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Myanmar Looks for a Second Chance and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Myanmar Looks for a Second Chance and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams , Skift

This week in tourism news, after decades of isolation, Myanmar finally opened up to tourists, only to scare them off as it perpetrated genocide against its Rohingya minority. Today, Myanmar has real potential to become a thriving destination again, but only if it can overcome its tendency to enflame ethnic tension. Plus, cruise lines are investing in new experiences on private islands.

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Google’s Outsize Impact on the Travel Industry and 7 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Google’s Outsize Impact on the Travel Industry and 7 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

In digital news this week, Google is so omnipresent that even a small tweak to the way that its searches work can have an impact on the rest of the travel industry. Plus, Skift talks with Booking.com's new chief marketing officer about his hopes for the company.

9 hours ago

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The European single market is a sacred thing and anyone caught trying to divide it up like the old days is liable to be on the receiving end of a punishment. In this case, Meliá's cooperation with the investigation has helped cut its fine.

1 day ago

Loyalty Prime Raises Funding for Subscription-Based Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Loyalty Prime Raises Funding for Subscription-Based Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Several travel companies, such as Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Frankfurt Airport, have used the services of Loyalty Prime, a startup that builds next-generation software for running loyalty programs. Loyalty Prime's new funding is part of a wave of investment that we expect to see in loyalty tech companies.

2 days ago

Does Myanmar Tourism Deserve Another Chance?

Does Myanmar Tourism Deserve Another Chance?

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

Rather than boycotting travel to Myanmar entirely, a more responsible form of tourism would be to avoid unethical establishments while supporting good practices on the ground.

2 days ago

Behind the Travel Buyer’s Search for Simplicity

Behind the Travel Buyer’s Search for Simplicity

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It turns out simplifying travel programs isn't a major priority for most organizations. This is an unfortunate reality, leaving travel buyers with numerous challenges.

2 days ago

The Novel Way Some Luxury Travel Companies Are Helping Guests Disconnect

The Novel Way Some Luxury Travel Companies Are Helping Guests Disconnect

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Getting new books in the hands of luxury travelers benefits everyone. It improves the guest experience, drives loyalty to hotels, and raises the profile of authors. Because of this, we'll likely see more luxury properties partnering with Bedside Reading, the company that's making it happen.

2 days ago

Hyatt’s China Business Is Down 90 Percent in February From Coronavirus Fallout

Hyatt’s China Business Is Down 90 Percent in February From Coronavirus Fallout

Danielle Hyams, Skift

Hyatt Hotels had a strong year in 2019, so the story it had to tell on Thursday wasn't all dreary. The problem is that shareholders and guests hate uncertainty. And so far the travel industry faces nothing but uncertainty, left beholden to how the coronavirus crisis evolves.

2 days ago

Air France-KLM’s $324 Million in Fuel Savings Likely to Offset Coronavirus Outbreak Costs

Air France-KLM’s $324 Million in Fuel Savings Likely to Offset Coronavirus Outbreak Costs

Patrick Whyte, Skift

For the moment, the drop in fuel price is benefiting Air France-KLM, but if the coronavirus outbreak doesn't ease off, this could all change.

2 days ago

Grassroots Opposition to Cruises in the Caymans Looms as Larger Warning for Industry

Grassroots Opposition to Cruises in the Caymans Looms as Larger Warning for Industry

Rosie Spinks, Skift

A judge ruling on a citizen-led referendum in the Cayman Islands has, for now, sided with cruise opposition. While the battle is localized, it could point to wider industry implications for the cruise industry.

2 days ago

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

Colin Nagy, Skift

Connecting luxury travelers to the local community and fostering a better understanding of a destination is hard to do well. Here are two examples that the industry can draw inspiration from.

2 days ago

This Company Helps Luxury Hotels Go Analog to Get Guests to Unplug

This Company Helps Luxury Hotels Go Analog to Get Guests to Unplug

Samantha Shankman, Skift

The luxury hospitality industry is trying to help guests unwind in these anxiety-ridden, tech-addicted times. It's refreshing to think that something as simple as a book can make a difference — plus drive repeat hotel visits and even foster community. Luxury properties should take note.

2 days ago