Articles by Hannah Sampson

Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche

Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche

Hannah Sampson, Skift

More people are visiting hard-to-reach destinations, and the travel companies that take them there are reckoning with the impact of the higher volume of tourists. How much growth is too much? We'll probably find out in the coming years.

1 day ago

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Experts say it's hard to fully identify potential weaknesses in jet engine metal. With so much attention focused on the issue following the Southwest engine explosion, new and better techniques should be developed.

2 days ago

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Air travel in the U.S. has had a remarkable safety record in recent years. But there is clearly room for improvement. While the type of engine failure that killed a Southwest passenger is rare, a thorough investigation — followed by action — is essential to prevent it from happening again.

3 days ago

Southwest Engine Blowout Causes First U.S. Passenger Airline Fatality in 9 Years

Southwest Engine Blowout Causes First U.S. Passenger Airline Fatality in 9 Years

Alan Levin and Thomas Black, Bloomberg

This story was getting widespread attention even before confirmation that a passenger had died. It's every air traveler's nightmare. While nine years without a fatality is still a reassuring track record, Southwest — and all airlines — must learn from the investigation to better prevent such a catastrophe in the future.

4 days ago

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Souhail Karam, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that Morocco, which has a huge tourism industry, is looking to crack down on Airbnb and Booking.com. This is the new normal around the world as the so-called sharing economy changes the way people travel — and longstanding travel companies suffer.

4 days ago

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Hannah Sampson, Skift

While Americans lost some of the ability to explore Cuba on their own due to restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, cruise ships are offering organized trips approved by the U.S. government. That seems to be working out well for operators, who are eager to increase their presence in the destination.

4 days ago

Historic Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Finding New Life as a Dubai Hotel

Historic Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Finding New Life as a Dubai Hotel

Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg

Dubai bit off a massive project at a precarious time when it bought the QE2 for $100 million more than 10 years ago. Will the investment finally start to pay off?

5 days ago

Disney’s CEO Is Definitely Not Ruling Out a Run for President

Disney’s CEO Is Definitely Not Ruling Out a Run for President

Anousha Sakoui , Bloomberg

According to a new report, Disney CEO Bob Iger was seriously considering a presidential run when a major deal with 21st Century Fox took his attention — and led him to extend his contract. But vocal support from Oprah Winfrey, an outspoken stance on hot-button political issues, and a recent stop in Iowa suggest a bid for higher office might still be on Iger's mind.

7 days ago

Hainan Province Is Getting Governmental Help in Bid to Become a Tourism Powerhouse

Hainan Province Is Getting Governmental Help in Bid to Become a Tourism Powerhouse

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

It's not that Hainan doesn't have a lot of tourists; there were nearly 67 million last year. But the island destination wants more international visitors, and these new policies supported by China's president could help make that goal a reality.

1 week ago

SeaWorld Expects SEC Sanction in Blackfish Disclosure Case

SeaWorld Expects SEC Sanction in Blackfish Disclosure Case

Hannah Sampson, Skift

One investigatory shoe is dropping on SeaWorld. Now eyes turn to the U.S. Department of Justice.

1 week ago

Universal Orlando Has More Land Now to Build the Theme Park Fans Want

Universal Orlando Has More Land Now to Build the Theme Park Fans Want

Hannah Sampson, Skift

We've been wondering for years what Universal will do with the land it was buying up in central Florida — and we continue to wonder with this latest purchase. Given what is already known about the theme park operator's plans and recent growth, we expect the Orlando theme park wars to never end.

1 week ago

China’s Biggest Hospitality Dealmakers May Be Sidelined for Good

China’s Biggest Hospitality Dealmakers May Be Sidelined for Good

Daniel Meesak, Jing Travel

Just two years ago, insurance company Anbang surprised the world with its bid to buy Starwood. Now it and other Chinese companies that went on global shopping sprees are stuck with an impossible bill — and a government that doesn't approve of the purchases.

2 weeks ago