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Libyan tourism activist tries pushing Libya as the next big vacation spot

Although Libya will be Gaddafi-free for one year in October, the promise of 5 UNESCO sites and beaches isn't enough to transform one of Africa's more unstable countries into a hot new destination just yet.

SkiftX

France tries an ad campaign to do something about its rudeness

But what about French attitudes outside France? They're perennial challengers to the world's worst tourists title. Perhaps the RATP could print wallet-sized cards to help?

Airlines

Video: What Japan Airlines’ incredible turnaround means for the U.S. market

JAL's turnaround is as much about government assistance as it is smart business. JAL may be pinching pennies, but its reinvention is also owed to massive government loans, debt waivers, tax breaks, and pension cuts for formerly loyal employees.

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Introducing Skift: Travel intelligence, global smartness

Skift it, we're doing it!

Introducing Skift: Travel intelligence, global smartness

Hotels

Hotel prices to rise this fall, following airfares: TripAdvisor survey

It is a survey of intent, and could change depending on macro conditions. But in all, cost of travel is going up in U.S., unless you're on your way to Greece.

Hotels

How Expedia is reinventing hotel booking — and upsetting the industry

From outward appearance, Expedia's new Traveler Preference program introduces more choice and appears to be a great thing for hotel guests.

Media and PR

Can you really crowd source your next day trip on Twitter?

It’d be great if we could all avoid the overwhelming options for travel guides and rely solely on a tweet for instant recommendations. Unfortunately, most travelers can’t all rely on an active Twitterverse to come to their rescue.

Airlines

Chief of TSA admits to “Nightline” that they’re always a step behind

In theory, 97% of the TSA's resources are focused on air travel, but as any insider will tell you bureaucracy and internal politics takes up the majority of the time that isn't spent dealing with public complaints about the TSA.

Airlines

The fate of Indian’s liquor baron hangs in balance if Kingfisher Airlines fails

Despite all his trying, the high-flying, loud-talking Branson of India has his entire empire on the line with his troubled Kingfisher airline.

Airlines

Forget global airline alliances, Israelis just want to fly El Al

Emerging national carriers should follow its lead: El Al, among other things, has made its name synonymous with Israel and, in return, has its paired its future entirely with that of the state.

Tourism

London Olympics’ first big weekday test today: will transit stay smooth?

Will London's transit disintegrate, or did we all overestimate its ability to mess up a good thing going, a British specialty? We'll find out.