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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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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Saudi Travelers to the Rescue of Mauritius as Chinese Turn Away

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A resort in Mauritius. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Saudi Arabia is an unexpected bonus for Mauritius as the China and UK markets soften, but it will do well for the island to look at itself for the slowdown instead of blaming external factors. Issues such as pollution, traffic jams and a lack of experiences will eventually turn off Saudi Arabians too.

— Raini Hamdi

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Singapore Airlines Picks a Tough Fight With Emirates in India

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Vistara, the Indian affiliate of Singapore Airlines. Bloomberg

Skift Take: With no domestic market at home, and stiff competition from low-cost carriers in Southeast Asia, Singapore Airlines has no choice but to face epic battles elsewhere, such as fighting Emirates seen as a ‘flag carrier’ in India, for a share of that market.

— Raini Hamdi

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Israel’s El Al Airlines Tries to Reinvent Itself for the Modern Era

Shahar Azran  / El Al

El Al, Israel’s national airline, is betting on the Boeing 787 to revive its fortunes. Shahar Azran / El Al

Skift Take: Some national flag airlines no longer have a commercial purpose and probably should go out of business. El Al is not one of those carriers. Tourism in the airline’s Israel home market is booming, and El Al should be able to ride the wave.

— Brian Sumers

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