Those Missing Are a Bigger Story: Despite Tripadvisor’s gains with a few smaller hotel groups, the big chains aren’t exactly crashing the gates to join Tripadvisor Plus. Their absence over the long term could threaten the program.
Amtrak Plans $117 Billion Upgrade in Northeast For U.S.’s Busiest Rail Line: Amtrak and its partners are lining up a series of major infrastructure projects along the busy Northeast Corridor for possible infrastructure funds out of Washington. The plan is sprawling but with federal money available — and “Amtrak Joe” in the White House — the sky is seemingly the limit for rail proposals.
Fintech, Superapps and Subscriptions Will Spur Flurry of Online Travel Copycats: In its rough outlines, Expedia begot Trip.com Group while Kayak and ITA Software begot Google Travel. Get ready for a flurry of clones in fintech, superapps, and subscription services in travel. In fact, it’s already happening.