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Editor's Note

It's the height of summer, and there's no better time to kick back with an ice-cold drink and a good read. So check out a few of Skift's best deep dives so far in 2019 below.

Especially topical is News Editor Sarah Enelow-Snyder's analysis of the airline industry's glass ceiling, given Philippine Airlines' recent about-face on naming Vivienne Tan its next chief.

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New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

Insiders sometimes privately ask if Ben Smith will be a short-timer at Air France-KLM. He is trying to bring big change to a company plagued by inertia. But change is happening. Let's see if Smith, who will be speaking at Skift Global Forum in New York on September 18, will have traction.

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Why Downtown Kansas City Is a Creative Crossroads for Business and Leisure Travel
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Kansas City's renaissance has made it a compelling destination for meeting planners who want to provide their attendees with not only top-notch convention infrastructure but also rich art and cultural experiences and next-level culinary offerings.

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Booking Holdings Delays Charging Hotels Resort Fee Commissions in Major Reversal

Booking Holdings faced opposition from hotels over its new resort-fee commission policy, although the brands that dropped out of Booking.com would not have delivered a material financial hit. This major reversal coincides with a leadership change atop Booking.com and represents a victory for hotels and their controversial fees.

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Taco Bell Is Pretty Serious That Its Pop-Up Hotel Won’t Be Its Last

Every non-hotel brand thinks it is a hospitality company. However, as popular and successful a run as Taco Bell has enjoyed in recent years, it does not have the level of expertise to run a hotel over the long haul on its own.

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Georgia’s Rising Tensions With Russia Could Be an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Georgia's tourism sector has been a striking success story over the last decade. While recent tensions with Russia threaten to upset the progress, they may also serve as the impetus for the country's tourism industry to become less reliant on its neighbor.

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Last Chance to Save on Skift Global Forum 2019 With Early Bird Tickets

We've confirmed top speakers to take the stage, and our program is taking shape. Save on your tickets for the latest edition of Skift Global Forum. Hurry, sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Fewer Visitors to Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum Spells Success: Here’s Why

In the age of overtourism, a top tourist attraction admitting they have a carrying capacity is a quietly radical act. For the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, it's one that has paid off.

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Great Skift Summer Reads
The Airline Industry's Glass Ceiling Is Still Sky-High: A Skift Deep Dive

Aviation has terrible gender optics, and not just with pilots and engineers. The c-suite is nearly void of women for flimsy, unacceptable reasons. In this deep dive, women on the commercial side of aviation share how it feels to hit the glass ceiling in 2019, and occasionally break through.

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Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Consumers in the West reach almost reflexively for the Google Maps app as the service becomes a nearly ubiquitous utility despite a dearth of messaging and payments. Whether it evolves into the next superapp may depend on whether users really want a do-everything app and the mood of regulators seeking to break up big tech.

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Hotels Have a Problem With Plastics: A Skift Deep Dive

The hotel industry is just waking up to the problem of plastic waste, but this is a two-way street. Hotels rely on this convenient, affordable material just as much as travelers do. The real struggle is turning newfound global awareness and municipal legislation into swift action.

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Southwest Air’s Paint Guru Keeps 750 Airplanes Looking Sharp

Peeling paint is a fact of life at an airline. But most carriers try their best to keep aircraft looking sharp. They view an airplane's livery as free advertising. That's why jobs like Corey Culbertson's are so important.

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Oyo to Invest $50 Million in Vietnam to Grow to 20,000 Hotel Rooms in 2020

After Indonesia, Vietnam turns out to be the next big playground in Southeast Asia for Oyo, which is targeting 20,000 rooms in the country by the end of 2020. But the more Oyo rooms multiply like rabbits, the more people want to know about the real returns on investment.

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