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The Trump administration’s anti-immigrant stance is filtering down into the hospitality industry. Big companies will probably be alright, but smaller operators will find things much tougher if they can’t bring in staff from overseas.

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The Skift New Luxury column is our weekly column focused on the business of selling luxury travel, the people and companies creating and selling experiences, emerging trends, and the changing consumer habits around the sector.

Travel and tourism don’t exist in a vacuum. No matter how good your latest campaign or new hotel is, politics, economics, or another outside actor has the power to derail any project.

In many instances it’s not the big companies that suffer most. Rather it’s the smaller independent operators who take the hit, and this week we have a story illustrating that very point. Immigration is a key issue for President Trump and his supporters, and this is now filtering down into the luxury hospitality industry, thanks to restrictions on short-term visas.

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— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

6 Looks at Luxury

Small Luxury Resorts Caught Up in Immigration Clampdown: While those on H-2B visas are simply guest workers, they’re getting ensnared in the current immigration debate. And that’s a problem for small, seasonal resorts.

Rosewood Hotel Group CEO: ‘We Want to Push the Hotel Industry to Another Level’: All of the buzzwords are here in CEO Sonia Cheng’s strategy — from co-working and community to recognition and technology — but can Rosewood continue to maintain its uniqueness, even as it goes after what all the other hotel brands are going after, too? Given its track record, it just might.

Hotels Have a Problem With Plastics, A Skift Deep Dive: The hotel industry is just waking up to the problem of plastic waste, but this is a two-way street. Hotels rely on this convenient, affordable material just as much as travelers do. The real struggle is turning newfound global awareness and municipal legislation into swift action.

With More Leisure Time, Chinese Tourists Are Traveling More Too: Chinese citizens are enjoying more free time, and they’re leveraging that time to travel more. But with government initiatives promoting nationalistic “red tourism,” international destination marketing organizations face stiff competition.

Philippines’ Boracay Island Tackles Overtourism With Bans on Cruise Ships in Peak Seasons: Philippines’ Boracay shows a good example of how to regulate potential overcrowding by cruise ships. The idea to offer alternative ports of call is smart, as it promotes new destinations and spreads tourism benefits to other places.

Four Seasons Teases Its New Private Jet for Around-the-World Luxury Travel: When you were a teenager, you may have backpacked through Europe on a tight budget. When you make your first $100 million, you might fly on the Four Seasons private jet. At least that’s what the hotel company hopes.


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Photo credit: The Wauwinet Lady. Seasonal luxury resorts, such as those in Nantucket, are finding themselves between a wall and a hard place. Nantucket Island Resorts

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