Digital. Season 2, Episode 14. The Top 10 Travel News Stories of the Week: Day In, Day Out
Four (cautiously optimistic) News on COVID-19…
- According to STR, Mainland China’s daily hotel occupancy reached an absolute level of 31.8% on 28 March, up from a low of 7.4% (first week of February).
- According to an MMGY Travel Intelligence survey, 50% of destinations expect to resume their advertising within the next two months.
- To help you spot the first signs of a recovery, D-EDGE created a dynamic report “tracking the bookings and cancellations that have been processed through our systems. You can play with it and select the country and/or specific channel (OTAs, Wholesalers, Direct) you want to monitor”. The report is accessible here.
- McKinsey published a (freely downloadable) briefing on COVID-19, with several recovery scenarios. Get the PDF here.
In Other News
- American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker, candidly admitted he has no idea when the airline industry will start to recover: “I don’t think I know that any better than anyone else. It depends on when our country starts moving again. It depends on when people feel comfortable. It depends on when Disneyland opens and shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, and corporate restrictions on travel are lifted.”
- Due to security concerns, Google decided to ban the video-conferencing service Zoom within its employees. Google spokesperson, Jose Castaneda, stated: “We have long had a policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network. Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees.”
- Meanwhile, Big G. rebranded its Hangouts app to Google Meet. Strange timing…
- To “let you continue digital marketing while avoiding risks,” the Italian metasearch ads platform, AdsHotel, started charging hotels bidding on GHA only after guests check out. “Imagine about travelers that make a booking today for arrival date June,” the company wrote on a recent email sent to its customers, “if the booking will be canceled you pay nothing!”
- U.K. regulator blocked Sabre acquisition of Farelogix. Sabre stated it is “disappointed by the CMA’s findings, particularly in light of the U.S. federal court’s ruling, which found that Sabre’s acquisition of Farelogix is not anti-competitive and should not be prohibited. We are reviewing the CMA’s findings and will carefully consider our options.”
- Accor launched day-use room packages for people who need a private office space for the day. The service is already bookable on ten hotels in Bangkok from 8:00 AMto 8:00 PM.