Macau’s Gaming Revenue Falls in July Amid Hong Kong Protests
Croupiers at Sands Macau. Bobby Yip, Reuters
Skift Take: An unexpected decline in Macau’s gaming revenues raises the question of whether Macau casinos can continue to hold up. Though arrivals had been strong, which helped boost mass-market betting, the Hong Kong protests seem to be a bummer going forward.
A JetBlue E190 aircraft. The airlines recently lowered its revenue guidance. Nathan Coats / FlickrSkift Take: JetBlue has had a to navigate a tricky last few months. Reading between the lines, it seems that it's the international routes that are the problem with domestic demand still strong. — Patrick WhyteRead the Complete Story On Skift
The Westin Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Jeff Gunn / FlickrSkift Take: After the shocking closing of Mexico's federal tourism board, it's good news to see an international office opening — this time funded by the private sector rather than with government money. — Rosie SpinksRead the Complete Story On Skift
An EasyJet A320. The carrier's CEO is backing the potential of electric planes. Dylan Agbagni (CC0) / FlickrSkift Take: The growth of low-cost carriers has helped make travel more accessible but it has come at an environmental cost. Airlines like EasyJet are hoping that electric technology will one day act as a savior but it's hard to imagine battery-powered commercial jets ever flying across the Atlantic. — Patrick WhyteRead the Complete Story On Skift
Aerial View of Nymphenburg Palace. Langham Hospitality GroupSkift Take: With all the current troubles in Hong Kong, diversifying the business surely is a bigger priority. Langham has said it wants to expand big-time in Europe. It is re-entering the continent with style. — Raini HamdiRead the Complete Story On Skift
Skift Take: The European Union is the largest tourism destination in the world. Its accommodation sector is critical infrastructure supporting all of those travelers. Understand what shifts are taking place not just at the top level but also across subsectors, countries, and companies. — Seth BorkoRead the Complete Story On Skift
Skift Take: The hospitality industry in particular has struggled with recruiting and retaining workers over the last few years, as unemployment rates have dropped and tighter restrictions on immigration and work visas have been enforced. But there are a few things companies can do to develop a strong workforce. — Read the Complete Story On Skift
A still from one of Hilton's new ad spots featuring actress Anna Kendrick. HiltonSkift Take: Hilton's new ad campaign rollout last year clearly opened the company's eyes to reaching younger generations to build its leisure business. — Danni SantanaRead the Complete Story On Skift
Pictured is a Marriott Homes & Villas property in Tulum, Mexico. Marriott InternationalSkift Take: Marriott believes it has a responsibility to make every type of lodging accommodation available to travelers. That, in a nutshell, explains the company's activity — and challenge — so far in 2019. — Danni SantanaRead the Complete Story On Skift
When you purchase your flight, you could simply pay a lot of money to book a good airline seat. Of course, most airlines charge you to select a seat in advance. And prices for choosing your own seat in advance seem to be on the rise.
Recently, I was flying from Miami to Lisbon and TAP Portugal Airlines wanted $57 for me to choose a good seat. I decided not to pay.
Does that mean I was stuck with a bad seat?
Not at all. If you don’t want to dish out a bunch of money, there’s definitely still hope for you to book a good airline seat.
The second option…
I’m going to use another example of a recent flight I took.
Washington Dulles Airport to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines (A330-300 airplane)
Since I didn’t feel like paying another $50+ for a...
I thought it would only be about abandoned buildings. And while we did visit and wander through dozens of schools, cafes, bus stations, hospitals, hotels, boat houses, supermarkets, television shops, summer camps, and a ton of more places, the experience of a Chernobyl trip went far beyond all of that.
For 3 nights and 4 days we were in ‘the zone’.
It was eye-opening, educational and very raw, all in one. We stayed in an old Soviet hotel in Chernobyl city, the only working town in the exclusion zone and home to several thousand people, almost all of whom work in some power plant / disaster related job. The rest of the population in town run the shop, two hotels, restaurant and other small businesses that support the workers.
Each day of our Chernobyl trip we learned more...