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Can Travel Advisors Be a Secret Weapon in Quest for Sustainable Tourism?

Can Travel Advisors Be a Secret Weapon in Quest for Sustainable Tourism?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

By guiding clients toward responsible choices in how and where they travel, travel advisors can play a key part in promoting sustainable tourism. Not only do local communities benefit, but visitors come away with more meaningful experiences.

22 hours ago

Carnival Adds to Its Compliance Team as Scrutiny Builds

Carnival Adds to Its Compliance Team as Scrutiny Builds

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's good to see Carnival building out its ethics and compliance team. Given the cruise company's recent history, these new hires certainly have their work cut out for them.

1 day ago

Cooler Temperatures Can Heighten Perception of Luxury

Cooler Temperatures Can Heighten Perception of Luxury

Laura Powell, Skift

How consumers feel about luxury products may depend on how they feel. That is, whether they perceive something to be hot or cold.

2 days ago

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How Smart Buildings Can Help the Tourism Industry be More Responsible and Profitable

How Smart Buildings Can Help the Tourism Industry be More Responsible and Profitable

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12 hours ago

Hyatt Joins Other Big Hotel Chains by Pledging to Eliminate Small Plastic Bottles

Hyatt Joins Other Big Hotel Chains by Pledging to Eliminate Small Plastic Bottles

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Hyatt joins Marriott and IHG by promising to get rid of single-use plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion with large-format bathroom amenities. Hotels are wisely promising to do what they can to mitigate waste. Let's see if they can make their deadlines.

2 days ago

JetBlue Adds Basic Fare in Battle With Discount Rivals

JetBlue Adds Basic Fare in Battle With Discount Rivals

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue isn't immune from the structural changes that are taking place in the aviation industry. Like it or not, basic economy is a part of the landscape now, and to truly compete you need to have it in your arsenal.

2 days ago

MGM on Hunt for Investor to Join Las Vegas Property Venture

MGM on Hunt for Investor to Join Las Vegas Property Venture

Christopher Palmeri and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

Like other hospitality companies, MGM is pivoting towards an asset-light model and has spent the last year or so preparing for an economic downturn. It should be in good shape if the worst happens.

2 days ago

Hyatt Bids for Kimpton Hotels Owned by Xenia

Hyatt Bids for Kimpton Hotels Owned by Xenia

Patrick Clark and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

Sometimes the only way to step up presence in cities is to buy and rebrand. InterContinental Hotels Group won't like this, as Hyatt can terminate the management contracts if it buys Xenia's Kimpton assets.

2 days ago

The Often Overlooked Role Travel Advisors Play in the Path to Responsible Tourism

The Often Overlooked Role Travel Advisors Play in the Path to Responsible Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

While it's more obvious that hotels, airlines, and cruise lines have a big impact on sustainable tourism, travel advisors wield influence too. How they guide clients in the choices they make has ramifications for the health of the travel industry, as well as for the planet.

2 days ago

Hostel or Not? Shared Rooms Pop Up in Traditional Hotels

Hostel or Not? Shared Rooms Pop Up in Traditional Hotels

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Lobbies are no longer the only spaces hotel guests can share. Now some hotels are offering travelers the choice of sharing guest rooms. But will the shared spaces be enough to lure millennial travelers away from the likes of Airbnb?

2 days ago

South African Airways May Fire a Fifth of Its Employees in Restructuring

South African Airways May Fire a Fifth of Its Employees in Restructuring

Hilton Shone, Bloomberg

Nearly 1,000 people might be losing their jobs as the airline tries to slow its ongoing losses. Hopefully the company doesn't meet the same fate as Jet Airways, the Indian airline that was grounded earlier this year after racking up over $1 billion in debt.

2 days ago

Mexico City’s Airport Project Will Cost $9 Billion to Scrap

Mexico City’s Airport Project Will Cost $9 Billion to Scrap

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

As if scrapping a plan to build a much-needed new airport wasn't bad enough, it will also cost the Mexican government more to cancel the Mexico City project than to finish it.

2 days ago