Shareholders Push Travel Companies to Disclose Political Giving As Mid-Terms Loom

Wayne Thume

Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Wayne Thume

Skift Take: Travel isn’t as big a political player as some other industries, but major players wield significant influence over political candidates and the issues surrounding airports and hotels. More transparency is a good thing, particularly for shareholders who may fear a decline in stock value due to political positioning based on the whims of a company’s CEO.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Priceline Deal Means Closer Ties to Points International

Stars of the current Priceline advertising campaign, William Shatner and Kaley Cuoco. Booking Holdings is making some significant moves with its Priceline brand.

Skift Take: Priceline showed up with a new brand and better partner access last week, which should please those who use the Points.com network.

— Grant Martin

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Elaine Wynn Succeeds as One of Her Ex-Husband’s Allies to Depart Wynn Board

Two board members of Wynn Resorts said they would not stand for reelection. The company seeks to bounce back from a sexual-harassment scandal involving former CEO Steve Wynn.

Skift Take: Given the turmoil at Wynn Resorts, it’s probably a good idea to bring as many new board members as possible. The company could benefit from having a fresh group of overseers. Three-fifths of the board has left since February.

— Brian Sumers

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American Airlines Bans Some of the Most Unusual Emotional Support Animals

William Mathis

A dog named John John visits a pet relief area at New York’s JFK airport in 2016. American Airlines is cracking down on abuses of its emotional support animal program. William Mathis

Skift Take: American Airlines passengers will no longer have to share cabins with amphibians, ferrets, goats, hedgehogs, insects, spiders, snakes, rodents and sugar gliders, so that’s good. But plenty of passengers still will abuse the airline’s policies so they can fly with their pet dogs. That’s a shame, since we all know some of the dogs aren’t true support animals.

— Brian Sumers

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Gulf Carriers Are Challenged by a Capacity Glut

Qilai Shen

Gulf aviation is simply at overcapacity. Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker, Qatar’s PM al-Thani, Minister of Energy and Industry al-Sada and other delegates pose at a 2013 ceremony to mark the alliance of Qatar Airways with the oneworld grouping, in Doha. Qilai Shen

Skift Take: Western airlines campaigned for the U.S. to somehow level the playing field with Gulf carriers, who rely on fat subsidies. Their cries fell on deaf ears. But harsh market forces may challenge Qatar, Emirates, and others yet.

— Sean O’Neill

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