Rashaad Jorden

Rashaad covers tour operators and travel advisors. Before finding his way to Skift, he bounced around the U.S., France, Japan and UK. He greatly misses the all-you-can-eat Vegetarian curry at his favorite restaurant in Japan. He is also adept at running half-marathons and, despite living in New Jersey, rues the fact he doesn't spend enough time on the Jersey Shore.

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Business Travel

Microsoft Ups Its Own Carbon Penalty and More Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Microsoft increases its internal penalty for business travel carbon emissions, large numbers of Russians head to Dubai and Maldives, and U.S. airlines struggle to fill pilot shortages.

Microsoft Ups Its Own Carbon Penalty and More Top Stories This Week

Transport

Travel Less and Carpool More, Global Energy Group Recommends

Several of the recommendations put forth by the International Energy Agency to reduce oil usage might be popular with consumers. However, one of the last things so many people thrilled by the large-scale easing of Covid measures worldwide want to do is travel less.

Travel Less and Carpool More, Global Energy Group Recommends

Airlines

Delta Air Lines to Raise Pay by 4 Percent for Almost All Staff

Delta hasn't offered raises in two years so this decision is long overdue — and most probably necessary when the labor market is so tight. It doesn't hurt that the least unionized major airline in the U.S. can do this without protracted tussles with labor leaders.

Delta Air Lines to Raise Pay by 4 Percent for Almost All Staff

Business Travel

Study Abroad Providers Plot Future for Russia Programs

Although several study abroad providers want to return to Russia in the near future, they'll only be able to do so when the country loses its status as an international pariah. That's not happening anytime soon. Here is their alternative thinking right now.

Study Abroad Providers Plot Future for Russia Programs

Tourism

New Zealand to Accelerate Border Reopening After 2 Years of Closure

Although news of New Zealand's long-awaited reopening provided an immediate boost to the country's airline and travel stocks, the country still has a long road to reaching pre-Covid tourism metrics. Especially as it's uncertain when visitors from the lucrative Chinese market will return.

New Zealand to Accelerate Border Reopening After 2 Years of Closure

Tourism

Top Ukraine Tourism Official Pleads With Industry to Tighten Tourniquet on Russia

The travel industry needs to play an important role in combating Russia's aggression in Ukraine, but its power should be deployed immediately and in a unified manner to punish Russia.

Top Ukraine Tourism Official Pleads With Industry to Tighten Tourniquet on Russia

Tourism

Europe’s December Tourism Surge Still Falls Short of Pre-Covid Levels

Despite the tourism surge, the European Union won't get close to a complete recovery anytime soon — especially as the war in Ukraine is making travel from outside the bloc more complicated.

Europe’s December Tourism Surge Still Falls Short of Pre-Covid Levels

Online Travel

Ukraine Airbnb Bookers Get Duped and More Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, money from Airbnb bookings meant to support Ukraine is often going to hosts outside of the country, several hotel giants freeze development plans in Russia, and United Airlines is worried about the prospect of higher oil prices.

Ukraine Airbnb Bookers Get Duped and More Top Stories This Week

Hotels

Hilton and Marriott Downplay Potential Ukraine War Impact on Business

Although several hotel executives don't view the war in Ukraine as a drag on European hotel performance at the moment, their tune could change if the conflict continues to makes travel to Europe more difficult.

Hilton and Marriott Downplay Potential Ukraine War Impact on Business

Airlines

American Airlines AAdvantage Chief on the New Simplicity in Loyalty

During the pandemic, American Airlines altered its frequent flyer programs, recognizing that the program had become too complicated and also that credit card use — not air travel — provides the bulk of the income.

American Airlines AAdvantage Chief on the New Simplicity in Loyalty