Marriott Finally Reveals How It Will Combine All 3 of Its Loyalty Programs

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The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is one of more than 6,500 hotels around the world that Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest members will be able to earn and redeem points beginning in August. Marriott International

Skift Take: How much do we want to bet that the new loyalty brand that debuts next year turns out to be Marriott Preferred Guest? Or better yet, just Marriott Rewards?

— Deanna Ting

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Marriott Finally Reveals How It Will Combine All Three of Its Loyalty Programs

Marriott International

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is one of more than 6,500 hotels around the world that Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest members will be able to earn and redeem points beginning in August. Marriott International

Skift Take: How much do we want to bet that the new loyalty brand that debuts next year turns out to be Marriott Preferred Guest? Or better yet, just Marriott Rewards?

— Deanna Ting

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Virgin America As Standalone Brand Disappears Next Week

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Alaska Airlines has taken another step to absorb Virgin America into its operations. Pictured are one of Virgin America’s Airbus jets, and one of Alaska’s Boeing jets. Virgin America

Skift Take: After acquiring Virgin America, Alaska Airlines will switch to a single reservations system next week. The company is confident it will avoid some of the problems other airlines have faced after cutovers. We tend to agree. Let’s hope it’s a non-event.

— Brian Sumers

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Facial Recognition Startup Hoping to Solve Brexit’s Ireland Border Conundrum

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A disused customs control point at the border, near Dundalk in Ireland. UK politicians are trying to come up with creative ways to solve the Irish border question. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg

Skift Take: The Irish border question has become the biggest issue surrounding Brexit. The UK government has said it doesn’t want a return to the checkpoints of the past and is looking at creative ways of solving the problem.

— Patrick Whyte

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Travel Agents Look Past Iceland to New Offbeat Destinations

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Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The city is the gateway to Antarctica, but has plenty to offer visitors as well. Douglas Scortegagna / Flickr

Skift Take: We don’t even consider Antarctica to be an unusual destination anymore. Getting off the beaten path, however much that’s possible, is getting more difficult and expensive.

— Sarah Enelow

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Condo-World emerges as new booking marketplace for resort condominium lodging alternatives in major US destinations

Initially flying under the radar, Condo-World has rapidly expanded its reach and is now aggregating resort condominium vacation rentals in multiple destinations on its platform to make finding this lodging alternative easier for consumers. Its proprietary online booking site, call center, and chat service handle the search and booking processes for their partners, including resorts […]

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Chinese Billionaire Hopes to Transform Korea’s Jeju Island Into Next Big Gambling Spot

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Landing’s Marriott resort in Jeju Island, South Korea. Landing’s owner, Chinese billionaire Yang Zhihui flipped the iconic 007 casino in London to invest in building integrated resorts in Korea. SeongJoon Cho / Bloomberg

Skift Take: If the success of Macau is any proof, it’s that betting big on building integrated resorts throughout Asia is a sure thing in the long run. That is why so many destinations, from Singapore to Japan to Korea, are attracting developers who want to cash in.

— Deanna Ting

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Ola Pushes for a Million Electric Vehicles on India’s Roads by 2021

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Promotional stickers for ridehailing service Ola on an auto rickshaw in Bengaluru, India. Ola is pushing for a million electric vehicles by 2021. Namas Bhojani / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Making this push toward electric ridesharing vehicles might be expensive, but it could really help improve the air quality in the world’s second-most populous country.

— Sarah Enelow

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Activist Investor Pushes for Whitbread Split

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A Premier Inn Hotel. Activist investors are looking to break up parent company Whitbread. Whitbread

Skift Take: Shareholders love to “unlock value” but it doesn’t always benefit the consumer. Would splitting Premier Inn and Costa Coffee benefit both businesses or would it just make some people a lot richer?

— Patrick Whyte

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