Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

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A promotional image from Airbnb for Events. The company has launched a tool for event organizers to show Airbnb listings near an event. Airbnb

Skift Take: Airbnb has formally entered the meetings and events sector with a simple widget and landing page. It will be much more interesting when Airbnb decides to use its platform to sell actual meeting space to organizers, since a global race is on among technology platforms to crack the online booking market for small and simple meetings.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Skift Forum Europe Preview: Melia’s COO on Achieving Global Scale

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A Melia hotel is pictured in Torremolinos, Spain. The hotel company can trace its origins back to 1956; it’s chief operating officer will speak at Skift Forum Europe. Ian Gratton / Flickr

Skift Take: In the tier below the big six hotel companies are a raft of others, jostling for position. Melia Hotels is one of the biggest players in Europe and it will be interesting to hear how it differentiates itself from the competition.

— Patrick Whyte

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Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche

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Sven-Olof Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, spoke in the Skift Take Studio. Skift

Skift Take: More people are visiting hard-to-reach destinations, and the travel companies that take them there are reckoning with the impact of the higher volume of tourists. How much growth is too much? We’ll probably find out in the coming years.

— Hannah Sampson

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Risking Jail Time for a Better Business Travel Experience

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EPA administrator Scott Pruitt at CPAC 2017. Pruitt’s attempts to game the government’s business travel rules seem to have backfired spectacularly. Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Skift Take: Employees game business travel rules all the time. Now that Scott Pruitt has been outed for trying to take advantage of U.S. taxpayers, it’s worth considering the fact that nobody really wants to fly in economy class or stay in a crappy hotel.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Key Data Dashboard Raises $2.4M

Key Data Dashboard, formerly known as VRM Dashboard, a leading developer of data visualization and comparison software for vacation rental managers, today announced a $2.4 million Series A round led by vacation rental companies and investors specializing in early stage ventures. Participating investors include many of the initial investors in Glad to Have You, including […]

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Luxury Luggage Brand Rimowa Wants to Sell More Than Suitcases

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Rimowa CEO Alexandre Arnault spoke Wednesday, April 18, at the Conde Nast International Luxury Conference in Lisbon. He wants to luggage maker to create brand extensions. Ik Aldama / Conde Nast

Skift Take: Sales of Rimowa’s grooved aluminum suitcases are growing by an estimated 30 percent a year. But brand extensions beyond luggage could turn out to be a case study in dreams that go undelivered.

— Sean O’Neill

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Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

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Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a Southwest engine explosion that killed one passenger this week. Southwest jets are pictured on a runway. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Experts say it’s hard to fully identify potential weaknesses in jet engine metal. With so much attention focused on the issue following the Southwest engine explosion, new and better techniques should be developed.

— Hannah Sampson

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Booking Holdings Buys Activities Distribution Startup FareHarbor

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FareHarbor co-founders Lawrence and Zach in the early days. They founded the company in Hawaii. FareHarbor

Skift Take: Only a couple of years ago the CEO of family owned activities distributor FareHarbor said the company would never sell. But never say never. For Booking Holdings, this is further proof that the giant wants to be full-service.

— Sean O’Neill

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