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Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech Near Popular Tourist Site

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech Near Popular Tourist Site

Reda Zaireg , Associated Press

Marrakech is already rich in artistic attractions, but this museum could become an icon like its namesake. It's off to a good start by giving visitors more to do than just tour the galleries.

2 days ago

5 Questions on the Latest Laptop Ban Proposal

5 Questions on the Latest Laptop Ban Proposal

Jean Lowy, Associated Press

Experts said it was dangerous for flyers to check their laptops during the first international laptop ban. The U.S. government has now reversed its stance, but it seems implausible that international aviation authorities will take action.

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Priceline Invests $450 Million in Chinese E-Commerce and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Priceline Invests $450 Million in Chinese E-Commerce and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week's digital news revolved around funding. Priceline invested $450 million in Chinese e-commerce, vacation rental property management company Vacasa raised $103 million, and travel startup incubators are booming.

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High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

Associated Press

Building high-speed rail is a terribly slow process in the U.S., but this 15-minute stretch between Baltimore and D.C. is a good start. It would be welcome news for day-trippers and business travelers. But extending it to New York? Now we're talking.

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Airbnb Co-Founder Named Chairman of Airbnb China and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Co-Founder Named Chairman of Airbnb China and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week Airbnb had our attention, and its attention was on China as it chose a new chairman for the country. The homesharing giant also returned to affiliate partnerships and debuted new vacation rental tools.

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Airbus Plans To Make Bombardier’s New Aircraft a ‘Made in America’ Jet

Airbus Plans To Make Bombardier’s New Aircraft a ‘Made in America’ Jet

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Airbus estimates it'll cost "a few hundred million dollars" to construct another Alabama assembly line to build C Series jets. But that's relatively minor compared to how much revenue it can generate by selling the modern aircraft to U.S. airlines. Plus, it might steal share from its archival, Boeing.

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Trump Travel Ban Prohibition Extended by Hawaii Judge

Trump Travel Ban Prohibition Extended by Hawaii Judge

Associated Press

The temporary restraining order is now a preliminary injunction against President Trump's third travel ban. But these legal maneuverings are all preliminary decisions because higher courts will inevitably deal with the issue.

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Internet Billionaires Are Playing a Game of Chess With Uber and Lyft as Pawns

Internet Billionaires Are Playing a Game of Chess With Uber and Lyft as Pawns

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

The battle for the future or transportation — self-driving cars included — looks like it'll be a dramatic one as these tech billionaires duke it out via their deep pockets.

3 days ago

Florida Keys Officials Hope Fantasy Fest Brings a Post-Irma Tourism Boost

Florida Keys Officials Hope Fantasy Fest Brings a Post-Irma Tourism Boost

Associated Press

Hurricane Irma hurt tourism in the Florida Keys, but Key West reopened to visitors fairly quickly. With Fantasy Fest, an iconic annual event, the city gets to show tourists that it is back on its feet.

3 days ago

Why Do Airlines Still Make Passengers Check In for Flights?

Why Do Airlines Still Make Passengers Check In for Flights?

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

Let's remember that this is not a new concept. Continental Airlines introduced automatic check-in about a decade ago, and while some customers liked it, it did not make travel more enjoyable for most travelers.

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Indonesia is Building New Bali-Like Destinations to Lure More Chinese Tourists

Indonesia is Building New Bali-Like Destinations to Lure More Chinese Tourists

Karlis Salna, Bloomberg

Bali has a history of over-developing its environment and slowly eroding the peace and tranquility many tourists go there for. More development won't solve that problem but perhaps the government can learn from past mistakes.

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IHG Is Planning to Create a New Luxury Brand

IHG Is Planning to Create a New Luxury Brand

Patrick Whyte, Skift

IHG has fewer brands in its portfolio compared to most of its competitors, so adding a couple more makes sense.

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