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August 9, 2019

Welcome to your bi-weekly industry round up featuring all the latest industry news and trends from around the world.

The last two weeks has played host to plenty of movers and shakers in the industry with new partnerships, agreements and technology developments. The biggest news from the world of Wyndham was the announcement that Vacasa – North America’s largest vacation rental management platform – plans to purchase Wyndham Vacation Rentals for approximately $162 million. 

And digital continues to be an ongoing theme with new developments in technology coming in thick and fast from around the industry. From smart beach lodges to identity management systems, stakeholders across the travel and hospitality sectors certainly have their fingers on the pulse – important for destinations looking to grow their appeal and arrivals, as we have seen with the revealing of Croatia’s inbound arrivals.

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  • Vacasa agrees to acquire Wyndham Vacation Rentals - Vacasa, North America’s largest vacation rental management platform, has entered into a definitive agreement with Wyndham Destinations to purchase Wyndham Vacation Rentals for approximately $162 million.
  • WTTC, WEF to promote safe and seamless journeys - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) are partnering to help shape the future of how we travel by using digital traveller identity management throughout the whole Travel & Tourism sector. 
  • BA relaunches passenger lounge in San Francisco - British Airways has unveiled its new lounge in San Francisco, the third US lounge to benefit from the airline’s investment plan for its customers, following the recent opening of its First and Club lounge at New York JFK’s Terminal 7.