American Airlines Ponders Airbus Narrowbody in Blow to Boeing

American Airlines

American Airlines already flies a shorter range Airbus A321, like the one pictured here. It may want a longer range version. American Airlines

Skift Take: Several U.S. airlines say they’re interested in what Boeing plans to replace the 757 and 767. But Boeing is moving slowly — its attention is elsewhere now — and airlines may be getting antsy. Some carriers may be taking the Airbus A321XLR more seriously than they otherwise might.

— Brian Sumers

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What If Accor Acquires Oyo?

Oyo Hotels and Homes.

The Oyo 101 Click Hotel, Dubai. Global presence is one of Oyo’s advantages. Oyo Hotels and Homes.

Skift Take: A full-blown acquisition or a stake in a tech-focused budget hotel player by a global hotel chain will be yet another strange development in the hospitality industry. But as we’ve seen, nothing is really strange anymore. This is an interesting development to watch, as the implications can be far-reaching.

— Raini Hamdi

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The Man Who Puts the Sparkle in the Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

Anthony Benitez is a glass attendant at the Baccarat Hotel in New York City. The hotel, which showcases Baccarat crystal, would not be what it is without his attention to the highest standard of excellence. Baccarat Hotel

Skift Take: When your brand is all about high-quality, custom-crafted crystal, you’d better be sure that the message shines throughout any product extensions. To uphold and safeguard Baccarat’s identity, enter the glass attendant.

— Laura Powell

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Selling U.S. Tourism in Trump Era Leaves Industry Grasping for Fixes

U.S. Travel

Roger Dow, the president and CEO of U.S. Travel, addressing the crowd this week at the IPW conference in Anaheim, California. U.S. Travel

Skift Take: During the past couple of years, American government policies have been smearing the welcome mat that the U.S. travel industry tries to roll out for international tourists. As one U.S. Travel official noted this week: “Travel will go where it’s easiest to go.” And these days coming to America is not easy.

— Laura Powell

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Finding Opportunity in the Chaos of Asia’s Travel Market

Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. Skift Asia Forum just wrapped a week ago in the city, and now as a follow-up we launch the first edition of our latest newsletter focusing on the business of travel in APAC. Jewel Changi Airport

Skift Take: Nowhere is this complexity and turmoil more pronounced than in Asia, where market growth, travel technology, and consumer behavior all converge to make the region a fertile ground for disruption and innovation.

— Raini Hamdi

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College Tour Planning a Likely Course for Travel Advisors

Karen Leigh and Dandan Li  / Bloomberg

Pictured are students at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Travel agents have found a niche in organizing college tours. Karen Leigh and Dandan Li / Bloomberg

Skift Take: With college such a substantial investment for many families, touring prospective campuses is a growing priority. This is creating opportunities for travel advisors to step in and handle the logistics.

— Maria Lenhart

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College Tour Planning Is a Growing Niche for Travel Advisors

Custom College Visits

Brittany Caine, the daughter of Janice Caine, founder of Custom College Visits, at Southern Methodist University.
Custom College Visits

Skift Take: The business of planning custom college tours has the potential to grow as tuition continues to balloon at schools across the U.S. The relative cost of having an expert plan an intensive college visit may be worth it for students and families preparing to make a major investment.

— Paul Biasco

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