Luxury Hotels and Tours Get a Family-Friendly Makeover

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A promotion image for Ritz Carlton’s Ritz Kids program. More luxury hospitality brands are introducing kid-friendly activities and programs. Ritz Carlton

Skift Take: Affluent families increasingly want to take the kids with them on vacation instead of leaving them at home, so luxury hotels are coming up with creative ways to keep the kids entertained and parents satisfied with their experience.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Southwest Tragedy May Hurt Revenue and 9 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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A Southwest plane in Las Vegas on January 7, 2018. Southwest is still handling fallout from its recent fatal accident, which may affect revenue. Tomás Del Coro / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, we had our eye on earnings from American, JetBlue, Alaska, and Southwest, whose tragedy fallout continues. Also, if you’ve been stealing the blankets from business class: shame on you.

— Sarah Enelow

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Six Flags International Growth and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on May 27, 2014. Six Flags is expanding in China and just reported earnings. Jeremy Thompson / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism news, we had cruise and theme park earnings: Royal Caribbean is getting more ships, Universal is focused on its intellectual property, and Six Flags is set on overseas domination.

— Sarah Enelow

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Malaysia Aims to Double Its Airport Capacity by 2040

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A Malaysian Airlines aircraft taxis past ground traffic at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia, on Jan. 17, 2017. The airport will reach capacity within a couple of years. Sanjit Das / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Don’t hold your breath, though. Planning to revamp Kuala Lumpur’s airport could last another two years, and it’s unclear where the money will come from.

— Sean O’Neill

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Hotel Chains Remain Bullish on Corporate Travel Growth

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A Hilton hotel in Albany, New York. Hilton’s CEO says that business travel demand remains strong. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Skift Take: Business travel continues to drive serious demand for U.S. hotels despite fears that reduced international inbound travel would create problems. Companies worldwide are still spending on travel because they feel good about the state of the global economy.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Air Indigo President, a Key Player in Its Rise, Resigns Unexpectedly

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Air Indigo President Aditya Ghosh resigned unexpectedly and plans on leaving the airline at the end of July. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Air Indigo President Aditya Ghosh is the airline’s public face and a key player in formulating a strategy that enabled the carrier to become India’s biggest. He’s leaving at a key moment, although the management bench is said to be strong.

— Dennis Schaal

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Marriott Experiments With Homesharing and 11 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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Marriott made its official foray into homesharing via a six-month pilot in partnership with London-based home rental management company Hostmaker. Marriott

Skift Take: This week in hospitality news, Marriott officially stepped into the homesharing market and its loyalty program once again received high marks.

— Sarah Enelow

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Weak Swiss Franc is Killing Shopping Tourism in Border Towns

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Border towns like Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany (pictured here) are taking a hit from shopping tourism as the Swiss franc continues to drop. Otto Rapp / Flickr

Skift Take: The euro is stable but full of uncertainty these days, and economics wisdom likely points to France and Germany’s Swiss border shopping towns getting some relief soon enough.

— Dan Peltier

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Expedia Group Accelerates Its Spending and 7 Other Digital Trends This Week

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Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom. The company is accelerating its spending and just reported earnings. Expedia

Skift Take: This week in digital news, we took a broad view on earnings from Expedia, Travelzoo, and Trivago, the last coming out on bottom. For more big-picture analysis, check out our first Corporate Travel Innovators List.

— Sarah Enelow

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