Resort Fees Come Under Fire in DC and 6 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Lawmakers proposed legislation that would ensure hotels and online travel agencies, like Westin Times Square shown here, are advertising room rates that include all fees. Westin Hotels & ResortsSkift Take: This week in hospitality, new proposed legislation could change the way resort fees are displayed. Then we take a look at Six Senses' green plan to become plastic-free in the next three years. — Jasmine GanaishlalRead the Complete Story On Skift

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The Trump Hotel in DC Earns Its First Michelin Star

Shown here is omakase offering from Sushi Nakazawa, located in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which now has a Michelin star. Sushi NakazawaSkift Take: The Michelin Guide might award stars in a system that doesn't factor in government politics, but we'd wager there will be more than a few eyebrows raised inside the Beltway — and out. — Faye ChiuRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Travel Advisors Decode Extra Cruise Fees and 13 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Travel advisors step in and help clients decide whether an all-inclusive package would be better than a budget cruise with added onboard fees. Carnival Corp.Skift Take: This week in tourism, travel advisors highlight the extra hidden fees on a "budget" cruise and demonstrate a better bang for the buck with an all-inclusive package. Meanwhile, Indonesia implements a new membership fee as it decides to keep Komodo Island open. — Jasmine GanaishlalRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Germany Targets Discount Airlines as It Plans New Airline Ticket Tax

Discount airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet could be disproportionately affected by Germany's proposed regulatory changes. Anna & Michal / FlickrSkift Take: Hmmm. Has Mrs. Merkel been listening to Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr? He has been criticizing discount airlines, including Ryanair, for contributing more than their share of pollution. This German government plan would have a bigger impact on discount airlines than full-service ones, according to Bloomberg. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary can't like that. — Brian SumersRead the Complete Story On Skift

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A Great Morocco Road Trip: My Favorite Itinerary and Car Rental Tips

  Let’s hit the road in this North African country and see what we can cover on a 2-3 week Morocco road trip. While you might be turned off by the idea of driving around Morocco, the combination of relatively good roads, a quiet countryside and friendly people make this an option for those who don’t mind getting behind the wheel of a reliable rental car.   A Guide to Renting a Car in Morocco First up…should you book a car for your Moroccan road trip online or find one when you arrive? The answer in my opinion is to book online. In fact, it’s probably essential to reserve a car in advance in high season in order to ensure you get a decent car at a decent price. The minimum age at which you can rent a car is...

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Travel Clothes Perfected With Aviator Jeans

It’s not a secret. I’m just not a fan of ‘travel clothes’. After 19 years of traveling the world, I don’t understand the concept. Fast-drying clothes? That sounds good but I don’t need clothes that dry in 27 seconds. Regular drying time works for me. Convertible pants/shorts? Wonderful! However, I don’t think I’ve ever felt a need to switch between the two in the middle of a day, ever. Am I weird? Super special material? I get it. Different materials have different benefits. Sure, some materials keep you cooler, some keep you warmer. Some are known for their otherworldly softness or their ability to stay ‘clean’, or at least hide the smell. But good old regular cotton does the trick, too. It works for millions of non-traveling people so why can’t it work for travelers as well? 429 pockets? Again,...

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How to Prepare Your Trip to Oman

What to pack and what not to pack, that is the question The allure of Oman lies as much in its geographical location as it does its rich history. Ancient culture blends with contemporary influences to create an intriguing travel destination. What should you then bring on your journey to make the most out of the experience? Electronic Visa for Oman One of the most essential items to bring when traveling to Oman is your travel documentation and you will most likely need an eVisa to enter the country. There are different visa requirements depending on which country you come from. Requirements for Americans for an Oman e-Visa for example include a valid passport and the ability to pay for your visa. The eVisa process is fairly simple and it is possible to apply online. The online visa application...

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Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

A guest wears a Carnival Corp. Ocean Medallion wristband. Travel advisors and their customers have to grapple with a bevy of cruise fees that are added to the fare. Carnival Corp.Skift Take: The low base fares promoted by some budget and mid-level cruise lines rarely indicate what the actual cost of a sailing will be. Travel advisors are stepping in to advise clients about onboard charges and, in some cases, showing that a higher-end cruise with all-inclusive pricing is actually a better value. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift

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