Impact of Mass Shootings and 12 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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The White House on May 23, 2018. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the travel ban. timeflicks

Skift Take: This week in tourism, we considered two sobering topics: the impact of so many mass shootings in the U.S. on inbound visitation, and the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding Trump’s travel ban.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Booking Sites May Be Breaking Law According to UK Watchdog

The Expedia app. UK authorities believe a variety of online booking sites may be breaking the law.

Skift Take: UK regulators contend that some booking sites are violating consumer protection laws by playing around with discounting, commissions, and hidden charges. Expedia and Booking.com will have to change their business practices or head to court.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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London’s Mobile Gaming App and 9 Other Digital Trends This Week

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Using a mobile app in London on July 21, 2015. The city is hoping to use a mobile app to fight overtourism. 10 10

Skift Take: This week in digital news, London is using a mobile gaming app to battle overtourism since tourists are already married to their phones, and credit card rewards are getting more targeted and competitive.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Brazil’s Airlines Struggle to Keep Up With Rising Fuel Prices

Gol Airlines’ stock is suffering as the carrier struggles with higher fuel prices. Pictured is a Gol Boeing 737.

Skift Take: We keep hearing Brazil’s economy is coming back. But many of the country’s airlines are not racking up profits. The problem? They make their revenue in local currency, but many of their costs and much of their debt is in U.S. dollars. And the Brazilian currency has been losing significant value against the dollar.

— Brian Sumers

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The Pitfalls of Booze on Planes and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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American Airlines’ drink service for business class passengers with Japanese plum liqueur on October 22, 2014. Carriers must weigh the pros and cons of serving alcohol on board. Luke Lai

Skift Take: This week in aviation, we weighed the pros and cons of something flyers take for granted: drinking on board. Carriers don’t want drunk, belligerent passengers, but they also don’t want to lose their reliable booze revenue, either.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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More Americans Are Traveling to Escape From Scary Headlines

Almost two-thirds of Americans listed “the state of the nation” as their primary source of stress, above both money and work, according to a recent survey. Camping trips are on the upswing as a result.

Skift Take: Camping trips, travel, and even a film about Mr. Rogers are helping many U.S. citizens tune out what many are calling the nation’s lowest point in history.

— Sean O’Neill

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Marriott to Take Over Former Trump Hotel in Panama

Located at the tip of the Punta Pacifica Peninsula, the Trump Ocean Club Hotel opened in 2011. It will be rebranded as a JW Marriott soon.

Skift Take: A private equity investor had bought a majority of the units in the Panama property and then fired the Trump Organization’s management company and brand. Everything about the Trump brand is contested these days.

— Sean O’Neill

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Rethinking Travel Marketing for an Era of Infinite Customer Touchpoints

Skift Take: The travel industry has officially entered the era of “omnichannel” marketing, a time when every screen, every device, and every customer interaction is an opportunity to connect with travelers. In order to take advantage, travel organizations will need to rethink how they design, execute, and measure marketing campaigns.

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Why Airbnb Isn’t in a Rush to Go Public

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaking at an event in February 2018. The company has not yet set a date for an IPO.

Skift Take: With investors seemingly falling over themselves to offer Airbnb cash, the company doesn’t really need that headline-grabbing IPO. Sadly, this means we’ll have to wait a little more time to find out just how profitable it really is.

— Patrick Whyte

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