Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

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Will Artificial Intelligence lead to autonomous planes. Airbus thinks it could. Pictured is the cockpit of an Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Bloo

Skift Take: Airbus acknowledges that the “explainability” of artificial intelligence is an impediment to getting regulators to sign off on certain products. Passengers will definitely need some very good explainers, too.

— Dennis Schaal

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Bangkok Airways Officials Fined After Manipulating the Airline’s Stock Price

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Bangkok Airport as seen on February 16, 2016. Bangkok Airways officials were penalized for manipulating the airline’s stock price. PercyGermany / Flickr.com

Skift Take: No one at Bangkok Airways investor relations was picking up the phone on Saturday. If someone had picked up the phone the answer might have been, “Um, I don’t know but I’m sure Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth will get back to you.”

— Dennis Schaal

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Global Tourism Growth Slowed in 2018 But Arrivals Still Hit 1.4 Billion

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The Bimmah Sinkhole in Muscat, Oman is shown in this photo from April of 2018. International tourist arrivals grew 10 percent in the Middle East last year. hey tiffany! / Flickr

Skift Take: Travelers are still exploring the world, but growth has cooled slightly. Will 2019 bring a further slowdown, or will the appetite for international travel keep surprising experts?

— Hannah Sampson

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Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

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At this late date, Booking.com had rooms available in Davos for the World Economic Forum after the U.S. pulled out. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The U.S. government would face around $335,000 in hotel cancellation fees for not showing up in Davos, according to a published report. That means there are plenty of rooms still available for last-minute bookers.

— Dennis Schaal

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Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

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Pictured is the Ritz-Carlton Bali. The province will impose a $10 tourism tax on foreign visitors. Ritz-Carlton Bali

Skift Take: Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali’s income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial government will charge a toll of its own: a $10 tax on foreign visitors to help defray the impact.

— Dennis Schaal

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Trump’s War on Foreign Visas Leads to Less Student Travel to U.S.

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Students walking on a college campus. Fewer foreign students are heading to the U.S. because of visa restrictions. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Fewer international college students are heading to the U.S. for their studies. This means a reduction in travel and all of the economic benefits that cities see from robust foreign visitation.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

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Pollution is threatening Bangkok’s tourism industry — and the health of residents. This photo was taken in early 2018. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Bangkok needs more than rainmakers to be treated seriously as the world’s top city destination, and to be a strong contender for medical tourists. Here’s what’s choking the city and why it’s unhealthy for tourism.

— Raini Hamdi

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