What’s Behind Executive Burnout in Travel and 10 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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With punishing schedules, business travel executives are more likely to burn out, especially in the 24/7 travel industry. Saulo Mohana / Unsplash

Skift Take: This week in tourism, careers can be demanding — that’s just a fact — and for those working in the nonstop travel industry, a burnout is even more likely to happen. Meanwhile, cruises will grow in spite of any recession, or at least that’s what two top cruising executives think.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Guests May Still Be Hesitant to Visit Disney’s Latest Star Wars Land

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The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Looks like Disney’s second Star Wars park is turning out to be another Phantom Menace. Maybe involving Baby Yoda, Star Wars’ latest big hit, will bring some fresh ideas to attract hesitant vacationers.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Allegiant Air Reimagined and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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Allegiant Air Airbus A319. The company in 2012 began acquiring A319s and A320s and now has a goal of only flying these models. Tomás Del Coro / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, Allegiant Air continues to top its economic growth, but it isn’t slowing down as the airline revamps its business model to be more of a travel company. Meanwhile, the European airline industry can’t seem to catch a break as Lufthansa faces a potential fine by the end of the year.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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How Cruises Will Drive Even More of Travel Advisor Sales

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Royal Caribbean ships are shown in Cozumel. Woody Hibbard / Flickr

Skift Take: World Travel Holdings has emerged as a powerhouse, particularly in the cruise sector. While strengthening its presence in other sectors, the company’s top executives say that cruises will only get stronger as a revenue source for travel advisors.

— Maria Lenhart

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Rest Easy, Travel Advisors — Cruises Are Recession Resistant: World Travel Holdings Co-CEO

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Jeff Tolkin, co-chairman and CEO of World Travel Holdings, asserts that cruises will gain momentum as a revenue source for travel advisors over the next decade. Shown here is Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas in Las Palmas. El Coleccionista de Instantes Fotografía / Flickr

Skift Take: Executives at World Travel Holdings, a major cruise distributor, are confident that cruises will only grow in importance to travel advisors, pointing to consumer trends and changing demographics. Given the value cruises provide, the executives also believe they are the most recession-proof form of travel.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Leaders Group Aims to Accelerate UK Growth After Thomas Cook Collapse

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Barrhead Travel staff. the company was bought by Travel Leaders Group in 2018. Malcolm Cochrane / Barrhead Travel

Skift Take: With one of the biggest names in UK travel exiting the market, there’s space for other travel firms to pick up some of the travel demand. It’s not going to be easy with plenty of Brexit uncertainty in the market as well as lots of competition.

— Patrick Whyte

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Wildfires Raise Challenges for California’s Tourism Management

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Resident Keith Bispo points to his house in the Palo Colorado community while interviewed in Big Sur, California, July 29, 2016, with wildfires raging to the north. Affordable housing in regions impacted by wildfires is an issue for the tourism industry. Terry Chea / Associated Press

Skift Take: After several years of historic wildfires, California has to take a hard look at the future of tourism in its wine regions and mountain resort communities. The fires have exacerbated problems such as a lack of affordable workforce housing.

— Maria Lenhart

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How the California Wildfires Are Impacting Tourism

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California tourism must cope with a lack of affordable housing for service workers trying to live in areas ravaged by wildfires. Pictured, Pamela Harris sheds tears as she closes the doors of her Pine Mountain Deli after 10 years in business in Groveland, Calf., on October 18, 2013. Businesses in the area of Yosemite National Park took a double hit as first the Rim Fire wildfires kept visitors away followed by the federal budget shutdown of the park. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee/MCT

Skift Take: Several years of devastating wildfires have taken a toll on California tourism but have not affected overall visitor numbers. Instead, the fires have changed the way the state markets itself and made it harder for tourism employees to live in California.

— Maria Lenhart

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Accor Sells Half of Its Stake in Huazhu as Chinese Partner Eyes Europe

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The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel: Luxury is Huazhu’s next wave. Deutsche Hospitality

Skift Take: Has Accor’s partnership with Huazhu worn out its usefulness given the Chinese hotel giant has built a strong positioning in the economy and midscale segments in China? Huazhu now wants to focus on luxury and upper upscale, along with international expansion starting in Europe.

— Raini Hamdi

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