How U.S. Travel Policies Change in the Biden-Harris Era

Wikimedia

Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris take office officially on Wednesday as U.S. president and vice president, with much of the travel industry waiting in anticipation of new policies. Wikimedia

Skift Take: On day one, travel executives will see policies from White House that will give them renewed hope that the world will be more open and soon safer from a deadly pandemic. Four contentious years will be in the past and a steadiness returned from which to rebuild a devastated industry.

โ€” Tom Lowry

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Choice Vs. Wyndham: The Race to Convert Hotels to Their Brands ๐Ÿ”’

Choice Hotels International

Choice Hotels is adding 15 hotels to its extended-stay portfolio from the owner of existing Wyndham-flagged properties. Choice Hotels International

Skift Take: Wyndham’s loss is Choice Hotels’ gain in a 15-hotel brand shuffle. But this type of transaction is still falling short of wider industry expectations.

โ€” Cameron Sperance

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United Nations Tourism Arm to Stick With Current Leader for 4 More Years

World Travel & Tourism Council

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, was reelected for another four-year term today at the security council meeting in Madrid. World Travel & Tourism Council

Skift Take: The UNWTO security council missed a huge opportunity to show leadership when it failed to vote for Bahrain’s Shaikha Mai, a respected sustainable tourism leader with fresh ideas for global tourism’s recovery. A chance to correct course can still happen at final confirmation proceedings this fall.

โ€” Lebawit Lily Girma

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This Airlines Deal Portends More Back-End Shakeups on Tech and Data

Singapore Airlines

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 takes off. The airline is a customer of Airfare Insight (AFI), which is moving from SITA to ATPCO. Singapore Airlines

Skift Take: ATPCO’s acquisition of fare management tech from SITA probably won’t be the last project airlines will reassign. This month’s appointment of Alex Zoghlin as CEO of ATPCO suggests further changes are looming.

โ€” Sean O’Neill

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