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Las Vegas Opens a Marijuana Museum Built for the Social Media Era

A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.<p>Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram …

Social Media

Wow Air on Reinvention and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This …

Turkish Airlines

Millennials Are Driving Sales of Tech-Enabled Airstream Trailers

Millennials can’t seem to get enough of recreational vehicles. Airstream’s tech-savvy RVs continue to sell through the roof as the outdoorsy, …

Airstream

The Future of Experiences and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This …

Travel Industry

5 Ways an Emirates-Etihad Merger Would Transform the Airline Industry

A combination of Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad would be the airline industry’s deal of the decade, if it can be pulled off.<p>Executives …

Abu Dhabi

Hilton Grows All-Inclusives and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This …

Travel Industry

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Is Positioning Itself as a Draw for Chinese Tourists

The global cultural industry, from art museums to orchestras, better prepare itself. The massive increase in Chinese outbound travel, and the …

San Francisco

TripAdvisor's Professional Content and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This …

Booking Holdings

RwandAir Focuses on New Routes in Push to Boost Tourism

RwandAir is prioritizing adding new routes and overhauling its existing fleet over short-term profitability as the state-owned airline focuses on …

Long Haul

Eventbrite's Surging IPO Shines Light on Fragmented Event Tech Sector

Now that Eventbrite’s long-awaited initial public offering is here, with the 12-year-old company emerging as a newly-minted Unicorn, the spotlight is …

Eventbrite

Delta Expands Its Facial Recognition Technology Test to Atlanta

Delta Air Lines Inc.is deploying facial-recognition technology to replace passports and tickets at Atlanta’s airport in a test that could lead to …

Airports

American Airlines Copies U.S. Rivals by Hiking Checked Baggage Fees

American Airlines Group Inc. became the last of the three largest U.S. carriers to boost its fee for a first- or second- checked bag by $5.<p>The …

American Airlines

Jet Airways Staggers Payments to Pilots as Tax Watchdogs Check Its Books

Shares of Jet Airways India Ltd. headed for their lowest level in almost four years after income-tax authorities conducted a “survey” at its offices, …

Jet Airways

Loyalty Beyond Points and Miles: Creating Rewarding Experiences for the Experiential and Millennial Traveler

Consumer attitudes toward loyalty programs are in the midst of a generational shift. That’s largely due to the growing consumer clout of millennials, …

Loyalty

JetBlue Founder Sees His Startup as Tech Company That Happens to Fly Planes

David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways Corp. and a serial airline entrepreneur, sees a way to make his next U.S. carrier stand out in a market …

Low-Cost Carriers

Flight Centre Buys Umapped To Boost Tech Capability

<i>Editor's Note: Gateway is a Skift series featuring first-hand, original stories from our correspondents embedded in cities around the world. The logo</i> …

Customers

Skift Global Forum Preview: Princess Cruises Is Evolving With History in Mind

<i>More than 1,100 of travel's most forward-thinking insiders will gather for our annual Skift Global Forum in New York, September 27–28. In just a few</i> …

Travel Industry

Setoo Raises $9.3 Million for Insurance Innovation: Travel Startup Funding This Week

<i>Each week we round up travel startups that have recently received or announced funding. Please email Travel Tech Editor Sean O'Neill at so@skift.com</i> …

Booking Holdings' Agoda Takes a Distinctive Approach on Short-Term Rentals

Much has been said about how online travel agency Booking.com in the past two years has played an aggressive game of catch-up in alternative …

Booking Holdings

Turkish Airlines' Biz Travel Ambitions

I was in Istanbul this week for the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club conference, where the airline’s leadership further detailed its plans to grow …

Turkish Airlines

Frontier Lowers Its Change Fees As Competition Heats Up

As some of its competitors increase fee prices to add revenue as fuel prices rise, Frontier Airlines seeks to differentiate itself by reducing how …

Customers

How Meeting Planners Can Leverage Albuquerque’s Legacy as a Cultural Crossroads

What does it look like when a city doesn’t just embrace diversity and foster inclusivity, but rather, grounds its very identity and way of life in …

Albuquerque

South Africa to Ease Visa Rules to Boost Tourism

South Africa’s cabinet decided to loosen visa rules and scrap a controversial travel requirement for children as it seeks to attract more investment …

South Africa

Choice Hotels Debuts New Midscale Brand Clarion Pointe

Another day, and yet another new hotel brand.<p>Choice Hotels International, the Rockville, Maryland-based company behind such brands as Comfort Inn, …

Clarion

Emirates Looks to Become World's Largest Airline With Takeover of Etihad

Any deal, talk on which are only at a preliminary stage, would require the blessing of the rulers of the richest sheikhdoms in the United Arab …

United Arab Emirates

Chinese Tourism to Thailand Plunges Due to Economic Slowdown

Trade tension may be taking a toll on Chinese tourist arrivals in Thailand, hurting a key engine of growth for Southeast Asia’s second-largest …

Turkish Airlines Plans for Growth With Business Travel at Core

The last two years have been challenging for Turkish Airlines, as geopolitical issues and a nascent economic slowdown have posed challenges to its …

Turkish Airlines

Ryanair Rebuffs Plot to Depose Chairman

Ryanair Holdings Plc staved off efforts to oust its chairman of more than two decades following a year of disruption and stand-offs with pilots and …

Private Equity

Lessons for Reviving Caribbean Tourism One Year After Hurricanes' Devastation

The staff at Wimco Villas on St. Barths moved fast after Hurricane Irma’s 150 mile-per-hour winds left the island last September. The company’s …

Puerto Rico

How Hotels Need to Balance the Amenities We Want Versus Those We Actually Use

Our anticipated use of certain hotel amenities is often greater than our actual use, according to the findings of a new study from the Cornell …

Swimming Pools