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Airbnb Posts $1.2 Billion Loss and Turns Attention to Expected Supply-Demand Mismatch

Airbnb beat analysts’ expectation on revenue, which rose 5 percent in the first quarter to $887 million. While Airbnb was in positive territory in the first quarter in part because of its focus on short-term rentals, Expedia Group and Booking’s revenue plummeted 44 percent and and 50 percent, respectively.Dennis Schaal (Skift)

52 Places to Love in 2021

We asked readers to tell us about the spots that have delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year. Here, 52 of the more than 2,000 suggestions we received, to remind us that the world still awaits.New York Times

The Chinese noodle dish whose name doesn’t exist

In past centuries, Shaanxi’s biang biang noodles were little more than a humble local dish, mostly consumed by time-strapped workers who didn’t have occasion to artfully pull thin noodles. Compared to other noodle varieties from north-west China, biang biang were less known outside of Xi’an. But they were a comforting and beloved staple among locals, for whom the backstory and written character were common knowledge.Megan Zhang (BBC)

The huge Covid-test price differences at airports around the world

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Emirates boss predicts quick bounceback for aviation

I’m very optimistic about what’s likely to happen during the course of the back three calendar months of this year.Tim Clark (Emirates)

Air France-KLM Secures $4.7 Billion From French Government

The French government will convert a $3.55 billion loan extended to the group last year into a hybrid instrument and commit up to an additional $1.18 billion to a planned share issue, raising its stake in Air France-KLM to almost 30 percent.Laurence Frost and Dominique Vidalon (Reuters)

How Bad Was 2020 for Tourism? Look at the Numbers.

Around the world, international arrivals are estimated to have dropped to 381 million in 2020, down from 1.461 billion in 2019 — a 74 percent decline. In countries whose economies are heavily reliant on tourism, the precipitous drop in visitors was, and remains, devastating.Stephen Hiltner and Lalena Fisher (New York Times)

Trang: the Thai city obsessed with breakfast

The people of Trang have a reputation as serious eaters. People elsewhere in Thailand eat three maybe four times per day, but people in Trang eat nine times a day!Austin Bush (BBC)

‘Travel is coming back,’ says Airbnb, as it beats revenue estimates in first earnings

We will see a shift from mass travel to meaningful travel. And with more people working from home, there will be more flexibility around where and when they travel.Airbnb

What it’s like to have a ski resort to yourself

In France, ski resorts are open for visitors to come and enjoy the mountains, but the lifts remain closed. To fill the potential chasm in the resort economies, marketing teams have been busy on social media trying to lure tourists with the attractions of fresh air, stunning scenery, mountain walks and alpine ambiance.Rob Hodgetts (CNN)

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