Wyndham Hotels CEO on Life After Company Split: ‘La Quinta Will Be Transformational’

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts CEO Geoff Ballotti says the addition of La Quinta to the Wyndham hotel portfolio will be “transformational” for the newly spun-off company.

Skift Take: In the hospitality business, the big are getting bigger — and, we hope, getting smarter about how they communicate that to consumers, and how they keep their hotel owners and franchisees happy. This points transfer and status match between Wyndham and La Quinta is a good start.

— Deanna Ting

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AccorHotels Considers Buying Stake in Air France-KLM

AccorHotels has expressed an interest in buying a stake in AirFrance-KLM

Skift Take: If AccorHotels actually does invest in Air France-KLM that certainly would bring the company that much closer to being the full-service travel services company/brand that its CEO Sebastien Bazin has said he wants it to become.

— Deanna Ting

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Travel Guides Should Be Answering These Questions

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A shelf of travel guides is pictured. The author wishes some less-obvious details were included in most guides to destinations. VanessaC (EY)

Skift Take: There are travel guides that go deeper than the best hotels and attractions to see, but the author makes a good larger point: Some of the things that have the biggest impact on a visitor’s experience are out of the travel industry’s control. Communicating about those qualities is important to manage traveler expectations.

— Hannah Sampson

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Air France and KLM Will Stay Together Despite Recent Turmoil: KLM CEO

Air France and KLM need each other to survive, KLM’s CEO said Sunday in an interview.

Skift Take: KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is honest. He knows some of his employees question why KLM, which is thriving, needs its long-term marriage to Air France. But Elbers knows that in airlines, the biggest carrier usually wins. Plus, he knows there’s no other way forward. For better or worse, Air France and KLM are probably together forever.

— Brian Sumers

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Delta Dismisses Low-Cost Transatlantic Threat and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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Delta Air Lines aircraft at Boston Logan International Airport. Delta CEO Ed Bastian dismissed threats posed by discount transatlantic airlines. Sean O’Neill

Skift Take: This week in aviation, Delta’s CEO seemed confident that legacy carriers have little to fear from the rise of low-cost transatlantic flights. He also made more money than his U.S. peers last year, so he’s riding high for the time being.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Companies Use Cryptocurrency to Attract Millennials to Loyalty Programs

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Pindar Wong, chairman of payment solutions company VeriFi, at CES 2018. Brands are using cryptocurrency to get millennials interested in their products. ETC-USC

Skift Take: Millennials are obsessed with cryptocurrency, so brands are looking to employ trendy crypto coins to sucker them into joining loyalty programs. The truth is, blockchain is more likely to save companies money on transaction fees than create any real value for consumers.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Luxury Hotels Follow Developers to Manhattan’s Far West Side

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Hudson Yards, pictured here in development, is attracting new hotels and businesses to Manhattan’s far west side. Shinya Suzuki

Skift Take: Right now Hudson Yards – a once industrial, grimy side of New York – is mostly a ghost town. But the High Line gave the area a major boost, and hotels and restaurants are building up around that ecosystem.

— Dan Peltier

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Old Cruise Ships Get New Life as Costs Soar for New Builds

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Carnival Victory is shown in Port Canaveral. At 18, the ship is a little more than halfway through its expected life span. Rusty Clark

Skift Take: Shiny new megaships get a lot of attention, but cruise lines aren’t forgetting about the rest of their fleet. Older ships can be just the ticket for emerging markets, quick weekend trips, and ports that can’t handle giant vessels.

— Hannah Sampson

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