Hawaii Ruling Stands That B&B Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couple

A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated by denying a room to two women because they’re gay will stand after the state’s high court declined to take up the case.

Skift Take: Hopefully this will put pressure on all kinds of travel brands, from small businesses to the largest companies, to be more welcoming of all travelers.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Delta Continues Strong Growth Despite Higher Fuel Costs

Delta Air Lines Inc. ordered 100 of Airbus SE’s A321neo jetliners, a deal with a list value of $12.7 billion, in a major victory for the European planemaker over Boeing Co.

Skift Take: As Delta goes, so goes the rest of the U.S. aviation sector. While the conversation will be centered around dealing with increased costs, all the fundamentals are still in place for Delta to continue growth across the board and expand abroad.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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CanadaStays Partners with Inntopia

  CanadaStays announced yesterday its partnership with Inntopia, a booking system for hotel and lodging managers. By distributing on CanadaStays, Inntopia property managers now have a direct connection to the largest vacation rental audience in Canada. Toronto-based CanadaStays lists more than 140,000 vacation rental properties in more than 11,000 destinations across Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean, […]

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New Skift Report: Balancing Purpose and Profit in the Travel Industry

Skift Take: Many travel brands assume that committing to do good means they will take a hit to their bottom line. But based on a growing body of evidence, it’s simply not true. Companies like Intrepid Travel are discovering that purpose-driven business goals can help their organizations become more innovative, resilient, authentic, and profitable.

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Norwegian Air CEO Is Wait and See on Possible Sale as Competitors Show Interest

Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kjos said most airlines would prefer to remain independent. Both other larger airlines in Europe have expressed interest in his carrier.

Skift Take: Norwegian Air reported earnings Thursday, and a lot of analysts expected it to feel like a funeral. But something funny happened. The airline reported a profit. Does this mean it’s in good shape? Probably not, but at least it’s better than a loss.

— Brian Sumers

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Ryanair Cancels Flights After Pilot Walkout

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A Ryanair jet. The carrier is canceling flights as a result of a pilot strike. Jumbero

Skift Take: It’s only a small number of flights this time but will strike action embolden pilots to do it again in the future? If unrest spreads to other bases across Europe it will really test Ryanair’s resolve.

— Patrick Whyte

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Airline, Hotel and Silicon Valley Heavyweights Back Startup Aiming to Fix Travel Data Hurdle

A view of the Chicago office of travel technology startup Journera, which has raised $9 million on the promise that it can connect data scattered across databases and give airlines, hotel chains, and other travel suppliers a full picture of a traveler’s journey.

Skift Take: Journera aims to act like a magnet attracting relevant information across company databases about a traveler’s complete trip. It would help, say, a hotel learn when a high-status customer’s flight has been delayed. While the idea is great in theory, it may prove elusive in practice.

— Sean O’Neill

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Puerto Rico Emerges From Hurricane Maria With a Plan and New Hope for Tourism

View of the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Cross of Burgundy flag at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Skift Take: For more than a century, Puerto Rico has been divided along two identities – Puerto Rican and American. But Hurricane Maria has forced it to reach a point where its tourism industry must merge the two, and market the destination in a way like many others on the mainland have done for decades if it hopes to become a global success story.

— Dan Peltier

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UK and Ireland Cruisers Are Actually Getting Older Despite Push for Millennials

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca ship, pictured in Slovenia. The average age of a UK and Ireland ocean cruise passenger increased in 2017.

Skift Take: While some cruise lines have had success targeting younger travelers, it is older people who are still the most interested. But so what? There are plenty of wealthy retirees who are happy to while away their days sipping cocktails at sea.

— Patrick Whyte

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The U.S. Braces for More Airline Competition. Finally.

When David Neeleman was pushed out of JetBlue Airways, he went to Brazil to start a new airline there called Azul. Now, he may want back into the U.S. market.

Skift Take: U.S. airline consumers hate to admit it — they love bashing airlines, after all — but the competitive environment is strong right now, and considering rising fuel prices, fares are decent. But if there’s a new entrant into the marketplace, like David Neeleman’s proposed new carrier, things could get even better for customers.

— Brian Sumers

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