First Unified Tourism Voice for Africa Faces Challenges

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A harbor in the Western Cape province of South Africa is pictured. A new pan-African tourism initiative is trying to grow the number of tourists to the continent. Marc Cooper / Flickr

Skift Take: Is the formation of a pan-African tourism body the solution to boosting the continent’s tourism numbers? With industry players slow to sign up, the new African Tourism Board initiative from the International Coalition of Tourism Partners has its work cut out for it.

— Richard Holmes

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Corporate Travel’s Fear of Failure Dims Innovation

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Personalization was the buzzword this year at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives’ summit in New York City on April 30, 2018. Jeremy Prout, regional security manager, International SOS and Control Risks, addressed attendees. Skift

Skift Take: It blows my mind that corporate travel executives say the same exact thing at this conference every year. It’s like Groundhog Day with more suits and fewer laughs. Everyone wants to be one step ahead, but where is the incentive to actually take that step?

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Frontier Airlines Pilots Ask Feds for OK to Pursue a Strike

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Pilots at Frontier Airlines have asked the government to release from mediation on a new contract. Pictured is one of the carrier’s Airbus A320s. Frontier Airlines

Skift Take: U.S. airline strikes are extremely rare because of government regulations designed to prevent them. For that reason, there’s no guarantee Frontier’s pilots will receive the permission they seek. But remember the last major U.S. pilot strike? It was in 2010, at Spirit Airlines, when it was controlled by Indigo Partners. The same private equity firm now owns Frontier.

— Brian Sumers

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Alaska Takes a Very Modest Approach Toward Overtourism at Popular Glacier

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The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to prevent overtourism near the Mendenhall Glacier. Pictured is a group of kayakers around Fritz Cove near the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. Peter Lee / Flickr

Skift Take: Visitor centers still have a place in a digital world. Crowd management could be one of their roles at some stressed-out destinations.

— Dan Peltier

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Kauai Courts Travelers After Island Recovers From Record Rainfall

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A view of Kauai, a Hawaiian island whose northernmost communities from Wainiha to Haena have been cut off as heavy rain has flooded Kuhio Highway. Max Seigal / Hawaii Tourism Authority Contact

Skift Take: Nearly 50 inches of rain fell in one 24-hour period in northern Kauai during part of an unusually wet winter and spring. The island needs to counter misleading news reports to make sure tourists keep coming, given that it is already at risk of being outpriced relative to newer hotspots like Okinawa and the eastern Philippines.

— Sean O’Neill

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