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In Skift's top stories this week, Airbnb considers eliminating cleaning fees as a separate charge for guests, IHG unveiled its 18th brand, and Abu Dhabi Airport expects a surge in passengers.

Airbnb Mulls Removing Cleaning Fees as a Separate Charge: Hosts may be sabotaging their own bookings by levying excessively high cleaning fees. It is turning off many people to Airbnb, which is a concern for the company.

IHG Adds Iberostar Brand in Licensing Deal That Expands Its Beach Presence: Meet the 18th IHG brand. And given how major hotel companies are suddenly keen on all-inclusives, expect a buzz around other potential targets, such as Playa and Sandals.

Don’t Call Milan’s Newest Luxury Hotel a Ferragamo Brand Extension: The conventional wisdom is that it’s an easy win for fashion brands to create explicit brand extensions with luxury hotels. But that’s wrong, according to the Ferragamo family’s hotel group. The debate is fascinating.

American Airlines CEO: ‘We’re Ready’ for the Holidays and Beyond: Listen in for a discussion from Skift Aviation Forum with American Airlines CEO Robert Isom in conversation with Skift’s Edward Russell.

U.S. Airline Passenger Loads for Thanksgiving Holiday Just Shy of Pre-Pandemic Levels: Thanksgiving travel is back, well nearly. U.S. airlines anticipate flyer numbers just shy of 2019 levels making this turkey day the busiest holiday for travel since the pandemic.

Hilton Uncovers a Lot More About Blended Travelers After Student Competition: Hilton gets an A-plus for piggybacking Adobe Analytics’ annual student challenge, as it gains a fresh perspective on how to capture more business. It may not have counted on just how complex this particular segment can be though.

Full Video: Delta’s Head of Customer Experience at Skift Aviation Forum 2022: Delta carries about 500,000 passengers a day. So when the airline’s top boss of customer experience talks about the carrier’s tactics and strategy, it’s worth a listen.

Disney Brings Back Bob Iger as CEO for Two Years: Disney picked now-former CEO Chapek from the Parks division. Will it look that direction again during this new, two-year search?

Abu Dhabi Airport Is Expecting 1.5 Million Travelers Over 6 Weeks: The economic spinoffs of Qatar’s World Cup will be felt all over the region that has been looking to diversify beyond the oil sector.

Full Video: Air Lease Executive Chairman Udvar-Házy at Skift Aviation Forum 2022: While Air Lease’s Steven Udvar-Házy believes Europe is likely to see more airline consolidation, he’s uncertain that will be the case in Latin America. Watch him also discuss challenges facing companies involved in both the aircraft and electric air taxi markets.

Tags: airbnb, airlines, american airlines, cleaning fees, hilton, ihg, Salvatore Ferragamo, short-term rentals, thanksgiving, top stories

Photo credit: Airbnb is examining the issue of high cleaning fees, which the company believes is a huge problem. jessamyn west / Flickr

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