Every week, we sit down with creatives, executives, and entrepreneurs from across the travel industry to discuss their insights and perspectives on the how and why of travelers’ habits, industry patterns and the seismic changes happening to each.
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Hostels have traditionally been a cheap, barebones option for backpackers and college kids exploring on a tight budget. While they have not always been known for their hipness or creativity, in recent years some companies have pioneered hostels with a focus on design, local flavor, and the kind of social buzz that attracts even non-guests.
On this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about how hostels have evolved, what’s next for the sector and whether they might finally break through in the U.S.
Our guest is Fredrik Korallus, the CEO of Generator Hostels, which describes itself as “Design Led Hostels.” The London-based company has 12 properties around Europe and plans to add its first U.S. site in Miami Beach next year.
He joins Skift podcast host Hannah Sampson and senior editor Greg Oates.
Puerto Rico has long enjoyed a reputation as an easy-to-visit tropical getaway thanks to its status as a U.S. territory. But the news has been bleaker over the last couple of years. First came the debt crisis last year, followed by this year’s spread of Zika. The U.S. declared a public health emergency in August because of the virus; nearly 20,000 people have been infected in Puerto Rico.
On today’s episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about the double whammy blow to tourism in Puerto Rico, what tourism officials have learned about coping with crisis, and how Caribbean destinations are sharing information.
Our guests are Ingrid Rivera, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and Clarisa Jiménez, president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association.
They join Skift podcast host Hannah Sampson and reporter Andrew Sheivachman.
In this special edition of the Skift podcast, we’re taking a look at why small business owners are especially susceptible to experiencing anxiety when considering taking a vacation, as well as some potential solutions.
This podcast is sponsored advertising content produced by SkiftX for the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card from Chase, introducing new benefits that make it even easier for small business owners to take a well-deserved break. All opinions expressed are the speakers’ own.
The average number of vacation days taken by U.S. workers continues to decline — and small business owners are no different. In a recent survey, it was revealed that despite knowing the importance and benefits of completely unplugging from work, only 25 percent of small business owners are actually able to do so. And, even then, nearly three-quarters worry about the work and responsibilities they’re missing during their time off.
Joining us on the podcast are Ida Kroll and Katie Denis. Kroll is an entrepreneur, world traveler, and founder and CEO of Eventland in New York City. Denis is senior program director of Project: Time Off, a U.S. Travel initiative, which aims to shift culture so that time off is not considered frivolous, but rather essential to improving personal health as well as a business investment with proven returns.
For this episode, SkiftX branded content director Kat Townsend sits alongside Skift research director Luke Bujarski.
On today’s episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about trends in hospitality — and hearing directly from some of the industry’s top leaders.
Hotel executives from all over the world were in New York recently for the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, and Skift editors Deanna Ting and Greg Oates recorded interviews on topics including efforts to encourage direct booking, the rise of the sharing economy, the opportunity that awaits in Cuba, how loyalty is evolving, and more.
Ting and Oates join Skift podcast host Hannah Sampson and interviews from Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorenson; Choice Hotels president and chief operating officer Pat Pacious; Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal; AccorHotels CEO of Hotel Services for North and Central America Christophe Alaux; and Red Lion Hotels CEO Greg Mount and chief franchise officer Brian Quinn.
Last year, 75 million international tourists visited the U.S., and spending by domestic and inbound visitors amounted to nearly $950 billion.
But the travel and tourism industry still has challenges, notably fears about terrorism in the wake of attacks in Paris and Brussels and the massacre in Orlando this month — which took place after the recording of this podcast.
On today’s episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking politics: What is the legacy of the Obama administration when it comes to travel, what hasn’t yet been accomplished, and what’s at stake for the industry as the country prepares to elect a new president?
Modern marketing in travel comes with modern difficulties: the rise of social media, new technology, shifting consumer tastes, and uncertainty over what drives the most business.
As part of our CMO interview series, Skift has been talking to chief marketing officers across the travel industry about the challenges they face in their jobs, where they get insights, what helps them make smarter decisions, and what keeps them up at night. On this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re exploring those topics — and hearing firsthand about what works for our guests. Hint: It helps if someone who lives near the city you promote makes a video that goes viral on social media.
With us this week are Rich Fontaine, CMO of small-ship expedition company Lindblad Expeditions, and Noelle LeVeaux, CMO of Visit Dallas. They join Skift podcast host Hannah Sampson and reporter Dan Peltier.
Travel went online 20 years ago, and the industry was never the same.
The new Definitive Oral History of Online Travel, researched and written by Skift news editor Dennis Schaal, features never-before-published stories from the early days that include a surprising amount of back-room drama.
Luckily, Schaal recorded the interviews with early players including Expedia founder Rich Barton, Priceline founder Jay Walker, Expedia, Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, TripAdvisor CEO and co-founder Stephen Kaufer, and Alex Zoghlin, the first employee of Orbitz.
This week on the Skift podcast, Schaal joins host Hannah Sampson — and audio clips from several of those interviews — to talk about the oral history, what surprised him about the project, and what innovations he thinks will shake up the industry next.
Anyone who knows New York City has probably heard of the High Line, a public park created out of an abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan’s west side.
Fifteen years ago the elevated and abandoned railway was slated for demolition, but today, the High Line draws more than seven million visitors a year and is credited with sparking economic activity in the neighborhood worth billions of dollars. In addition to retail and restaurants, a new modern art museum and an outpost of the Standard Hotel chain act as additional anchors. Those numbers are inspiring cities around the world to develop similar “rails-to-trails” projects — or at least think twice before tearing down relics of the industrial past which could easily be turned into magnets for visitors and locals alike.
On this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about the creation of the High Line, its legacy and the quest to create the next big thing in parks.
Today, travelers might still turn to a magazine for help planning a trip. But they are also likely to find inspiration in an Instagram post, Facebook feed, or reality TV show.
For travel publications, that means competition is growing and the days when efforts were focused on a monthly issue are long gone.
There are still subscribers and advertising revenues to consider for those who work in print, but also search engine results, mobile-optimized content, video content, branded content, user-generate content, and a whole universe of social media platforms to grasp.
On this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about the changing role of travel media, how publications are adapting to shifting consumer habits, and what that means to the travel industry as a whole.
Our guests this week are Nathan Lump, editor of Travel + Leisure, and Pavia Rosati, founder and CEO of the travel website Fathom. Both of them bring years of experience on both the print and digital side of travel media at multiple brands and startups.
They join Skift podcast host Hannah Sampson and co-founder and head of content Jason Clampet.