Scandal-tainted Wynn Resorts Adds Women to Its Board

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Wynn Resorts is moving to add more women to its board after a sexual harassment scandal befell its founder, Steve Wynn. Vincent M. King / Flickr

Skift Take: It may be too little, too late, for Wynn Resorts, which has received low marks for corporate governance for years. Now, after its legendary founder Steve Wynn resigned in February over sexual harassment allegations, the gaming and hotel giant is adding women to its board. Is this an attempt to make the company more attractive to potential buyers?

— Tom Lowry

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InterContinental Hotels CEO Isn’t Worried About Brexit

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The InterContinental London at The O2. IHGs CEO Keith Barr isn’t worried about Brexit. IHG

Skift Take: As the UK only represents a small portion of IHG’s overall business, CEO Keith Barr doesn’t need to worry too much about Brexit. The truth is nobody really knows exactly what kind of impact it is going to have, especially as both sides have yet to agree divorce terms.

— Patrick Whyte

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An Aviation Schmooze Fest Reveals a Passenger’s Wish List for Jet Travel

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The Gogo stand at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, where a barista was on hand to serve coffee. The event is the biggest of the year. Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018

Skift Take: Yes, there’s some innovation on display at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. But mostly, the three-day show is about networking and building relationships.

— Brian Sumers

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Skift Forum Europe Preview: Booking CMO Adds Apartments to Complex Marketing Mix

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Booking.com CMO Pepijn Rijvers has to massage the company’s marketing messages now that it boasts more than 5 million alternative lodging listings. Booking.com

Skift Take: Booking.com has a test-and-learn culture, and chief marketing officer Pepijn Rijvers will be doing plenty of that over the next few years as he tries to sort out the complexities of marketing a widely diverse set of accommodation types. Ask anyone, though: It’s a great problem to have.

— Dennis Schaal

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Why News of Allegiant Air’s Safety Record Didn’t Surprise Airline Insiders

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CBS News produced a damaging report Sunday on Allegiant Air. Pictured is one the airline’s MD80s in Flint, Michigan. Conor Ralph / The Flint Journal- MLive.com via AP

Skift Take: The information presented Sunday on 60 Minutes might be new to most travelers, but not to airline industry insiders. The question now: Is Allegiant getting better? We think the answer is yes.

— Brian Sumers

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Event Planners Deal With Business Model Disruption

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The Web Summit 2013. Meeting planners are gearing up for a new reality where alternative revenue streams are more important. William Murphy / Flickr

Skift Take: The hubbub over commission cuts seems to have died down for now, although agents and planners are scrambling to figure out what to do. Booking away from Marriott and Hilton properties may not always be the best move for a client, so it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Homeland Security Facial Passenger Scans For U.S. Airports May Go Nationwide

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Facial scans could become more common at U.S. airports. Pictured is U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisor Erik Gordon, left, helps passenger Ronan Pabhye navigate one of the new facial recognition kiosks at a United Airlines gate before boarding a flight to Tokyo, July 12, 2017, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in Houston. David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Skift Take: With the ongoing backlash against companies improperly sharing and using data in recent months, facial scans will be a tough sell to many travelers especially if they’re implemented by the government.

— Dan Peltier

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Airports Are Using ‘Smart Glass’ to Get Travelers to Spend More on Food and Drinks

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Smart glass can make an airport terminal more pleasant, which in turn could boost food and beverage revenue. Bloomberg

Skift Take: If smart glass can make New York’s LaGuardia Airport less depressing, we’re all for that miracle, and might just order one more round.

— Sarah Enelow

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Marriott’s Unified Loyalty Program Reflects Its Amazon-Like Ambitions in Travel

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The new Marriott Rewards Moments marketplace will feature more than 110,000 experiences around the world. Marriott Rewards

Skift Take: The biggest challenge for brands like Marriott and others who want to enter the tours-and-activities/in-destination space, will be changing consumers’ behavior and how they think about booking those all important experiences.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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