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Here Are the Travel Companies That Have Cut Ties With the NRA

Here Are the Travel Companies That Have Cut Ties With the NRA

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We're having a moment. In the wake of the Florida school shooting, travel companies are abandoning the National Rifle Association and its assault rifle advocacy. History would tell us that no substantial reforms will come out of this. But perhaps student and corporate pressure will make things different this time.

7 hours ago

United’s Unrealistic Polaris Promise and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United’s Unrealistic Polaris Promise and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in aviation, we dug into what went wrong with United's Polaris business class service, and thought about how many bells and whistles a frequent flyer really wants.

8 hours ago

Saudi Arabia Wants Events to Put It on the Global Tourism Map

Saudi Arabia Wants Events to Put It on the Global Tourism Map

Sarah Algethami and Abbas Al Lawati, Bloomberg

Maybe Saudi Arabia is finally turning a corner in dismantling some of its obstacles to tourism. If so, perhaps those citizens who spend their money going to Dubai or Egypt will spend those dollars in the kingdom.

10 hours ago

Chinese Merger Money in Travel Will Likely Dry Up

Chinese Merger Money in Travel Will Likely Dry Up

Brooke Sutherland, Bloomberg

Conventional wisdom in the last few years had Chinese investors from Anbang to HNA poised to scoop up and consolidate U.S. travel companies, meaning Google, Booking, Expedia and TripAdvisor weren't the only games in town. That prospect has faded, if not disappeared, although strategic buyers in China may still make some noise.

11 hours ago

Airbnb Struggles to Balance Its Past and Future

Airbnb Struggles to Balance Its Past and Future

Deanna Ting, Skift

In which we try to make some sense out of what we know Airbnb is doing now — and what it hopes to be doing over the next 10 years.

12 hours ago

Disney’s New Toy Story Land and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Disney’s New Toy Story Land and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in tourism, we had theme parks covered. Disney is opening a new Toy Story-themed land ahead of the Star Wars expansion, and Six Flags reported earnings with talk of tax reform and keeping some parks open year-round.

13 hours ago

Wyndham and Car Rental Companies Cut Ties With National Rifle Association

Wyndham and Car Rental Companies Cut Ties With National Rifle Association

Polly Mosendz , Bloomberg

Kudos to Wyndham, Best Western, Hertz and Enterprise for taking action to end ties with the National Rifle Association. We expect to be able to add more names to the list in coming days.

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Nashville’s Convention Business is Booming Thanks to Its Music Industry Branding Strategy

Nashville’s Convention Business is Booming Thanks to Its Music Industry Branding Strategy

Greg Oates, SkiftX

Nashville's rise as a trendy convention destination illustrates why city branding should focus on the individual stories and spirit of the local community and indie entrepreneurs to help differentiate the urban visitor experience.

1 day ago

Ryanair Urges Brexit Negotiators to Eliminate the Uncertainties

Ryanair Urges Brexit Negotiators to Eliminate the Uncertainties

Brian Sumers, Skift

There's a lot of drama about what Brexit will mean for Europe's airlines. And much needs to happen before airlines know how the European air market will look long term. But at the end of this, we expect the status quo will remain, at least for the most part.

1 day ago

Air France-KLM Isn’t Sure What to Do About Low-Cost Rivals

Air France-KLM Isn’t Sure What to Do About Low-Cost Rivals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Air France-KLM is being much more cautious than its rivals on the subject of low-cost long-haul. Joon isn't the long-term answer and Air France-Klm needs to come up with something better if it is going to compete against Norwegian and others.

1 day ago

Mexico’s Volaris Plots Central American Growth at Expense of Copa Airlines

Mexico’s Volaris Plots Central American Growth at Expense of Copa Airlines

Eduardo Thomson, Bloomberg

Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron has been in the job for 30 years, and has been adept at managing the carrier through sometimes-turbulent times. For that reason alone, Copa should be OK. But you never know.

1 day ago

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming businesses, and dumping some of its leisure brands. It is also chasing growth in emerging business lines ranging from destination management to foreign exchange services.

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