Chinese Tech Companies See Their Shot at Expansion as Outbound Travel Grows

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Chinese tourists, such as the ones pictured here at the Binnenhof in the Hague, Netherlands, are taking their tech abroad. Chinese companies see an advantage in that. Remon Rijper / Flickr

Skift Take: Chinese tech companies have more leverage abroad in 2018 than they did five years ago, but they’ll need to change their business models if they hope to take their brands around the world.

— Dan Peltier

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Delta Makes Conciliatory Gesture Toward Boeing After Trade Dispute

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Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said his carrier might want to be the launch customer for the Boeing 797. Pictured is a Boeing 777-200ER. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Yes, Delta Air Lines got caught in a nasty trade dispute recently with Boeing. But it can’t stay mad forever. Boeing is likely going to develop a new medium-haul jet, and it’s no surprise Delta wants to be a part of the sales process. It needs to replace a lot of 767s and 757s.

— Brian Sumers

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Gogo Wants U.S. Airlines to Know Satellite Wi-Fi Isn’t the Only Answer

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Delta Air Lines is upgrading much of its fleet to satellite WiFi, but it has not said much about its regional jets. Pictured is a business traveler on a Delta Connection E175. Delta Air Lines

Skift Take: For years, airline passengers have hated Gogo’s air-to-ground, or ATG, service. But change is coming, and travelers soon may not need to curse when they learn they’re on an air-to-ground-equipped airplane.

— Brian Sumers

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Chinese Attractions Invest in Augmented Reality to Attract Tourists

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Attractions throughout China are using light shows to attract tourists, hoping to compete with similar displays elsewhere in the world. Pictured is the light show at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. aotaro / Flickr

Skift Take: Many travel companies still struggle to harness the best of augmented and virtual reality, which haven’t exactly taken off like some people imagined. Maybe these attractions in China are doing it right, or more affordably.

— Sarah Enelow

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Duetto Raises $80 Million to Give Hotel Booking an E-Commerce Makeover

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Duetto Chief Technology Officer Craig Weissman, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Marco Benvenuti and CEO Patrick Bosworth, from left to right. Duetto Research

Skift Take: Duetto has raised more money to ramp up its operations and continue to develop its hotel revenue management platform. The space is crowded, but powerful software-as-a-service tools are needed desperately by hotel revenue managers.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Can a Dedicated Wellness Cruise Line Really Succeed?

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A yoga pose. Blue World Voyages aims to take on established cruise lines. Burst

Skift Take: While wellness tourism might be growing in popularity, setting up a dedicated cruise line is another matter. First you’ve got to finance the venture, then you must convince consumers that you’re a better bet than the existing lines.

— Patrick Whyte

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Thomas Cook Brings First Group of UK Travelers to Tunisia Since 2015 Attack

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Thomas Cook brought the first group of UK tourists to Tunisia this week for the first time since 2015. Pictured are tourists at the Mausoleo de Habib Burguiba en Túnez in Tunisia. El Primer Paso Blog / Flickr

Skift Take: Tunisia needs tourism and is happy about the return of visitors. Once again, the travel industry is showing some resilience after a brutal attack.

— Dan Peltier

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Norwegian Air CEO Admits the Discount Carrier Failed to Deliver in 2017

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Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kjos admitted his airline had a tough 2017, but he said it expects its troubles are behind it. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Industry insiders knew Norwegian Air was a “mess” last year, but the company kept downplaying its issues. Now, Norwegian has come clean, with its CEO saying, “2017 was not a good year.” But has it solved all of its problems? We doubt it.

— Brian Sumers

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VRM Intel Magazine Winter Issue

The winter issue of VRM Intel Magazine is here. This issue contains 27 articles designed to help you grow your business in 2018. Matt Curtis shares his experience about how local governments are addressing regulations, and Sue Jones writes about important changes in employment laws. In addition, Laird Sager discusses best practices for addressing accidental damage […]

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Airbnb Is Set to Launch a New Tier of Select Properties

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A listing belonging to Van-Martin Rowe, an Airbnb host from Pasadena, California, is pictured. Airbnb invited him to participate in the Airbnb Select pilot program, which is expected to officially launch soon. Airbnb

Skift Take: You know the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”? When it comes to Airbnb’s new endeavors in the accommodations space, it is certainly being inventive, but the company is also borrowing heavily from what hotels have been doing for centuries.

— Deanna Ting

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