Hopper’s new leave-for-any-reason option and other top stories this week

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In Skift’s top stories this week, Hopper’s decision to allow customers to leave the hotel for any reason will have consequences, hotels are increasingly offering electric vehicles and Denver is emerging as a new tech hub.

Maria Ann Ha

Day and night throughout the week, we publish original stories about news and travel trends, including the impact of the coronavirus. Every weekend we offer you the chance to re-read the most important stories in case you missed them earlier.

Hopper makes customers pay a fee to leave the hotel after check-in for any reason: Hopper’s hotel offer for leaving the hotel for any reason seems attractive to many guests, but it can also cause headaches for hotels and are vulnerable to abuse be.

Germany’s good intentions of a €9 discount transit pass could backfire: Germany wants more people to use a €9 pass to travel by train and bus this summer. However, an increase in ridership may hit the physical limits of the country’s transportation infrastructure.

New Philippine Tourism Campaign Gives Props to Local Workers: The Philippine Ministry of Tourism’s latest video is the epitome of “talking about creative advertising” — artists sculpt their bodies into birds, mountains, waterfalls and oceans to remind tourists that behind all workers is the tourism experience have and that they deserve recognition.

Brightline Aims to Serve Holiday Travelers to Orlando by Christmas Brightline supporter Fortress Investment is confident trains will roll into Orlando in time for the Christmas holidays, albeit potentially without passengers.

Gas prices are sending hotels into overdrive to accommodate electric vehicles: Market considerations are giving hotels a unique opportunity to lead the way in meeting consumer needs – and efficiency.

Hospitality company HHM buys Urgo Hotels & Resorts: Expect more mergers between hotel management companies until about 10 companies remain for North America’s most competitive markets.

Airbnb and Marriott almost signed a deep partnership agreement around 2015: Marriott might have made a great investment if it had bought part of Airbnb in 2015. Ultimately, Marriott decided to start their own business, Homes & Villas.

The new CEO of TUI Musement seeks to use the operator’s legacy to gain an advantage in tours and activities: TUI Musement is a climber in tours and activities due to the parent company’s large base and knows how to run a tour. Now it has to master the digital challenge.

Denver is emerging as Travel Tech’s Hot New Hub: tech clusters are hard to build and make life easier for startups as they emerge. The CEO of a new company that makes tech for Airbnb owners says he left San Francisco because he found one in the Rockies. He’s not alone.

Hotels Scramble to Overcome Labor Shortage: Although hotel CEOs have done their best to be optimistic, the industry is being plagued by unprecedented post-pandemic problems.

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