Marriott Says Data Breach Not as Bad as Originally Disclosed


An alert on the SPG app for iOS telling members about a security breach. Marriott International recently reported one of the largest customer data security breaches in recent history, involving Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which the company bought in 2016 for $13.3 billion. Skift

Skift Take: In short: The data breach was not as bad as we originally thought, but it was still pretty bad, and fairly big.

— Deanna Ting

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Will a New Marriott-Expedia Contract Signal a Sea Change in the Direct Booking Wars?

Andrew Kelly / Reuters

Marriott’s contract negotiations with Expedia may have a ripple effect on the relationship between online travel agencies and the greater hotel industry. Andrew Kelly / Reuters

Skift Take: Until the details are finalized, the jury’s still out on the impact of a Marriott-Expedia agreement. But suffice it to say, these frenemies still depend on one another.

— Deanna Ting

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Airbus Falls Just Short of Its Aircraft Delivery Goal for 2018


Airbus had hoped to deliver 800 aircraft last year, but fell 10 planes short. Pictured is an Airbus factory floor. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Whether Airbus delivered 790 aircraft last year or 800 is probably immaterial. It’s a big number either way. But how long can this boom in aircraft manufacturing last? Surely not forever, right?

— Brian Sumers

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