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United’s New Drinking Policy and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United’s New Drinking Policy and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in aviation, United cracks down on pilots' alcohol consumption, Cathay sees complications from the Hong Kong protests, and we take a close look at competition in the European short-haul market.

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Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair Aims to Cope With Likely Strikes During Peak Season

Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair Aims to Cope With Likely Strikes During Peak Season

Irene García Pérez, Christopher Jasper, and Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg

Ryanair expects minimal cancellations if pilots in Britain and Ireland go ahead with a strike as planned. But anticipated moves in the next few weeks promise many labor actions. Ryanair passengers should keep an eye on their flight statuses.

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Cathay Pacific CEO Quits Over Hong Kong Protests

Cathay Pacific CEO Quits Over Hong Kong Protests

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Looks like Rupert Hogg is paying the price for Cathay's response to the unrest in Hong Kong. Will changing the CEO help or might things get worse?

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Executive Q&A: How Airlines are Improving Passenger Experiences With a Customer-First Approach

Executive Q&A: How Airlines are Improving Passenger Experiences With a Customer-First Approach

Salesforce + Skift

Higher customer service expectations in the airline industry mandates a new approach to using innovative technology. This means not only deploying solutions to improve direct-to-customer experiences but also empowering employees to provide exceptional service at every touchpoint.

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China’s Pressure on Cathay Portends Less Autonomy for Hong Kong Companies

China’s Pressure on Cathay Portends Less Autonomy for Hong Kong Companies

Angus Whitley and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Is China’s clampdown on Cathay during protests a one-off, or is it going to be the new normal for Hong Kong companies? The latter will be disastrous for Hong Kong’s reputation as an open market.

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Kenya Tourism Shows Its Resilience After January’s Nairobi Attack

Kenya Tourism Shows Its Resilience After January’s Nairobi Attack

Richard Holmes, Skift

Kenya has felt little long-term impact from the terrorist attacks that shook the city’s dusitD2 Nairobi hotel in January. That’s good news for the city’s hoteliers and the country’s all-important tourism industry. Are travelers simply becoming immune to the threat of terror?

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AirPortr Raises $8.6 Million for Luggage Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

AirPortr Raises $8.6 Million for Luggage Delivery: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Investors have bet on some innovative business models. AirPortr has hand-delivered about 100,000 bags from homes to airports, lifting a worry off the hands of Londoners as they pass through airport security. PaulCamper is an Airbnb for RVs. Meanwhile, SleepBox converts spare hotel rooms into video game halls and other social zones for college students.

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Tourism Gets Caught in the Crossfire of Northeast Asia Politics

Tourism Gets Caught in the Crossfire of Northeast Asia Politics

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Chinese tourists are the world's biggest spenders. That arms Beijing with a geopolitical tool. The not-so-secret weapon shows no signs of diminishing in its effectiveness to redirect tourism flows.

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Amex GBT Makes Strategic Move in Middle East

Amex GBT Makes Strategic Move in Middle East

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

American Express Global Business Travel continues to strike strategic deals around the world. Its competitors are doing the same, and one has to wonder how all the international competition will shake out.

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New Ways Hotels Are Cashing In on the Sleep Economy

New Ways Hotels Are Cashing In on the Sleep Economy

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Travelers are thinking more about their sleep habits than ever before. The hospitality industry has taken note and is now trying to find more innovative ways to help guests snooze. But will this push really help drive bookings?

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Marriott to Introduce Dynamic Pricing for Bonvoy Award Bookings

Marriott to Introduce Dynamic Pricing for Bonvoy Award Bookings

Grant Martin, Skift

Marriott's new dynamic pricing will make award nights more expensive for those who can only travel during peak season. Those with some flexibility in their schedules, however, may be in for a treat.

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The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

Danni Santana, Skift

Crowdsourcing the booking process, if you will, is a smart strategy to make guests feel involved in the business.

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