Accor CEO Says Corporate Reorg Has Nothing To Do With Covid Impact Despite Massive Layoffs

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Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin says a recent corporate overhaul has less to do with the pandemic and more to do with the final stage of a five-year business plan. Elisa.rolle / Wikimedia

Skift Take: The global pandemic still impacted Accor’s recent corporate restructuring, whether the company sees it that way or not.

— Cameron Sperance

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Pandemic and Competitors’ Struggles Put JetBlue on Offense During Crisis

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Tailfins of JetBlue’s A320 Airbus. The airline is going on offense during the pandemic to seize on opportunities. Skift

Skift Take: While its competitors are struggling with the collapse in business-travel demand, JetBlue’s focus on leisure travelers has been a source of (relative) strength. The airline is flouting conventional wisdom and expanding in its competitors’ hubs.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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Delta CEO’s Optimistic View Is Covid-19 Will Be a ‘Two-Year Journey’

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Delta Air Lines is expecting a “two-year journey” before its operation resembles its pre-pandemic structure, CEO Ed Bastian said Tuesday at the Skift Global Forum Angus Mordant / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Under Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines has taken a prudent approach to managing through this pandemic. The airline is not expecting a recovery for about two years.

— Brian Sumers

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Marriott CEO Embraces ‘Hygiene Theater,’ Noting All the Measures Boost Guest Comfort Levels

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Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson doesn’t expect the U.S. to go into another round of coronavirus lockdowns, even if there is another surge of cases. Kgbo / Wikimedia

Skift Take: It’s unlikely economic lockdowns are in the cards for preventing future coronavirus case surges in the U.S., and Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson’s defense of “hygiene theater” shows what the business community sees as a viable alternative safety measure.

— Cameron Sperance

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Las Vegas Resorts Scramble for New Strategies Amid 4th Straight Month of No Conventions

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Las Vegas had its fourth straight month of zero convention visitors, but some companies are looking to tap into the “work from hotel” model as a stopgap business line. LasVegasGuy / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Las Vegas casino resorts are seeking creative alternative revenue streams while convention travel is bottomed out, but it’s highly unlikely anything will match the dollars associated with a mammoth, multi-day event.

— Cameron Sperance

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Airports Would Get Upgrades Under $14 Billion U.S. House Spending Measure

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The U.S. House proposed Monday a plan to maintain existing funding levels on airports and highways, despite pandemic shortfalls, with money from the U.S. general fund. Peter Griffin / Needpix

Skift Take: The U.S. House has a $14 billion plan to fix a highway and airport funding shortfall during the pandemic, but the measure is still just another Band-Aid on a growing need for legitimate infrastructure spending.

— Cameron Sperance

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