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Skift Daily Travel Briefing

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. Presented by Brand USA Published Tuesday through Friday by 5am ET. For ongoing coverage, please visit


Last Episode Date: 24 May 2024

Total Episodes: 834

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24 May 2024
What We Learned From Testing the Updated AI Chatbots

Presented by BrandUSA Episode Notes OpenAI, Google and Meta have big plans for AI chatbots that can serve as personal assistants for travelers. Travel Technology Reporter Justin Dawes provides takeaways after reviewing the latest updates. OpenAI is releasing new voice trans...

3 min
23 May 2024
Are Airbnbs Cheaper Than Hotels?

Presented by BrandUSA Episode Notes Airbnb recently said its average daily rates can be cheaper than those of hotels. But there are lot of factors to consider, reports Executive Editor Dennis Schaal. The company said the average daily rate in March of a one-bedroom Airbnb wo...

3 min
22 May 2024
5 Countries With Booming Tourism Industries

The World Economic Forum recently released its 2024 Travel & Tourism Index. Global Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam and Senior Hospitality Editor Sean O’Neill profile five countries the organization named as among the most-improved economies for enabling travel and t...

3 min
21 May 2024
Marriott vs. Hilton's Fight Over Hotel Fees

Episode Notes Marriott and Hilton are in fierce competition regarding the growth of their portfolios and loyalty programs. But Marriott is the clear winner in terms of fees earned from services for hotel owners, writes Senior Hospitality Editor Sean O’Neill in this week’...

3 min
17 May 2024
Airlines Get a Boost From Business Travel's Comeback

Episode Notes Airlines have recently gotten a big boost from a segment many airlines thought would continue to struggle — business travel, writes Airlines Reporter Meghna Maharishi.  Delta Air Lines said corporate bookings were up 14% in the first quarter. Delta President...

3 min
16 May 2024
Gen Z Travelers Boost Hotel Revenue

Episode Notes This year’s Summer Olympics are boosting short-term rental bookings in Paris, writes Reporter Elizabeth Casolo.  Short-term rental bookings in Paris between July 26 through August 11 are up 46% compared to the prior two weeks, according to data analytics fir...

3 min
15 May 2024
Google's AI-Powered Trip Planning Updates

Episode Notes Google is going deeper into the AI-powered trip planning world. The tech giant is adding itinerary-building capabilities on Gemini Advanced, its paid generative AI chatbot, writes Travel Technology Reporter Justin Dawes. Google Vice President Sissie Hsiao said ...

2 min
14 May 2024
AI-Powered Travel Updates Will Make Translation Easier

Episode Notes Travelers could have easy access to a robotic voice translator thanks to updates to ChatGPT. An OpenAI presentation explained how ChatGPT could serve as a human speech translator, the most significant travel-related feature in several updates unveiled on Monda...

3 min
10 May 2024
Airlines' Frequent Flyer Programs Face Scrutiny

Episode Notes The U.S. government is investigating whether airlines have devalued frequent flyer miles, which would make booking reward tickets more difficult for customers, writes Airlines Reporter Meghna Maharishi.  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra said a...

2 min
9 May 2024
Airbnb's Ready to Accelerate International Expansion

Episode Notes Airbnb is ramping up its plans for international expansion. The short-term rental giant is looking to grow significantly beyond its five biggest markets, writes Executive Editor Dennis Schaal.  CEO Brian Chesky said during its first-quarter earnings call that ...

2 min
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