The State of Short-Term Rentals

As the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a sharp decline for both the rapidly expanding urban short-term rental market and the prospects of a busy summer vacation rental season, how can players both large and small across alternative-accommodations best balance find resilience in this time? How can platforms best balance the needs of both guests and hosts, following more consistent policy enforcement?

Join Skift editors and research analysts, along with leaders in short-term rental ecosystem to discuss how the crisis has impacted the business landscape and how to prepare for the key challenges ahead.

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Skift Daily Briefing May 5, 2020

We are excited to share another update from the Skift Daily Briefing. Our daily podcast tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon.

Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms.

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How Much Are Airlines Losing Now?

For this week’s episode of Skift Airline Weekly Lounge, Skift Airline Weekly editor Madhu Unnikrishnan was joined by Skift Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers to discuss first quarter earnings — and why they are likely the best numbers airlines will see for all of 2020.

Dive deeper with the latest issue of Skift Airline Weekly

Bonus Episode: Skift Daily Briefing 12/10/19

We are excited to share another update from the Skift Daily Briefing. Our daily podcast tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon.

This month, the podcast is presented by Starbucks. 

Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms.

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Bonus Episode: Skift Daily Briefing 11/7/19

We are excited to share Skift Daily Briefing, a daily podcast that tells listeners what they need to know about the top travel stories in just under four minutes. It’s available every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET on podcast apps from Apple, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Stitcher, and more, as well as smart speakers powered by Google and Amazon.

This month, the podcast is presented by Porsche. Introducing the new Porsche 911. Timeless machine. Learn more at PorscheUSA.com/NEW911

Thank you for listening — and reading — and stay tuned as we continue to grow and deliver the news you need on more platforms.

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Why Travel Should Be Optimistic About 2019

The stock market has been on a wild ride; the U.S. government was partially shut down for more than a month; and recession worries are impossible to shake. So 2019 should be a terrible year for the travel industry, right?

Wrong, according to our experts, Skift Senior Research Analysts Rebecca Stone and Seth Borko. In fact, they insist there’s room for optimism in the coming year.

A few reasons why: Consumer confidence is high; U.S. corporations are spending on capital projects; airline earnings have been largely positive; and international markets are growing, albeit at a slower pace.

This episode of the Skift Podcast dives into the economic outlook for travel in 2019: the good signs, the risks, and the reasons you shouldn’t panic.

Our conversation took the form of a Skift Call in mid-January, featuring Stone, Borko, and Skift Executive Editor Dennis Schaal.

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Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019

It’s an annual tradition here at Skift: The editorial staff gets together to talk and talk and talk about what we see as the biggest emerging travel industry trends for the coming year.

We call these our Megatrends, because they’re just that big, and this year we have 12 in our annual magazine. We like to introduce them to the world by highlighting a handful of these travel trends in front of a crowd; this year, we’re doing that in 10 cities around the world.

The first took place in mid-January in New York City, and we recorded that event. This episode of the Skift podcast focuses on the Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019. Some of those trends include travel brands giving more control to consumers; the appeal of undertourism; the way lines are being blurred in hospitality; the rise of wellness marketing in travel; and Google’s domination of local discovery.

We had a lineup of Skift all-stars presenting: Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill, Research Director Haixia Wang, Senior Editor Andrew Sheivachman, Senior Hospitality Editor Deanna Ting, Executive Editor Dennis Schaal, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Jason Clampet, Founder and CEO Rafat Ali, and Senior Enterprise Editor Hannah Sampson.

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The Next Big Challenges for Low-Cost Airlines

Everyone is familiar by now with the low-cost carrier success stories: Ryanair, Southwest, easyJet, Wizz Air, and others with similar models are among the most profitable in the industry.

But low-cost doesn’t necessarily equal high-profit. It’s a tale of two types of flights: short-haul, which is a moneymaker for budget airlines, and long-haul, which has been a big loser.

This episode of the Skift Podcast explores the next big challenge for low-cost airlines: how to make long-haul flights make money.

This podcast was also our opportunity to showcase a new addition to the Skift family, the 14-year-old newsletter Airline WeeklySeth Kaplan, the publication’s editor, joined Skift Senior Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers to tackle the low-cost question.

They discussed the reasons low-cost short-haul flights are so profitable, and why that success doesn’t often translate to longer routes. They also dug into which budget airlines might try long-haul next — and who definitely will not.

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Travel’s Tough Truths and Inspirations

Skift has never been shy about provoking our readers, and one recent story — The 21 Uncomfortable Truths That I Have Learned About the Travel Industry – certainly did that job. It was the musing of Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali, timed to run as the company marked its sixth year.

The response, as Ali has noted, was overwhelming. “Awesome truth bombs,” one person wrote on LinkedIn. Others were less enamored. As a follow-up, Ali recently wrote a love letter of sorts to travel, naming 25 things that inspire him about the industry.

On this episode of the Skift podcast, we talk about uncomfortable and occasionally unpopular observations about travel. Are industry associations useless? Is domestic travel ignored? Why, for the love of god, is MICE a term that the industry has embraced? (We’ll also touch on the inspiring stuff, like travel’s role in creating a global middle class.)

Our guests were Ali and co-founder Jason Clampet, who is also general manager of Skift Table.

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