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News and tidbits from the travel industry

A CEO’s Love Letter to Travel

As the final weeks of summer in the Northern Hemisphere race to a close, I can’t help but think of a travel season coming to an end with far too little travel having occurred.Arne Sorenson (Marriott)

The surprising truth about pavlova’s origins

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.Angela Saurine (BBC)

737 Max: House blames Boeing, FAA for mistakes that led to crashes

Boeing failed in its design and development of the Max, and the Federal Aviation Agency failed in its oversight of Boeing and its certification of the aircraft.House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Pressure grows for London to New York ‘air corridor’

Senior aviation bosses, including Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye, say quarantine measures have hung the ‘Closed’ sign on Britain and are costing the economy £60million a day in lost foreign visitor spending.Tom Payne (Daily Mail)

Global tourism lost £245bn in five months due to coronavirus, says UN chief

Sandra Carvao, the UN World Tourism Organisation’s chief of market intelligence and competitiveness, said the $320bn (£244.5bn) in lost exports from January through May is three times what was lost during the year 2009 at the height of the last global financial crisis.AP (The Independent)

What Would an IHG-Accor Merger Look Like Anyway?

The thing with the airline industry is profitability got quite low, and it needed to merge and consolidate. I don’t think we’re there in the hotel industry. It’s still possible for a good, small, single hotel to be profitable.Richard Clarke (Bernstein)

The travel industry will survive COVID-19, but with big changes

It’s clear that the lower-priced chains—the economy, budget, and midscale hotels—are doing better. Some of that is locational: A lot of those hotels are at airports, around airports, and on the interstates, so that means that they’re accommodating people who are moving around. But over the next six- to 12-month period, you’re going to see a bit of a barbell recovery, where lower-tier, lower-price hotels will be doing well, and then you will have luxury hotels doing well once air travel starts to free up a little bit.Mark Hoplamazian (Hyatt Hotels)

How a South Korean comfort food went global

For those quarantined in South Korea, ready-made budae-jjigae packages, as well as packaged kimchi, ramen and spam, have been common items in quarantine meal kits delivered by local government offices.Hahna Yoon (BBC)

Google Maps updates with a ‘more vibrant’ appearance

Google has used a new colour-mapping algorithmic technique to make the service, which launched 15 years ago, visually richer. Previously, the colour coding on Maps was largely limited to green and brown, with lightly shaded areas to denote urban centres. For the update, Google has used computer vision to identify natural features from satellite imagery, looking specifically at arid, icy, forested, and mountainous regions. It’s then analysed these features and assigned them a range of colours on the HSV (hue, saturation, value) colour model.Jonathan Chadwick (Daily Mail)

Airbnb, a ‘Sharing Economy’ Pioneer, Files to Go Public

Airbnb takes a cut of the stays and activities that its rental operators book. It has come closer to turning a profit than Uber or WeWork — until the coronavirus evaporated more than $1 billion of bookings almost overnight. In the spring, Airbnb projected its revenue for 2020 would drop to half of the $4.8 billion it brought in last year. The company quickly cut costs, raised emergency funding, laid off almost 2,000 employees and shelved its plans to go public.Erin Griffith (New York Times)

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