Articles by Rachel Bronstein

Fuel Hedging Was a Bad Bet for U.S. Airlines in the First Quarter

Fuel Hedging Was a Bad Bet for U.S. Airlines in the First Quarter

Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg

Alaska and Southwest did what many considered to be the prudent thing and hedged a lot of their fuel purchases, but they are now paying higher prices than airlines that didn't hedge. That's how hedging goes, but it's often better to be safe than sorry.

1 day ago

Universal Orlando Just Bought More Land in Its Quest to Rival Disney

Universal Orlando Just Bought More Land in Its Quest to Rival Disney

Associated Press

Universal Parks & Resorts has big ambitions, and now the Comcast-owned operator has even more land to fulfill those goals. The question remains: What will the company do with all this property?

4 months ago

Airbnb Tries a Different Tactic in Mexico: Giving Regulators What They Want

Airbnb Tries a Different Tactic in Mexico: Giving Regulators What They Want

Andrea Navarro and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Learning from your previous missteps is always a good thing. But is it enough to simply collect and remit taxes? What happens when regulators press for more restrictions?

7 months ago

Trump Slump Fears Are Not Coming True as International Tourism Grows

Trump Slump Fears Are Not Coming True as International Tourism Grows

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

It's worth remembering that — aside from some initial chaos at airports — the travel ban was put on hold by courts for the first part of the year. And the travel industry has put extra effort into sending a welcoming message to the world, even if the government has not.

8 months ago

North Dakota Hopes that Lawrence Welk Tourism Will Become a Thing

North Dakota Hopes that Lawrence Welk Tourism Will Become a Thing

James MacPherson, Associated Press

We always encourage a destination to focus on its unique strengths when marketing. While this is unique, we're not certain Welk is the strength the state needs.

9 months ago

Montenegro Tries to Woo Western Europe Without Offending Russian Visitors

Montenegro Tries to Woo Western Europe Without Offending Russian Visitors

Misha Savic, Bloomberg

This tiny Balkan state has a tricky needle to thread in preventing a diplomatic tussle between Russia and the U.S. from harming its popularity with Russian travelers.

9 months ago

Atlantic City Is a Tourism Disaster Waiting to Happen for the State’s Next Governor

Atlantic City Is a Tourism Disaster Waiting to Happen for the State’s Next Governor

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

Atlantic City has minor benefits as a meetings destination. Outside of that, it serves as a Titanic-like metaphor for corruption and poor tourism planning.

9 months ago