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Marriott Resort Fee Lawsuit Puts New Target on Long-Held Hotel Industry Practice

Do not think that this lawsuit only matters to Marriott. Competitors are keeping a close eye on the case, knowing they could be next. The industry has a big decision to make about how it charges amenity fees, if at all.

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The Evolution of a Destination: This Island Is Tapping History to Build a Better, Forward-Looking Tourism Industry
Sponsored by Guam Visitors Bureau

With a rich history and a bright future, Guam is stepping up its efforts to appeal to a new generation of travelers by celebrating the past and embracing the way consumers travel now. A first-of-its-kind travel industry summit this August should help foster innovation too.

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Southwest Joins NDC Exchange for More Efficient Airline Booking

Sure enough, more travel companies are starting to inch toward direct booking. Southwest has always been a leader in this area among the big U.S. carriers, and this move will help it do more business with corporate travelers.

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Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Once again — and this time it's the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn't have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

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Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

Travelers indeed shop all over the place when they are doing trip-planning. But to downplay Google's dominant role, as an exec did Tuesday, when travel brands are spending billions of dollars annually with the search engine-turned-travel-product operator, is disingenuous.

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Book Your Tickets for the World Aviation Festival 2019
Sponsored by World Aviation Festival

Join 4,500 attendees to discuss AI, digital transformation, distribution, evolving business models, retailing, marketing, loyalty, and so much more. Be inspired by 400 speakers, including CEOs from Emirates, JetBlue, EasyJet​, AirAsia, Virgin Atlantic, and Heathrow. Save 15% on your ticket with code SKIFT.

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Newark Airport Is Betting New Munich Operators Will Help It Go From Worst to Best

It's no secret New York's airports need an overhaul. Port Authority is bringing in the operator of one of the world's best-regarded airports to do it — but structural challenges in the U.S. remain.

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Travel Beyond Plastics
Atlanta: An Airport Case Study in Trying to Manage Plastic Waste

To reduce plastic waste, airports have to work with airlines, concessionaires, travelers, designers, local governments, and other parties. That's a lot of people to educate and much behavior to influence.

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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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Plastics in Airline Catering Raise Questions About Carbon Emissions

Airlines have a love-hate relationship with plastics, especially when it comes to food and beverage. Plastics pose a serious environmental threat, but at the same time they're lightweight and thereby help reduce carbon emissions. Can carriers tackle both of these problems at once?

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Editor's Picks
United Airlines’ Quest for New Revenue Bucks Trend Toward Simplicity

United is taking more chances than the typical risk-averse airline. That should help it boost revenue. But will it all be too complicated for the airline's operational teams?

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Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Tourism pledges are commonly thought of as a way to improve visitor behavior. But done right, they can also potentially help attract a desirable kind of traveler: one who cares about the environment as much as locals.

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