Digital. Season 3, Episode 2. The Top 10 Travel News Stories of the Week: Day In, Day Out

Digital. The Top 10 Travel News Stories of the Week: Day In, Day Out

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  1. Marriott CEO, Arne M. Sorenson, passed away on February 15, 2021. In May 2019, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sorenson recently said he would temporarily reduce his schedule to facilitate more “demanding” treatment for his cancer.
  2. Google will pay a €1.1 million fine in France over misleading star ratings for hotels. According to TechCrunch, “Google’s concept of a five-star hotel was not the same as the Atout France version,” and the presentation could be “confusing for consumers.” Google has now changed its hotel star ratings in France, displaying the official ratings instead.
  3. The UK competition watchdog will take legal action against Lastminute.com unless it pays more than £1M in refunds within the next seven days to 2,600 customers whose holidays were canceled because of COVID-19.
  4. Expedia Group has removed Vrbo from Google’s vacation rental metasearch product. Expedia Group CEO, Peter Kern, stated he “didn’t find investment in the Google vacation rental product particularly incremental.”
  5. Travel + Leisure Co. launched a new online booking platform called BookTandL.com.
  6. Tripadvisor revenue plummeted 61% in 2020.
  7. According to Expedia’s 2021 Travel Trends Report, around half of Americans will be more likely to travel when a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available.
  8. According to a Crypto Research report, bitcoin will be worth $397,000 in 2030.
  9. Accor partnered with Microsoft to launch “All Connect.” Supported by Microsoft Teams, “All Connect” will enable hybrid meetings. Accor plans to 100% comply with the new hybrid standard by 2022.
  10. I gave an interview to Startup.info on how #COVID19 affected our industry. It can be read here: https://startup.info/simone-puorto-travel-singularity/

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