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Why It Takes So Long for Some Airlines to Pay Compensation Required by European Law

Why It Takes So Long for Some Airlines to Pay Compensation Required by European Law

Brian Sumers, Skift

We'd love to see major airlines be more proactive when they owe compensation to customers required by European law. When they make a mistake, they should fess up.

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How Much Technology Is Too Much For Events?

How Much Technology Is Too Much For Events?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Event planners know technology can enhance the attendee experience if deployed appropriately. How much technology is too much, though, remains an open question.

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South Africa’s Biggest Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Faces Hurdles

South Africa’s Biggest Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Faces Hurdles

Odwa Mjo, Bloomberg

Tsogo Sun, which owns luxury properties in seven African countries including Nigeria and the Seychelles, may have hit the limit of its ability to do financial contortions for a while.

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U.S. Intends to Loosen Rules for Supersonic Jet Travel

U.S. Intends to Loosen Rules for Supersonic Jet Travel

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Boom! Supersonic flights just got one step closer to becoming a reality again, thanks to news that U.S. regulations about them are coming up for review with an intent to loosen them.

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United Airlines CEO on Dropping NRA Discount: ‘It Was Personal’

United Airlines CEO on Dropping NRA Discount: ‘It Was Personal’

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

It's so rare that any big corporation takes a stance that might anger a slice of consumers. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz should be commended for following his conscience.

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Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Yelp's efforts to see tighter regulation of Google's business practices could have more success this time around than several years ago, when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission dropped the ball. European Union regulators have really cast the previous U.S. effort in a shameful light, and the Trump team may be more sympathetic than the Obama administration.

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Seattle Space Needle Facelift Signals City’s Spike in Popularity

Seattle Space Needle Facelift Signals City’s Spike in Popularity

Ahmed Namatalla, Associated Press

It's nice to see an iconic attraction get a new lease on life. But rapid visitor growth from markets like China will make it increasingly difficult for Seattle to balance tourism and livability.

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Minor International Pays $225 Million to Boost Stake in Spain’s NH Hotels

Minor International Pays $225 Million to Boost Stake in Spain’s NH Hotels

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With Oceanwood (mostly) checking out and HNA looking to sell, it's all change at NH Hotels. Maybe this will kick off the consolidation in the hotel market that so many have predicted.

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Boston Is a Textbook Example of Hotel Compression Nights In Action

Boston Is a Textbook Example of Hotel Compression Nights In Action

Patrick Clark, Bloomberg

A "perfect storm" for hoteliers is a "perfect nightmare" for anyone hoping to attend a Harvard commencement ceremony or an NBA playoff game.

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America’s Smallest Discount Airline Wants to Emulate EasyJet With Cabin Retrofit Project

America’s Smallest Discount Airline Wants to Emulate EasyJet With Cabin Retrofit Project

Brian Sumers, Skift

Sun Country wants it both ways. It wants to add fees and reduce legroom for some passengers. But it also wants to keep the brand equity it earned when it was a full-service airline. Can this strategy work?

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China Pushes Drivers Toward Electric Vehicles out of Necessity

China Pushes Drivers Toward Electric Vehicles out of Necessity

Bloomberg

Consumer behavior is slow to evolve with pricey goods, but China is successfully forcing some change. Over time, with enough familiarity and charging stations, many may love their electric vehicles and start taking them on longer leisure trips.

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Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Robin Amster, Skift

The growth of mobile meeting apps presents planners with a dilemma filled with irony. Are the apps — aimed at facilitating and enhancing the meeting experience — actually diminishing the kind of face-to-face interactions that are the very purpose of on-site events?

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