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The New and Outgoing Norwegian Cruise CEOs Talk Industry Challenges and Opportunities

The New and Outgoing Norwegian Cruise CEOs Talk Industry Challenges and Opportunities

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Global cruise lines are growing fast, turning ships into theme parks and dining destinations. The simplicity of cruising remains a strong draw for consumers despite sustainability concerns.

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Wizz Air Challenges Ryanair With Simplicity and 4 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Wizz Air Challenges Ryanair With Simplicity and 4 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, competition is fierce between Wizz Air and Ryanair as both companies aim to be the ultra-low-cost airline of record in Europe. Meanwhile, AirAsia Group is beginning its transformation to become an e-commerce company.

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The Arctic Is the New Hot Spot for Luxury Cruises

The Arctic Is the New Hot Spot for Luxury Cruises

Fran Golden, Bloomberg

Wealthy people are spending thousands of dollars to take cruise ships into the Arctic. In so doing, they're advancing climate change as they rush to see the region before it melts.

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The Future of Food Tourism in Thailand

The Future of Food Tourism in Thailand

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

Food tourism has taken over the world, and few destinations are as primed to capitalize on the trend as Thailand. Tour operators, hotels, and others in the travel sector are rapidly enhancing the ways in which visitors experience the country’s culinary offerings — and meeting planners are taking note.

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IHG Direct Bookings Tech Play and 11 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

IHG Direct Bookings Tech Play and 11 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in hospitality, IHG is taking a tougher approach with online agencies by using new technologies to gain traction for its mobile app and website. Meanwhile, more traditional hotel brands are introducing communal lodging for its guests.

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Expedia’s New Resort Fees Policy and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia’s New Resort Fees Policy and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, we take a look at Expedia's decision to lower the rankings of a hotel's listing on its site due to the addition of resort fees. Meanwhile, Vrbo is under new leadership as Expedia Group continues its reorganization efforts.

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Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Courtney Bonnell, Associated Press

Solo travel is on the rise — and for good reason. Traveling to a city like Barcelona alone is not only possible, it's perhaps even more engaging alone than with a group. Here is one traveler's tips.

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Thailand’s Visitor Decline and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Thailand’s Visitor Decline and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, Thailand faces a reckoning as high-spending European inbound travelers drop off. Meanwhile, we take a look at just how much clout travel advisors have in shaping responsible travel.

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Airbnb Vs. Local Regulators Is a Lopsided Battle

Airbnb Vs. Local Regulators Is a Lopsided Battle

Shira Ovide, Bloomberg

The cities and municipalities that are trying to contain the likes of growth-hungry startups like Airbnb have a major disadvantage: Their adversaries have fought this fight multiple times before.

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Airbnb Hosts Will Be Able to Pay to Fast-Track Verification of Their Listings

Airbnb Hosts Will Be Able to Pay to Fast-Track Verification of Their Listings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb — and other players in the short-term rental space — have a daunting task in trying to verify millions of home listings, along with an expanded array of tours and activities. With this push, it might just open up more players to liability from content offered on their platforms.

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South African Government Will Take Tough Approach Over Struggling Flag Carrier

South African Government Will Take Tough Approach Over Struggling Flag Carrier

Andres Guerra Luz, Bloomberg

Sounds like the government intends to play hardball with South African Airways. Given the carrier's financial struggles and current labor unrest, a turnaround seems pretty remote at the moment.

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AirAsia.com Starts Selling Competitors’ Flights via Kiwi.com Partnership

AirAsia.com Starts Selling Competitors’ Flights via Kiwi.com Partnership

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It’s finally happened. AirAsia.com is selling other airlines on its website and app. Powered by Kiwi.com, it's a start. Getting direct contracts with airlines is next. Should online travel agencies continue to doubt AirAsia's foray into their turf? “Believe the unbelievable,” CEO Tony Fernandes said.

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