The EU Introduces Plan to Make Covid-Era Travel Less Confusing

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A bartender wearing a face mask chats with a customer in a coffee shop in Tuscany, Italy. Gabriella Clare Marino / Unsplash

Skift Take: The patchwork of rules does make matters more confusing, but it may also force potential travelers to be more cautious at this point. Which may not be a bad thing as cases tick up higher in parts of Europe.

— Jason Clampet

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Marriott and IHG Fueling Sonesta’s Rapid Growth: Is Hyatt Next?

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Sonesta Hotels continues to rapidly grow toward a five-year goal of hitting 1,000 properties in its portfolio. Sonesta International Hotels Corp.

Skift Take: It only takes a little momentum for a snowball growth effect to transpire, and the unlikely Sonesta seems to have plenty of it to hit an extraordinary five-year growth goal.

— Cameron Sperance

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AirAsia Group’s Tony Fernandes Talks Digital Transformation in Exclusive Skift Interview

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AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes thinks the strength of the Group’s brand can help it pivot into a digital lifestyle company. AirAsia Group

Skift Take: AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes battled airline incumbents two decades ago when he launched a low-cost carrier. Now he thinks he can steal a big chunk of business from the reigning online travel agencies. AirAsia Digital will try to take on the OTAs without directly competing with them, and there’s a twist.

— Dennis Schaal

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AirAsia Group’s Tony Fernandes to the Naysayers on a Digital Transformation: Just Watch Us

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AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes thinks the strength of the Group’s brand can help it pivot into a digital lifestyle company. AirAsia Group

Skift Take: AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes battled airline incumbents two decades ago when he launched a low-cost carrier. Now he thinks he can steal a big chunk of business from the reigning online travel agencies. AirAsia Digital will try to take on the OTAs without directly competing with them, and there’s a twist.

— Dennis Schaal

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