The Future of American Road Trips and 10 Other Tourism Trends This Week

RVs are hot right now, both in sales and rentals, affecting how Americans take their summer vacations.

Skift Take: This week in tourism, we were more domestic than usual. Americans won’t travel without their beloved mobile devices, and check out our three-part deep dive on how the American road trip is evolving alongside tours, destinations, hotels, vehicles, and consumer behavior.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Vegas Workers Threaten Over Wages, Safety and Robots, But Owners Don’t See Strike

The owners of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, seen here, are among those operators working hard to avert a strike on June 1 with culinary workers and bartenders.

Skift Take: The issues at the center of labor unrest in Las Vegas translate across the entire U.S. economy: a decent wage, workplace safety and losing your job to a robot. The culinary workers and bartenders’ contract is up June 1. Let’s see what owners can guarantee.

— Tom Lowry

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Yelp’s Antitrust Drive and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Yelp wants to see tighter regulation of Google’s business practices.

Skift Take: This week in digital news, Yelp wants to see tighter regulation of Google’s business practices, which has real implications for travel and restaurants. And don’t miss two interviews leading up to Skift Tech Forum on the payments revolution and the hype of big data.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Apple Blames Tourism Drop for Why It’s Closing Atlantic City Store

Apple, in a rare move, is closing one of its retail stores, like the one pictured here, in Atlantic City.

Skift Take: How bad must things be in Atlantic City? Apple, which rarely closes stores, has decided to shutter its Atlantic City location. It blamed a drop in tourism. Can the potential for legal sports betting eventually lure the tech giant back to AC?

— Tom Lowry

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Netherlands, Australia Blame Russia For Downing of Malaysia Airlines Plane

The Netherlands and Australia are blaming Russia for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which prompted vigils like the one pictured here.

Skift Take: It’s good to see that four years after the crash of MH17 in the Ukraine, investigators are still on the case. It’s time that Russia be held accountable.

— Tom Lowry

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Delta Air Lines Preps for Switch to Snazzy Zac Posen-Designed Uniforms

Delta Air Lines soon will introduce new uniforms designed by Zac Posen and made by Lands End.

Skift Take: With Virgin America out of business, Delta Air Lines must be the hippest U.S. airline, right? Perhaps that’s part of the reason it earns a revenue premium compared to its competitors.

— Brian Sumers

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Skift Podcast: How European Tourism Came Back From the Brink

Skift Europe Editor Patrick Whyte speaks to the European Travel Commission’s Jennifer Eduh (center) and Visit Iceland’s Inga Palsdottir at Skift Forum Europe in Berlin.

Skift Take: Tune in to hear experts on European tourism discuss the recent growth in visitors — and how to best manage it.

— Hannah Sampson

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Americans Won’t Ditch Phones on Vacation Despite Travel Industry’s Digital Detox Push

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Many travelers dont want to unplug on vacation despite travel brands telling them that they should. Pictured are tourists taking photos with their phones in Times Square in New York City. Steve Newman

Skift Take: Travel is more accessible today than ever before because of mobile devices and the travel industry knows this. We don’t see anything wrong with nudging travelers to look up from their devices every now and then, but promoting a device-free vacation reads a little tone-deaf in 2018.

— Dan Peltier

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