Tourism Boards Fund Event Security and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Nashville is shown in this photo from September 2016. The Nashville tourism board became the latest organization to offer grants to its city police department to ensure the safety of tourists. dconvertini

Skift Take: This week in tourism, event security gets financial support from local tourism boards, and we question whether some luxury experiences are guilty of cultural appropriation.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Pilotless Planes and Five Other Innovations That Could Change the Skies

Engineers at Rolls-Royce have developed miniature robots designed to speed up engine overhauls by removing the need for powerplants to be detached from the aircraft during maintenance visits.

Skift Take: A lot of this stuff is cool, and some of it may come to fruition. But only one thing scares pilot unions worldwide: pilotless planes, which are probably more feasible than most people think. That doesn’t mean they’re a good idea, though.

— Brian Sumers

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Superjumbo Jets Could Get New Lives After Major Airlines Retire Them

Airbus has had trouble selling new A380s, like the one pictured here. But some lessors are interested in used models.

Skift Take: The Airbus A380 isn’t the most efficient aircraft, and major airlines usually only make money with it flying between the biggest cities. But carriers with different models can improve the jet’s economics by packing on seats, so it makes sense some operators would want used A380s, if they can get them cheaply.

— Brian Sumers

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Ace Hotels Goes Luxe and 3 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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Ace Hotel marquee in New York on Nov. 15, 2017. Ace Hotels is getting into the luxury sector with a new property in New Orleans. Eden, Janine and Jim

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Ace Hotels steps into the luxury sector with a new property in New Orleans, and a new report finds that Airbnb could have a market capitalization larger than any hotel company.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Scenic Coastal Highway Reopens in California After Last Year’s Landslide

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Crews work to finish up a massive seawall at the base of the Mud Creek Slide alon Highway 1 on the coast of Big Sur, California. Joe Johnston

Skift Take: Although the local community in Big Sur managed to make the best of a potential tourism disaster, it’s good to know that things are finally back to normal following last May’s devastating landslide.

— Deanna Ting

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JetBlue Founder Confirms New Airline and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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Launch of JetBlue FlyFi on Dec. 11, 2013. JetBlue founder David Neeleman is starting a new U.S. airline. Anthony Quintano

Skift Take: This week in aviation, JetBlue’s founder confirms he’ll start a new U.S. airline, and investors are feeling more optimistic about United after its second-quarter earnings call.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

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Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan, features robot concierges and a roller coaster. It may someday also have a casino resort thanks to a new law permitting gambling. Akio Kon

Skift Take: After years of debate, Japan legalized casino gambling and created a path for three casino resorts to be built. Operators are lining up for their chance to get in on the building boom.

— Sean O’Neill

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Baltimore Considers Hotel Tax and Other Regulations for Short-Term Rentals

The Baltimore City Council is considering a bill to impose the hotel tax of 9.5 percent on short-term rentals and require hosts to license their properties with the city. Under the current draft, each owner would be granted no more than two licenses, one for his or her primary residence and one for a secondary […]

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