Travel industry intelligence platform Skift launched five years ago, when the hospitality industry was different, in the year when, for the first time, one billion people travelled internationally.

This article sums up a few of the biggest changes the platform has witnessed and commentated on, including a wave of consolidation in the online travel world that’s led to Priceline Group, Expedia and Ctrip; Airbnb and the reshaping of vacation rentals; Lonely Planet and the BBC; online travel, and boutique hotels; pilot shortages worldwide; how well thought out purchases of travel giants by one another have been; and the real impact on the ground.

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