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Cape Verde Offers Visa-Free Travel for EU Citizens in Bid to Boost Tourism

Cape Verde Offers Visa-Free Travel for EU Citizens in Bid to Boost Tourism

Ana Monteiro, Bloomberg

Cape Verde has extensive public debt, and tourism represents a way to help ease the financial burden on its government and bring jobs to its residents.

38 mins ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Asks Trump for New Civil Rights National Monument

U.S. Interior Secretary Asks Trump for New Civil Rights National Monument

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

With national monument status, the Medgar Evers home could enjoy higher visitation and enrich Visit Mississippi's tourism assets, along with the forthcoming civil rights museum.

3 hours ago

Norwegian Air’s CEO Dismisses Concerns Over Its Financial Stability

Norwegian Air’s CEO Dismisses Concerns Over Its Financial Stability

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

While the Ryanair CEO's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt, there are plenty of others worried about whether Norwegian can continue with its aggressive expansion. We'll know for sure if and when the operating environment takes a turn for the worse.

4 hours ago

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Skift Trends Report: Understanding Travel Risk Perceptions & Realities

Skift Trends Report: Understanding Travel Risk Perceptions & Realities

Allianz Worldwide Partners + Skift

Major storms. Political unrest. Military conflict. These are the travel risks that keep us up at night. And, to be certain, they’re obvious and longstanding examples of events that can drive a vacation or a business trip way off course. However, these aren’t the only or the most frequently encountered factors at work in the travel insurance equation.

4 hours ago

Americans Agree That the TSA and U.S. Airports Are Getting Better, Except in New York

Americans Agree That the TSA and U.S. Airports Are Getting Better, Except in New York

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Americans are finally unified on something, and we have the utter incompetence of New York and New Jersey’s hopelessly corrupt Port Authority to thank for this rare moment of bipartisanship.

7 hours ago

Interview: Expedia CEO Sees an Opening With Chatbots to Loosen Google’s Grip on Travel

Interview: Expedia CEO Sees an Opening With Chatbots to Loosen Google’s Grip on Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The online travel environment is transitioning at a hectic pace when you consider mobile and artificial intelligence. Expedia's new CEO, Mark Okerstrom, will have to find a way to chart his company's evolution at an appropriate speed to keep up. It won't always be smooth sailing.

12 hours ago

Ryanair’s Pilot Drama Threatens to Undo Its Goodwill Push

Ryanair’s Pilot Drama Threatens to Undo Its Goodwill Push

Brian Sumers, Skift

Just before this pilot issue broke, Skift went to Europe to speak with Ryanair's chief marketing officer about how he improved the airline's customer service. Recent events will almost certainly set Ryanair back, but we think it can recover — if only because people like cheap fares.

13 hours ago

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world's seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

13 hours ago

Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Event Planning  — Meetings Innovation Report

Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Event Planning — Meetings Innovation Report

Deanna Ting, Skift

Will there ever be a day when last-minute event or meeting RSVPs are a thing of the past? Probably not.

14 hours ago

Chefs+Tech: Resy Partners With Airbnb to Offer Restaurant Reservations to Travelers

Chefs+Tech: Resy Partners With Airbnb to Offer Restaurant Reservations to Travelers

Kristen Hawley, Chefs+Tech

The Resy + Airbnb partnership signals the continued confluence of travel and restaurants. If executed well, it will be big business for restaurants on Resy's platform. Airbnb just announced a partnership with Resy.

15 hours ago

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Facing Billions of Dollars in Damage

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Facing Billions of Dollars in Damage

Michelle Kaske, Brian K. Sullivan and Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

With hits to Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico will have to make a case that it is worthy of the same — or more — support following the devastation. It should mobilize its strong base of tourists as advocates for its cause.

16 hours ago

Some U.S. Lawmakers Balk at Privatizing the Air Traffic Control System

Some U.S. Lawmakers Balk at Privatizing the Air Traffic Control System

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Several major airline CEOs, including American's Doug Parker and JetBlue's Robin Hayes, have been in D.C. this month to offer support for air traffic control reform. And someday, it might even happen. But it does not appear imminent.

18 hours ago