Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Egypt Bookings on Upswing

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Unrest can break out or an incident can take place in Egypt, or virtually anywhere else, without warning. But for now the relative peace has triggered a surge in interest in Egypt as a vacation destination. Bloomberg

Skift Take: After years of dormancy, tourism to Egypt is coming back strong. Tour operators are expanding their products and departure dates, while travel advisors are seeing renewed interest among clients to visit what is for many a bucket-list destination.

— Maria Lenhart

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Luxury Agency Groups Tackle the Recruitment Conundrum

Sommet Education

The Glion Institute of Higher Education, which is part of Sommet Education in Montreux, Switzerland, has launched a master’s program in luxury and guest experience. Sommet Education

Skift Take: Today’s luxury agent has to be part travel advisor, part business person, and part life coach. Finding candidates with this trifecta of skills is no easy task. That’s why a pair of top luxury agency consortia is tackling the recruitment conundrum through education.

— Laura Powell

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Agents and Tour Operators See a Surge of Interest in Egypt

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Tourists gaze at the pyramids in Giza, Egypt in late 2017. Travel agents report a surge on renewed interest in Egypt. Gavin Bannerman / Flickr.com

Skift Take: With little unrest in recent years, tourism demand for Egypt is making a big comeback. Tour operators are beefing up offerings and agents are seeing renewed interest among clients.

— Maria Lenhart

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How Accor Landed Its First Orient Express Hotel in Bangkok Bumping a Planned Marriott Edition

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King Power Mahanakhon Building, the second tallest building in Thailand after Magnolias Waterfront Residences at Iconsiam AccorHotels

Skift Take: Christmas comes early for Accor, which announced its first Orient-Express Hotel in Bangkok, a 154-room property that was originally meant to be an Edition hotel. But there is still much for Accor to do as luxury players find the old new brand “confusing.”

— Raini Hamdi

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David Neeleman Taps Ex-Allegiant Air Exec for Top Strategy Role at His New Airline

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Former Allegiant Air executive Lukas Johnson is leading commericial strategy for David Neeleman’s new airline. It will fly Airbus A220-300s. Airbus

Skift Take: Former Allegiant Air executive Lukas Johnson has a reputation for choosing winning routes no other airlines have tried. That should make him an excellent choice for David Neeleman’s new airline.

— Brian Sumers

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British Airways to Resume Flights to Pakistan

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The tailfins of some British Airways aircraft at London’s Heathrow Airport. Militant violence across Pakistan has drastically declined and British Airways has decided to resume flights. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Militant violence across Pakistan has drastically declined, and British Airways has decided to return air service to the country, which is keen to lure foreign investment as its economy buckles.

— Sean O’Neill

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