New Toy Story Land Shows Disney Isn’t Playing With Theme Park Competitors

The Slinky Dog Dash is shown at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new Toy Story Land opens Saturday.

Skift Take: Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida should become more of a destination in its own right with the addition of Toy Story Land. Will that help ease the crowds at other parks — and keep guests staying at Disney longer?

— Hannah Sampson

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TourRadar Receives $50 Million for Multi-Day Tour Sales: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century citadel in the Andes Mountains in Peru that requires a multi-day trip to see. It is one of the popular multiday activities offered by online travel agency TourRadar, which has just received $50 million in Series C funding.

Skift Take: TourRadar stands apart from other online sellers of activities with its rare, leading focus on multiday tours. Meanwhile, Triptease, the hotel direct booking specialist, and Chowbotics, a maker of food service robots, also announced funding.

— Sean O’Neill

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Video: Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer on the Power of Selling Direct

Chief Marketing Kenny Jacobs said Ryanair doesn’t spend any money with Google and doesn’t intend to. He spoke at Skift Forum Europe in Berlin.

Skift Take: Ryanair hasn’t had the best year. Its reputation took a hit recently when it was forced to cancel thousands of flights because of pilot scheduling issues. But the customers have come back. Why? Cheap fares. It’s the secret sauce.

— Brian Sumers

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The Plight of the Millennial Business Traveler

Nam Y. Huh

In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, travelers line up at a security checkpoint area in Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh

Skift Take: Business travel is obviously a great way to advance your career, but few talk about the negative effects like weight gain, stress, and problems with personal relationships. As younger professionals enter the workforce, more travel managers and corporate leaders should pay attention to the ways that business travel can lead to a problematic lifestyle.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Old World French Countryside is Getting New Luxury Hotels This Summer

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St. Tropez, pictured here, is often considered the unofficial yacht capital of the world. Ronald van der Graaf

Skift Take: Just another reason for the rich and famous to pay a visit to the French countryside this year. The bourgeois traveling class will come, too, but they’ll probably opt for a train or car rather than a private yacht.

— Dan Peltier

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Kenya Airways Proposes to Add New Boeing Aircraft as Its Turnaround Effort Continues

Kenya Airways, in the midst of a turnaround effort, may add as many as 10 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Pictured is a Boeing 777 operated by the carrier.

Skift Take: It’s a little early to say Kenya Airways is back on track. But the airline has an expatriate CEO with a good record of making tough decisions and turning around lagging airlines, and things are looking brighter.

— Brian Sumers

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Chinese Airlines and Luxury Retailers Stung by Shifting Currency Exchange Rates

Alexander F. Yuan

In this photo, an Air China’s Boeing 777 jet taxis to a gate after landing at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China. The Chinese yuan has depreciated in value against other currencies making it difficult for the country’s outbound tourism and for its domestic airlines in some ways. Alexander F. Yuan

Skift Take: China has been letting the value of its currency weaken to a six-month low as a response to a simmering trade war with the U.S. But that move is hurting domestic airlines and luxury retailers outside the mainland.

— Sean O’Neill

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Korean Air CEO Suspected of Embezzlement

Cho Yang-ho, CEO of Korean Air Lines, apologized as he is being investigated.

Skift Take: A family scandal in South Korea has ensnared the patriarch, the chairman of Korean Air. As airline employees take the extraordinary measure of hitting the streets to call for his resignation, it sounds like Cho Yang-ho is not long for the C-suite.

— Tom Lowry

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Young Professionals Are Stressed Out But Still Love Business Travel

A promotional photo for Moxy Hotels. Millennials see business travel as a perk and a status symbol as it harms their personal lives and overall health.

Skift Take: It’s no surprise that business travel is seen as a great way to help launch your career, but it also stresses out young professionals and negatively impacts their personal lives.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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