Google’s Front Desk Tool and 4 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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The Hyatt City of Dreams Manila lobby. Google is working with Hyatt and other hotels on a translation device for front desks. Hyatt

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Google is working with Hyatt among others on a translation device for front desks, and luxury car companies are partnering with high-end hotels. And don’t miss our upcoming Skift Call on Jan. 16 about what’s really going on with financial pessimism in 2019.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Winter Storm and Security Lane Closures Add Up to Travel Misery Across Parts of the U.S.

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The U.S. government shutdown has added to travel woes with the closure of some airport security lanes. Bloomberg

Skift Take: It’s a perfect storm, and we’re not just talking about the snow. But Winter Storm Gia, along with pissed off U.S. Transportation Security Agency employees going without paychecks, hasn’t made the friendly skies very amiable this weekend.

— Dennis Schaal

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Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways to Start Its First Commercial Flights

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Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways will fly, among other city pairs, the busy Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City route. Pictured is the stock exchange in Ho Chi Minh City. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Vietnam’s aviation market is highly competitive with local and foreign airline competitors. Given the growth of the market, there just might be room for a new lost-cost entrant within a crowded field if it has something different to offer.

— Dennis Schaal

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JetBlue’s Possible Europe Expansion and 13 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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JetBlue at Westchester County airport on July 3, 2018. The airline is finally nearing a decision on flying to Europe. Dave Montiverdi / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, JetBlue finally nears a decision on flying to Europe, Virgin Atlantic may take over Flybe, and Air France may shut down its millennial-focused airline Joon.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Visit Florida’s New CEO and 10 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Miami Beach with cruise ship in background on Sept. 30, 2013. Visit Florida has a new CEO. katsuhiro7110 / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, Visit Florida gained its first female CEO, Dana Young, who is also the first former state elected official in the role. And don’t miss our upcoming Skift Call on Jan. 16, free and open to the public, in which our research team breaks down the financial storm clouds hanging over 2019.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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