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Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali's income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial government will charge a toll of its own: a $10 tax on
AeroMexico Made a Highly Relevant Video Ad That’s the Opposite of Divisive

AeroMexico Made a Highly Relevant Video Ad That’s the Opposite of Divisive

Twitter users are saying the airline just trolled Americans — and the outcome is pretty funny. -Isaac Carey
TSA Absences Continue to Rise as Holiday Weekend Approaches

TSA Absences Continue to Rise as Holiday Weekend Approaches

A good portion of the U.S. federal government is closed, and all kinds of functions are affected. But the nation's air transport system is getting extra attention, perhaps because long security lines
Airbnb Talked to HotelTonight About an Acquisition But Would It Make Sense?

Airbnb Talked to HotelTonight About an Acquisition But Would It Make Sense?

Is Airbnb flailing at a way to build an expansion narrative ahead of an initial public offering? Buying HotelTonight would save some time and effort in making inroads with boutique hotels, but does
Trump’s War on Foreign Visas Leads to Less Student Travel to U.S.

Trump’s War on Foreign Visas Leads to Less Student Travel to U.S.

Fewer international college students are heading to the U.S. for their studies. This means a reduction in travel and all of the economic benefits that cities see from robust foreign
Airlines Prioritize New Technologies as They Position Themselves for the Future

Airlines Prioritize New Technologies as They Position Themselves for the Future

For years so many airlines were relatively content to sit back and rest on their legacy technologies. These moves by airlines to adapt new technologies are a healthy omen for the future. -Dennis
China’s Alibaba Trims Business Travel Spend as Trade War Concerns Mount

China’s Alibaba Trims Business Travel Spend as Trade War Concerns Mount

Alibaba's business travelers are no longer routinely booking extra-legroom seats, and they are not riding solo in taxis. The impact of U.S.-China trade war tensions is creeping into U.S.-China travel
Ryanair Issues Profit Warning as Fares Tumble

Ryanair Issues Profit Warning as Fares Tumble

Ryanair's lowered guidance is a sign of how tough things are for European airlines at the moment. Fortunately, the airline is still highly profitable; the same can't be said for some of its smaller
Outdoorsy Raises $50 Million for RV Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Outdoorsy Raises $50 Million for RV Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Outdoorsy, an outdoor recreational vehicle marketplace, has raised $50 million in Series C funding. Plus, more travel startup funding news this week from esports brand ReKTGlobal, social trip-tracking
How Lyft Tries to Hook Biz Travelers

How Lyft Tries to Hook Biz Travelers

Lyft wants to become a bigger part of business travel life by offering rewards and more flexible transportation options. And if they start using Lyft in their personal lives as well, that's a big
Hotels Should Be Careful Not to Underestimate the Impact of the U.S. Government Shutdown

Hotels Should Be Careful Not to Underestimate the Impact of the U.S. Government Shutdown

As yet another day is added to the shutdown, the impact is felt more deeply. If hotels are forced to send employees home, even more Americans will miss out on paychecks. -Isaac Carey
Premier Inn Owner Looks to Put Pressure on Independent Hotels

Premier Inn Owner Looks to Put Pressure on Independent Hotels

In an economic downturn there are winners as well as losers. Whitbread will be hoping Premier Inn comes out on top when Brexit starts to bite. -Patrick Whyte
Vietnam Tour Operator Vietravel to Launch New Airline

Vietnam Tour Operator Vietravel to Launch New Airline

What? Another new airline in Vietnam? Bamboo Airways has barely taken to the skies when a major tour operator in the country decides we want to get in on this, too. Tourism is booming in Vietnam but
Enterprise Expands in Corporate Travel With Deem Acquisition

Enterprise Expands in Corporate Travel With Deem Acquisition

The long saga of Deem looks to have come to an end. One has to wonder if the investors who shelled out to fund the company for the last 20 years will be happy with the return, though. -Andrew
Skift’s First-Ever Wellness Megatrends

Skift’s First-Ever Wellness Megatrends

From health biohacking and on-demand fitness, to innovative wearable tech and more, it’s safe to say wellness isn’t just having a moment –– it’s a full-on movement that will only continue to gain
Personalization in Travel Marketing: Moving Beyond the Buzzword

Personalization in Travel Marketing: Moving Beyond the Buzzword

The concept of “personalization” has been touted by travel marketers so often in the last few years, that most would agree that it’s become a bit overused. It’s time for travel brands to evolve beyond
Business Travel Mobility Becomes Focus for Lyft

Business Travel Mobility Becomes Focus for Lyft

As ridesharing platforms mature, they'll offer more options for getting around than just car rides. And they're hoping to capture more spending from business travelers, as well. -Andrew Sheivachman
Watchdog Finds Trump D.C. Hotel Should Not Have Been Cleared on Foreign Payments

Watchdog Finds Trump D.C. Hotel Should Not Have Been Cleared on Foreign Payments

If it smells like it violates the U.S. Constitution, it probably violates the U.S. Constitution. -Dennis Schaal
Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Bangkok needs more than rainmakers to be treated seriously as the world’s top city destination, and to be a strong contender for medical tourists. Here’s what's choking the city and why it’s unhealthy
Europe’s Busiest Airports — Ranked

Europe’s Busiest Airports — Ranked

Even with two crowded runways, London Heathrow airport is still the busiest airport in Europe, but how long will this last? -Patrick Whyte