Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive of Boeing, is seen on March 7, 2019. Anna Moneymaker / Bloomberg NewsSkift Take: Boeing is going to have to do more than apologize to make travelers comfortable with taking the risk of flying on the 737 Max when it returns to service. Travel buyers and managers, too, are unlikely to ignore the risk with their jobs at stake. — Andrew SheivachmanRead the Complete Story On Skift
Southwest aircraft on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport. David Paul Morris / BloombergSkift Take: This is a big step for the airline, which has historically kept its inventory off nearly all global distribution systems, online travel agencies, and corporate booking tools. — Isaac CareyRead the Complete Story On Skift
Croupiers at Sands Macau. Bobby Yip, ReutersSkift 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. — Raini HamdiRead the Complete Story On Skift
Cathay Pacific. BloombergSkift Take: With flights being rescheduled or axed, and home carrier Cathay itself strongly recommending passengers to postpone non-essential travel, Hong Kong industry’s hopes for a softer impact on business are quickly dimming. — Raini HamdiRead the Complete Story On Skift
A new price-match guarantee from Red Roof Inn is designed to keep guests booking directly with the chain. Red RoofSkift Take: Red Roof's new best rate guarantee program provides a strong incentive to anyone who finds a cheaper room rate through a third party site. With hotel distribution channels tightening up though, consumers may have a hard time in finding those deals. — Grant MartinRead the Complete Story On Skift
Edinburgh is just one of the destinations to implement a tourism tax. HannahWebb / FlickrSkift Take: Are destinations taxing visitors because they don't want them to show up? Actually, the conversation around tourism taxes shows that it's not really less visitors that destinations want — it's more resources and management tools to deal with them properly. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift
An oversupply of hotels rooms in places like Dubai (pictured) is prompting third-party management companies to offer their services. Rickisfriends / Visual HuntSkift Take: Third-party management is a relative unknown in the Middle East’s hospitality landscape. The challenge that white-label companies face is convincing owners and operators to relinquish control.
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You know how they say it’s the little things that matter? Well, today, I want to quickly mention one of the unsung heroes of my traveling life. So, let’s wander off the beaten track for a bit and talk about a little tool that helps me keep my mind at ease when on the road.
I’m talking about a VPN app. VPN is short for Virtual Private Network. What’s a VPN have to do with traveling? Here we go…
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I’m going to dive straight into it.
Firstly, full disclosure. The VPN app I’ll be talking about is CyberGhost VPN. I’m not saying it’s the best, the prettiest, the most amazing one out there, or anything like that. But it’s what I’ve been using, and I wouldn’t trade it for any other at the...