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Travel Industry Taking Steps Toward Diversity

The travel industry is resolving its diversity issue with slow steps—but steps in the right direction, nonetheless. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, 59 percent of hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks were ...

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Retail Sales Driven by Travel

U.S. retails sales did not move much in July, but Americans continue to splurge on travel. Last month, travel expenditures rose 8.6 percent over July 2015. While business travel demand is slowing, leisure demand remains a driving force in the ...

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Data Breach Impacts Major Hotel Chains

HEI Hotels & Resorts today reported that several of its properties may have experienced a security breach that could have affected customer card information at point-of-sale terminals. Affected hotels include Hyatt, Marriott, and Starwood properties. The incident has been contained. To read ...

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OTAs Fight Against Direct Booking Push

In response to major hotel companies’ direct booking push, Priceline and Expedia, two of the largest OTAs, are fighting back by making some brands more difficult to find on their websites, according to industry experts. This practice, called “dimming,” means ...

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European Travel Prevails Despite Terror

Despite terrorism and political instability, Europe’s biggest travel group TUI said it is on course for at least 10 percent underlying profit growth in the current financial year. According to the company, 2 million customers have changed their typical travel ...

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Direct Booking Value Nearly Double That of Third Parties

As of late, many major hotel companies have been encouraging would-be guests to book direct. And this push is paying off, according to a new study from SiteMinder. Poring over 43.5 million reservations, SiteMinder found that the average reservation made ...

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