Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism

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Jetwing Lagoon Negombo, Sri Lanka. Jetwing Hotels Sri Lanka

Skift Take: Of the several measures to bring arrivals back to pre-Easter bombing levels, a tireless Sri Lanka is asking online travel agencies to slash commissions. It might be better to ask them instead to do a free or at-cost campaign to drive bookings to the country.

— Raini Hamdi

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Accor’s Franchise Deal in Singapore Underscores Mounting Challenges for Budget Chain Oyo

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Fragrance Hotel Selegie Singapore poolside. Accor Hotels.

Skift Take: The one thing budget hotel upstarts have done is make global hotel chains hungrier for their sector, especially high-growth markets such as Southeast Asia. Oyo probably knows this; it has named a CEO for the region.

— Raini Hamdi

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Disney’s Big Star Wars Theme Park Bet Is a Big Miss

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Kowakian monkey-lizard figurines are displayed during a media preview of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Walt Disney hoped its new Star Wars Land would shore up profits as it makes an expensive push into streaming. But the light crowds and short queues have now manifest in the company’s earnings.

— Rosie Spinks

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