Why India’s Airlines Have a Long-Haul Road to Success

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How will things change among the crowded field of Indian airlines if long-haul routes are added? Skift

Skift Take: India’s airlines punch far below their weight in the intercontinental arena. In fact, deeply troubled Air India maintains its leadership in the market. But will things change as others, including some low-cost carriers, contemplate long-haul flying?

— Jay Shabat

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6 Top Theme Park Industry Developments of 2018

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Epcot, one of the theme parks at Walt Disney World in Florida, is shown in this photo from April. Mike Christoferson / Flickr

Skift Take: Theme parks got more creative with loyalty and pricing, ramped up their building boom, and took steps to raise employee wages in 2018. One operator mounted a turnaround, while another struggled to meet expectations. Here are some highlights from a year of strategic twists and turns.

— Hannah Sampson

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Egypt Says Its Giant Museum for Ancient Treasures Will Finally Open in 2020

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Workers landscape grounds at the Grand Egyptian Museum under construction in front of the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Associated Press / Amr Nabil

Skift Take: Egypt has a long way to go before it’s back to pre-Arab Spring tourism levels. A great, new museum will help, but it’s just part of the fix the country needs.

— Jason Clampet

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Thomas Cook’s Hard Year and 10 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Thomas Cook’s Smartline hotel in Cala’n Bosch in Menorca, Spain. Thomas Cook’s share price has fallen to its lowest level in six years. Thomas Cook

Skift Take: This week in tourism, we reviewed the many factors that made Thomas Cook’s share price fall this year. Similarly, we looked back at 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2018, including Royal Caribbean’s stake in Silversea, a groundbreaking museum in the Deep South, and more.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Indonesian Tsunami Claims Over 168 Lives, Destroys Tourism Infrastructure

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In 2014, ash covered a Garuda Indonesia when Mount Kelud volcano erupted. The latest tsunami is believed to be triggered by volcanic activity of Mount Anak Krakatau. Dwi Oblo

Skift Take: Indonesia’ tourism ministry has halted promotional activities on Lampung and Banten, two popular destinations hit by a tsunami Saturday night, local time. The latest crisis also brings back painful memories of the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.

— Raini Hamdi

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