Wyndham’s China Coronavirus Woes: 70 Percent of Hotels Closed

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has closed 70 percent of its hotels in China due to coronavirus. Most of the shuttered hotels are part of the Super 8 brand (pictured here). Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Skift Take: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has closed about 1,000 of its hotels in China because of coronavirus. Those that remain are welcoming fewer guests. The outbreak continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry.

— Nancy Trejos

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U.S. Travel Arrangement and Reservation Sector to Top $57 Billion in 2020: Skift Research Forecast

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The U.S. travel arrangement and reservation sector is poised for more growth in 2020. Porapak Apichodilok / Pexels

Skift Take: The travel arrangement and reservation services sector has experienced strong growth for the past few years and outperformed other major travel verticals. We believe this trend will continue in the next few years, aided by more digital transformation.

— Haixia Wang

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Europe Is Shaping the Luxury Eco-Resort Movement

Your Nature

A treetop cabin at Your Nature, an Unscripted Resort by Dream Hotel Group. Your Nature

Skift Take: You may start seeing the term “eco-resort” pop up more and more. But in investigating the trend, we discovered a variety of definitions, which makes the actual meaning of the term nebulous. It’s best to look to Europe for clarification.

— Laura Powell

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Alaska Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance: What That Means for Flights Out of Seattle

Bloomberg

Baggage check-in at Alaska Air, which just joined the Oneworld alliance. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Alaska Airlines startled the airline world by announcing it will enter the Oneworld global alliance. It also plans to coordinate more deeply with American, especially after American launches London and Bangalore flights from Seattle. But will the two be able to compete with powerhouse Delta, which also flies internationally from Seattle?

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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New Norwegian CEO Doesn’t Yet Have Answers to Low-Cost Long-Haul Profitability Problem

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A Norwegian 737-800. The carrier is working through a turnaround strategy. Jorge Syversen / Norwegian

Skift Take: Maybe it was a bit too much to expect some big strategic initiatives from such a new CEO, or maybe the airline is keeping them under wraps for now. But an airline with Norwegian’s historic problems cannot tweak its way to viability.

— Patrick Whyte

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