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14th Dec 2019
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The Uncertain Future of Asia’s Elephant Tourism Biz and 17 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

By Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift Elephants are a major tourist attraction in Asian countries like Thailand. But should elephant rides be banned? Miguel Discart / Flickr Skift Take:...

14th Dec 2019
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Mega Mall Debuts North America’s First Indoor Ski Slope

By Tim Sohn, Bloomberg Eager skiers ride the chairlift at Big Snow. Big Snow Skift Take: The first indoor ski slope in North America is over 1,000 feet long and...

13th Dec 2019
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Southwest Airlines Prepares to Return Boeing 737 Max to Service

By Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg Southwest Airlines has a methodical approach for returning the 737 Max (pictured) to service. The jets are now in storage. Southwest Airlines Skift Take: Southwest is...

13th Dec 2019
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What’s Ahead for the Next Gen of U.S. Hotel Franchisees?

By Nancy Trejos, Skift Marriott International, the largest hotel company in the world, owns only about 20 of its more than 7,000 hotels worldwide. Marriott International Skift Take: Big hotel...

13th Dec 2019
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Zeus Raises $55 Million for Extended-Stay Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

By Sean O’Neill, Skift From left: Chief Technology Officer Joe Wong, Chief Operating Officer Srini Panguluri, and CEO Kulveer Taggar together co-founded Zeus, a corporate hospitality startup that has raised...

13th Dec 2019
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What Do Asian Travelers Want in 2020?

By Raini Hamdi, Skift Boracay: No crowds. Stella Arnaldo / Skift Skift Take: In short, Asia’s travelers are looking to go far, far from the madding crowd. — Raini Hamdi...

12th Dec 2019
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The Complicated Business of Saving Elephant Tourism: A Skift Deep Dive

By Raini Hamdi, Skift Tourists riding elephants in the Thai city of Ayutthaya. Thomas Hackl / VisualHunt Skift Take: Given the complexity of Asian elephant tourism, it’s natural for rifts...

12th Dec 2019
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The Way Forward for Expedia May Include Selling Off Businesses

By Dennis Schaal, Skift Attendees at the Expedia Explore ’19 conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas November 13-13, 2019. They heard all about Expedia’s strategy, which may change anew....

11th Dec 2019
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Luxury Travelers Taking a Shine to Sabbaticals

By Laura Powell, Skift This 2007 photo provided by Michelle Robin La shows her, rear left, with her husband Luong La and their three children at the Citadel in Hue,...

11th Dec 2019
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Survey: Millennials Prefer Travel Advisor Expertise When It Comes to Planning

By Maria Lenhart, Skift Pictured is the Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. Younger travelers are turning to travel agents for trip-planning. Minor Hotels Skift Take: The experiential travel that millennials and...