Jonas Software Rolls Up Hospitality Tech Group to Compete Against Bigger Players

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A photo of the lobby of the Bobby Hotel in downtown Nashville. The property uploaded this photo for distribution to online marketing channels via the tech platform Leonardo, which was recently bought by Jonas Software, which has put together a hospitality technology company through acquisitions of Leonardo, MSI, Springer-Miller, and BookAssist. Lisa Diederich / Bobby Hotel

Skift Take: The hotel tech group that Jonas Hospitality has put together through acquisitions of Leonardo, MSI, Springer-Miller, and BookAssist is admittedly small. But its creation says a lot about the pressures to consolidate in hotel tech. Experts debate the pros and cons of such roll-ups.

— Sean O’Neill

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Hotels Should Be Careful Not to Underestimate the Impact of the U.S. Government Shutdown

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An historic clock tower at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The partial U.S. government shutdown at area hotels has taken a toll. Bloomberg

Skift Take: As yet another day is added to the shutdown, the impact is felt more deeply. If hotels are forced to send employees home, even more Americans will miss out on paychecks.

— Isaac Carey

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TSA Airport Screener Absences Reach 10 Percent as Shutdown Drags On

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TSA screeners aren’t being paid through the government shutdown. Many are no longer coming to work. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Except at a few U.S. airports, lines have been moving quickly, despite fewer screeners showing up. But this can’t last forever. Ten percent of all screeners didn’t come to work on Sunday, and that number is increasing each day. Things could get bad.

— Brian Sumers

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Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

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Will Artificial Intelligence lead to autonomous planes. Airbus thinks it could. Pictured is the cockpit of an Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Bloo

Skift Take: Airbus acknowledges that the “explainability” of artificial intelligence is an impediment to getting regulators to sign off on certain products. Passengers will definitely need some very good explainers, too.

— Dennis Schaal

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Bangkok Airways Officials Fined After Manipulating the Airline’s Stock Price

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Bangkok Airport as seen on February 16, 2016. Bangkok Airways officials were penalized for manipulating the airline’s stock price. PercyGermany / Flickr.com

Skift Take: No one at Bangkok Airways investor relations was picking up the phone on Saturday. If someone had picked up the phone the answer might have been, “Um, I don’t know but I’m sure Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth will get back to you.”

— Dennis Schaal

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Global Tourism Growth Slowed in 2018 But Arrivals Still Hit 1.4 Billion

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The Bimmah Sinkhole in Muscat, Oman is shown in this photo from April of 2018. International tourist arrivals grew 10 percent in the Middle East last year. hey tiffany! / Flickr

Skift Take: Travelers are still exploring the world, but growth has cooled slightly. Will 2019 bring a further slowdown, or will the appetite for international travel keep surprising experts?

— Hannah Sampson

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Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

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At this late date, Booking.com had rooms available in Davos for the World Economic Forum after the U.S. pulled out. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The U.S. government would face around $335,000 in hotel cancellation fees for not showing up in Davos, according to a published report. That means there are plenty of rooms still available for last-minute bookers.

— Dennis Schaal

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