New Report: Leveraging Hotel Loyalty to Design Successful Business Travel Programs

Skift Take: Out-of-policy booking is a significant challenge in the business travel sector. Managers want employees to use approved tools and partners. But their business travelers frequently ignore those demands, choosing to purchase whatever is most convenient, cheap, or easy to use. Could hotel loyalty programs offer a solution to the impasse?

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Cuba Appoints Tourism Minister as First Prime Minister in Over 40 Years

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Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz embraces Cuba’s newly appointed President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Ramon Espinosa / AP Photo

Skift Take: Cuba now has its first prime minister since 1976. His background building up Cuba’s successful tourism industry led parliament to believe he’s the right man for the job.

— Rosie Spinks

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Hotel and Short-Term Rental Players Face Off Over Regulation


Lisa Jurinka, Vacasa chief legal officer, Brian Crawford, AHLA executive vice president of government affairs, and Philip Minardi, Expedia Group director of policy communications speak with VRM Intel CEO Amy Hinote on stage at Skift Short-Term Rental Summit in New York City on December 5, 2019.

Skift Take: Nobody has found the best formula for regulation of the short-term rental industry. But hotel groups and rental platforms both realize that the outcomes of early battles will set precedents for future laws. This might explain why they are so willing to confront and call each other out publicly.

— Spencer Lee

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This Year’s Top 10 Airline Developments and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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Shown here are Boeing 737 Max jets parked behind a stop sign indicating a traffic crossing at a Boeing Co. production facility in Renton, Wash. Boeing cut production of its troubled 737 Max. Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Skift Take: This week in aviation, JetBlue announces Salt Lake City as its new headquarters, and Boeing halts production on the 737 Max. We also take a look at the top 10 industry developments in 2019 and Sun Country’s unlikely deal with Amazon.

— Faye Chiu

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