Skift Daily Travel Briefing
Skift Daily Travel Briefing

Skift Daily Travel Briefing

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Everything you need to know about the business of travel today. Each episode covers new travel stories from Skift's editorial team. Listen to the latest developments at hotels, airlines, destinations, online booking sites, and more. Published Tuesday through Friday by 5am ET. For ongoing coverage, please visit Skift.com/news.

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Hilton, Travel and Leisure, and Marriott Timeshare Results
MAR 1, 2024
Hilton, Travel and Leisure, and Marriott Timeshare Results
Timeshare operator rivals Hilton Grand Vacations, Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Travel and Leisure Company have all reported financial results recently. Senior Hospitality Editor Sean O’Neill delves into those reports to search for broader trends in the segment.  HGV executives said they’ve seen more consumers hesitant to agree to deals in part because of inflation. However, O’Neill notes that HGV has actually had to deal with more demand than the group can efficiently handle. Meanwhile, both Travel and Leisure and Marriott Vacations have seen business boom, with each company generating at least $3.5 billion in net revenue last year. Next, Airlines Editor Gordon Smith lists three takeaways from Air France-KLM Group’s full-year results. Smith notes geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Africa have hurt the supergroup’s profitability. KLM has yet to resume service to Israel. Meanwhile, instability in several West African countries has impacted Air France’s bottom line. However, group CEO Ben Smith said Air France might see a slight bump in the amount it earns from each passenger flown during this year’s Paris Olympics.  Ben Smith added that the surge in premium leisure travel could make up for any weakness in business travel.  Finally, Visit California is launching its first tourism campaign in a decade as part of the state’s efforts to reintroduce itself to travelers, writes Global Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam. The roughly $33 million campaign — titled “The Ultimate Playground” — is looking to remind travelers about the Golden State’s abundance of activities. Habtemariam notes Visit California hadn’t been able to market itself extensively during the pandemic, when the state’s image took a hit due to widespread coverage of issues such as urban crime and wildfires. 
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