Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at the latest innovators of the travel industry, Turkey and the Aegean squabble, and human trafficking in hotels.
Good morning from Skift. It’s Wednesday, July 13 in New York City. Here’s what you need to know about the travel business today.
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The resurgence of travel this summer represents a timely occasion to take a look at the companies that have provided exceptional service for travelers, but which of them has been exceptional? On Experience Columnist Colin Nagy features companies that stand out in the return of his two-time look at the biggest travel innovators.
As Nagy writes, the distance between very good and very good is quite far, she lists brands, ideas and services that have caught her attention. She also reviews memorable experiences from her travels, such as the most beautiful hotel owners she has ever met and the most enjoyable conversations she has had. Nagy said discussing topics like Japan and hospitality in general with renowned hotelier Philippe Roux-Dessarps on a visit to Greece was an indelible moment.
Next, Greece and Turkey have long been sparring over claims to sovereignty around the Aegean Sea. But Turkey’s newly released TurkAegean tourism campaign has exacerbated tensions between the two countries, Asia Editor Peden Doma Bhutia wrote.
Greece views the TurkAegean campaign as another Turkish attempt to legitimize maritime zones and islands in the Aegean Sea as its territory, Bhutia reports. In addition, Greek officials objected to the European Union’s intellectual property office allowing Turkey to trademark the term TurkAegean. However, Ufuk Secgin, chief marketing officer of travel booking site HalalBooking, acknowledged that travel companies have long used the term Turkish Aegean – as well as the Greek Aegean.
Bhutia wrote about the tourism marketing dispute between Greece and Turkey that became a geopolitical affair ahead of the 2023 elections in both countries, adding that every ruling government party could use the controversy to drum up the supports.
Finally, hotels play a big role in the dark world of human trafficking, a topic Skift has reported on in the past. But three hotel companies are taking steps to support human trafficking survivors with a combined $ 1 million donation, Contributor Sonia Menken reports.
The American Hotel and Lodging Association announced this week that it has received a donation from Motel 6 parent G6 Hospitality, Extended Stay America and Hyatt Hotels to launch the No Room for Trafficking Survivors Fund. The AHLA-run foundation is committed to providing financial support to survivors and raising awareness about human trafficking. There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.
Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality, said the donation will also go to training hotel employees to better recognize the signs of human trafficking. However, Skift reported that there is little evidence that interventions such as company -wide training and raising public awareness result in lower trafficking rates.