Luxury Travel Agencies Claim Bragging Rights in VIP Business Travel


C-Suite executives may want to add a little luxury to their business trips, and luxury leisure agencies claim they are best-suited to handle such executive whims. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Some luxury-focused leisure travel agencies are finding success in handling their clients’ business travel needs. The bleisure trend, as well as the desire for CEOs to keep their lavish travel a secret from employees, is creating opportunities for these agencies.

— Maria Lenhart

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Marriott and Expedia Exclusive Agreement Will Retake Control of Wholesale Rates


Marriott and Expedia have entered into an industry-first partnership on the distribution of wholesale room rates. Bloomberg

Skift Take: In an I-just-saw-an-elephant-fly moment, Marriott International will be directing businesses to Expedia Group to access certain Marriott wholesale rates. Bedbanks, tour operators and smaller online travel agencies that play games with room rates are put on notice.

— Dennis Schaal

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SeaWorld CEO Abruptly Steps Down After 7 Months

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The entrance to SeaWorld, in Orlando, Florida, is shown here. SeaWorld CEO Gustavo Antorcha resigned after seven months on the job amid signs of a dispute with the board.
John Raoux / Associated Press

Skift Take: The revolving door at SeaWorld Entertainment swings once again. Despite the theme park operator’s financial rebound, the departure of its sixth CEO in five years suggests choppy waters may still be ahead.

— Faye Chiu

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