Hotels Finally Embrace Homesharing: Now What?

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A home listing from Onefinestay. Parent company AccorHotels has struggled to make its investment in the luxury homesharing platform profitable since acquiring it in 2016. Onefinestay/AccorHotels

Skift Take: Just as challenging as it is for Airbnb to offer more hotel-like options, it seems in some ways even more daunting for hotel companies to start offering more Airbnb-like accommodations.

— Deanna Ting

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Can Norwegian Air Survive?

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Norwegian Air, which flies the Boeing 787 seen here, will have a slow first quarter. PeS-Photo / Flickr

Skift Take: We suspect Norwegian Air, which is in weaker financial shape than most passengers might expect, will survive 2019. But the first quarter will be an important harbinger of things to come. It’s always a rough period for European airlines because leisure demand is slow.

— Brian Sumers

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Southwest Airlines Drops One of Its Wi-Fi Providers

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Southwest will no longer use Panasonic Avionics as one of its Wi-Fi providers. Pictured is the interior of a Boeing 737-800. Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: Southwest has been stingy with the details here. Why did it sever a contract with one of its two Wi-Fi providers? Was it because the platform had spotty service? Or was there another reason?

— Brian Sumers

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Central Asia’s New Silk Road Offers Vast Tourism Potential

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The Palace of Khudayar Khan in eastern Uzbekistan, known as the Pearl of Kokand, was the palace of the last ruler of the Kokand Khanate, Khudayar Khan. Daniel Mennerich / Flickr

Skift Take: Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan meet chicken-and-egg. An effort to revive the old Silk Road could mean huge tourism potential for those countries whose economies for so long were dependent on natural resources, especially as outbound Chinese travel grows. But how projects and the timing line up will play a huge role.

— Tom Lowry

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Cyprus Gets Dedicated Tourism Minister Ahead of New Mega-Casino Resort

A rendering of Cyprus: City of Dreams Mediterranean is set to launch in 2021 and aims to attract 300,000 tourists a year.

Skift Take: Tourism is Cyprus’s largest industry and soon new attractions such as City of Dreams Mediterranean will open. Cyprus sure deserves a dedicated tourism minister to ensure sustainability for this important part of the economy.

— Raini Hamdi

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