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Hotel Employees Get Training To Spot Human Trafficking

Hotel Employees Get Training To Spot Human Trafficking

Susan Haigh, Associated Press

Kudos to Connecticut for getting hotel workers involved in trying to identify human trafficking when it takes place at their properties. Marriott and the Connecticut Lodging Association support the training programs and others in the travel industry should get involved.

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Midscale Hotel Brands Get Smarter and 4 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Midscale Hotel Brands Get Smarter and 4 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in hospitality, we saw midscale hotels getting more sophisticated about tech and design, which is great for the customer so long as the brand actually has a name.

2 hours ago

American Airlines CEO Learned of Qatar’s Investment Interest at IATA Conference

American Airlines CEO Learned of Qatar’s Investment Interest at IATA Conference

Richard Clough and Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Don't look for this Qatar Airways investment in American Airlines to ever come to fruition. The American board would have to approve it, and both American's management and its unions are against it. Nice try, though.

18 hours ago

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Kankanit Wiriyasajja and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

If you build it they will come — and text. Is Line Village Bangkok a next-generation theme park? We'll see.

21 hours ago

Online Travel Agencies Battle Partners and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Online Travel Agencies Battle Partners and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, besides TripAdvisor helping to identify a robocall scandal, we concentrated on online travel agencies jockeying for a bigger share of the market and trying to offer more things to more consumers.

23 hours ago

The Low-Cost, Long-Haul Revolution and 8 Other Aviation Trends This Week

The Low-Cost, Long-Haul Revolution and 8 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in aviation, we thought about customer desires. Flyers want low-cost options, comfortable cabins, and probably flight attendants who aren't getting sick from their uniforms.

1 day ago

SeaWorld Is Under Federal Investigation for Post-Blackfish Commentary

SeaWorld Is Under Federal Investigation for Post-Blackfish Commentary

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld has been trying hard to assure shareholders that it is moving beyond the controversy and financial woes that followed the Blackfish documentary. This investigation — whatever it entails and however it turns out — is a major setback.

2 days ago

U.S. Supreme Court Likely Ruled on Travel Ban But Hasn’t Publicized it Yet

U.S. Supreme Court Likely Ruled on Travel Ban But Hasn’t Publicized it Yet

Mark Sherman, Associated Press

The high court has likely decided Trump's travel ban already but now the justices' opinions on both sides of the argument need to get written. We should find out the fate of the ban shortly after the writing gets wrapped up.

2 days ago

Airbus Sales Boss on Boeing’s Gains: ‘Every Dog Gets His Day’

Airbus Sales Boss on Boeing’s Gains: ‘Every Dog Gets His Day’

Christopher Jasper and Phil Serafino, Bloomberg

Boeing did well at the Paris Air Show. Airbus will still very much be around for the next one.

2 days ago

Etihad To Let Passengers Bid for Adjacent Seats Among Series of Revenue Moves

Etihad To Let Passengers Bid for Adjacent Seats Among Series of Revenue Moves

Deena Kamel Yousef , Bloomberg

Etihad may be able to squeeze some extra revenue by giving passengers the option of stretching out a bit more in the seats next to them but selling the seats would be a lot better.

2 days ago

Tour Operator That Brought American to North Korea Has Unprofessional Reputation

Tour Operator That Brought American to North Korea Has Unprofessional Reputation

Gerry Shih, Associated Press

The founder of Young Pioneer Tours left the company to form GN Tours, which at one point stood for Gross Negligence tours. That about says it all.

2 days ago

Carnival Says China Is a Good Long-Term Cruise Bet Despite Ongoing Struggles

Carnival Says China Is a Good Long-Term Cruise Bet Despite Ongoing Struggles

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corp. reminds us that China is a small part of its business — which is true. But if the market is going to become the world's largest as the company expects, there are a lot of complications to work through.

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