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Who’s Really Winning the Direct Booking Wars Between Hotels and Online Travel Agencies?


An XYZ lounge at an Aloft Hotel. Hotel brands and online travel agencies both remain focused on getting more respective direct bookings from consumers. Marriott

Skift Take: Arguments can be made for a number of sides, but the truth is there’s no true winner or loser here, if we’re being totally honest.

— Deanna Ting

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The AOC Effect Comes to Travel, Whether You Like It or Not


Green New Deal co-sponsors U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey discussing the Green New Deal. Bloomberg

Skift Take: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal have stirred up debate about the path toward a sustainable travel future. She’s right on time — and hopefully not too late.

— Dennis Schaal

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Marriott’s Growing Pains and 10 Other Hospitality Trends This Week


Marriott Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe, CA. In February Marriott kicked off a new marketing campaign for its loyalty program Bonvoy. Marriott

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Marriott divulges the financial impact of its data breach and recent labor strikes, while hotel CEOs explore their mixed feelings around alternative accommodations. Plus, Marriott tries to turn “Bonvoy” into a greeting.

— Isaac Carey

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American Airlines May Fly to Africa and India and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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American Airlines Boeing 787. The airline will expand service to Africa and India once its second batch of the Dreamliners arrives in 2020. Steve Lynes / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, American Airlines plans to use a new batch of Dreamliners to expand its routes, Delta and other U.S. airlines jostle for spots in Tokyo’s very profitable Haneda airport, and Star Alliance may bulk up its loyalty program with non-airline perks.

— Isaac Carey

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SeaWorld’s Rebound and 3 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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The Kraken roller coaster at SeaWorld. After years of disappointing results, the theme park is starting to recover. Josh Hallett / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, SeaWorld adds new roller coasters as it climbs back from the Blackfish scandal, the trade war with China hurts U.S. tourism, and destinations emphasize their health-oriented attractions as wellness tourism takes over.

— Isaac Carey

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How a Performance Artist Is Helping a D.C. Hotel Be a Hub of Culture

Eaton Workshop

The Eaton Workshop Hotel in D.C., shown here, is pursuing a unique strategy that includes hiring a director of culture. Eaton Workshop

Skift Take: It’s not unusual for hotels to talk about how they curate local culture into the experience. But a new hotel in Washington, D.C. is not just talking the talk, but walking the walk with this job.

— Laura Powell

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