Travel Advisor Innovation Report: U.S. Black-Owned Agencies Specialize in Africa Tourism

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Getting ready for fishing at the beach at Cape Coast, Ghana. Travel to Ghana may be a popular exploit this year to mark the Year of Return. David Stanley /

Skift Take: Several black-owned travel agencies in the U.S. will be sending clients on tours of Ghana this year to mark the Year of Return. African travel has been a pillar of their businesses for years, even before genealogical travel became a thing.

— Maria Lenhart

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Black-Owned Agencies in the U.S. Carve a Successful Niche in African Tourism


Henderson Travel is among agencies offering Ghana tours in 2019 to mark the Year of Return. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Henderson Travel, a black-owned agency founded back in the Civil Rights era, pioneered roots travel to Africa. Its continued success is a testament not just to the popularity of genealogical tourism, but a booming African-American travel market.

— Maria Lenhart

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The Must-Have Items Battle-Hardened Travel Advisors Always Take on the Road

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In this July 12, 2016 photo, passengers prepare to check bags at a Delta Air Lines counter at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Maryland. Packing right for a vacation is a skill. Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Skift Take: Take a page from the books of some experienced travel advisors from around the U.S. before you head out on your next adventure or business trip. We love the suggestion to swap out the hotel room’s bar of soap with your favorite from home to start your day at ease.

— Paul Biasco

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Spirit Airlines Nears Decision on Adding Complexity to Its Fleet

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Spirit Airlines now has an all-Airbus fleet, including the two A220s shown here. It may add a new aircraft type soon. JTOcchialini / Flickr

Skift Take: Often, short-haul low-cost airlines prefer just one fleet type to maximize efficiency. But Spirit might break from tradition and add a new aircraft type. If it does, we’re betting it chooses the Airbus A220.

— Brian Sumers

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Jet Airways’ Near-Collapse Could Be a Tough Election Issue for India’s Prime Minister


Struggling in a competitive market where basic airfares can get as low as 2 cents, Jet Airways India Ltd. has piled on $1.1 billion in debt and failed to pay loans and salaries. Bloomberg

Skift Take: India’s economic policies have made airfares way more affordable, which hasn’t helped the struggling Jet Airways. If the prime minister doesn’t figure out a rescue plan for the airline, it could be a vexing issue in an upcoming election.

— Isaac Carey

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U.S. Airline Revenue Growth Will Slow in 2019: New Skift Research Estimates

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Delta is using its new Airbus A220 as leverage against the competition. Skift Research sees another year of positive growth for United Airlines and other U.S. passenger carriers in 2019, led by rising passenger volumes. Delta Air Lines

Skift Take: Skift Research’s proprietary U.S. airline estimates provide market shares for all major carriers as well as industry overviews by product line and key operating statistics.

— Seth Borko

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Drone Incidents at Gatwick Cost EasyJet $12.9 Million in Revenue in December


EasyJet planes as seen from above. The carrier said the drone incident at London Gatwick airport cost it $12.9 million. Bloomberg

Skift Take: EasyJet was sitting pretty last year after the demise of some of its rivals, but it is finding things much tougher now. Airfares are falling, and although the threat of a disorderly Brexit is having little impact at the moment, that might change as March 29 gets closer.

— Patrick Whyte

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Kingdom’s Retail Queen Lays Out Thai Tourism Truths That Others Only Whisper

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Night market in Bangkok. Culture is good, but more attractions would be great. aotaro / Flickr

Skift Take: It takes a retail personality to air the dirty laundry of Thai tourism. No one will be offended; it’s all an open secret. Supaluck Umpujh, at least, is doing something about it, partnering with AEG to make Thailand a regional entertainment hub.

— Raini Hamdi

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