ChangChill, Thailand: Now an observation-only venue. World Animal ProtectionSkift Take: It seems far-fetched that a tiny village in Nepal that depends on elephant-back safaris could one day be a million-dollar profit attraction. If this initiative works, it’s a great day for tourism communities.
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Ryanair aircraft. The UK advertising advertising watchdog labelled one of the airline's environmental claims misleading. Anna Zvereva / FlickrSkift Take: Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the airline industry is desperate to inflate its green credentials. This is just one example of a worrying trend. — Patrick WhyteRead the Complete Story On Skift
Cathay Pacific Airways planes parked at the Hong Kong International Airport. The airline is asking its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave while the Hong Kong carrier struggles with plunging revenue due to China's virus outbreak. Vincent Thian / Associated PressSkift Take: This is an extraordinary move from Cathay Pacific, but it shows the kind of knife-edge conditions it was operating under. — Patrick WhyteRead the Complete Story On Skift
Shown here is Kadoro, the restaurant at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape, South Africa. The Red Carnation Hotel CollectionSkift Take: South African tourism is on the decline. There are several factors at play, but given the diversity of experiences that can be had in this country of 58 million people, what's needed is a new and sharper narrative. — Colin NagyRead the Complete Story On Skift
The living wall in Avoya Travel's new innovation center in San Diego County, Calif. The agency said it added 500 travel advisors in 2019. Avoya TravelSkift Take: Strong sales are giving travel agencies the means to expand, but they face challenges in finding experienced travel advisors. As a way around this, some are looking to acquire existing agencies or attract more independents to their host operations. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift