A Turnaround at Rwanda’s Oldest National Park Is a Model for Tourism

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Sarah Hall points to a map of Akagera park, which she manages together with her husband. Rwanda’s turnaround of its Akagera national park has become a model for conservation and tourism for many African countries. Pauline Bax / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Tourists pay up to $1,300 a night for steak and luxury suites in a national park full of wildlife that, merely a decade ago, seemed unsalvagable because of poachers. The turnaround by a nonprofit is a compelling example of creative problem-solving for national parks across Africa and the world.

— Sean O’Neill

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Skift Call Jan. 16: Why Travel Needs to Shake Off the Gloom in 2019

Skift Take: You’re hearing a lot of doomsday forecasts for 2019. Global recession. Stock market rout. Runaway inflation. We’re here to give you the flip side for how travel this year could be just fine. Listen to our experts on Wednesday, January 16 at 1 p.m. EST on a Skift Call. Please join us for this all-important discussion.

— Tom Lowry

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Disney Hikes Prices in California Parks Ahead of Star Wars Opening


Visitors at a Disney park. The company has invested billions of dollars in its resort division. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Over the past couple of years Disney has tweaked its pricing strategy across its parks to reflect consumer demand and with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction opening this summer it has another reason to step up its crowd control planning.

— Patrick Whyte

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Pros and Cons of JetBlue’s Possible European Expansion

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JetBlue will announce its decision later this year on whether to add an airplane capable of flying to Europe. If it does fly to Europe, the airline is betting it can disrupt pricing with its Mint business class. JetBlue Airways

Skift Take: JetBlue’s proposal to fly to Europe isn’t a bet-the-company-idea. But it’s important, and the airline wants to get it right. It’s no surprise the airline has been studying transatlantic flights for several years. This year, it expects to finally make a decision.

— Brian Sumers

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Where to travel in 2019: 15 places to go!

Top travel vloggers give you their picks on where you should travel to in 2019! Inspiration for all kinds of travels & trip planning!

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Where to travel in 2019: 15 places to go! |Hey Nadine