Home-Based Travel Advisors Use These Tricks for Sanity and Productivity

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Stephanie Lee, founder of Host Agency Reviews, said mobile devices give travel advisors the ability to be flexible and work from anywhere. Host Agency Reviews

Skift Take: Running a home-based travel agency is not without its challenges, including isolation, getting motivated, and keeping work and personal life from colliding. Fortunately, there is plenty of support, including from industry peers, to help the process.

— Maria Lenhart

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Wynn Resorts Has to Pay $20 Million For Steve Wynn’s Bad Behavior

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The actions of former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn have forced the company to pay the state of Nevada $20 million in fines. Bloomberg

Skift Take: A mere $20 million in fines is nothing for a company that made $6.72 billion in operating revenues last year. Wynn Resorts is certainly lucky to have retained its gaming licenses in Nevada, too.

— Deanna Ting

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Marriott’s New Marketing Campaign Aims to Make Bonvoy a Thing

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Marriott’s newest global ad campaign, “Rewards Reimagined,” highlights its new combined loyalty program. Marriott

Skift Take: We can just imagine what some befuddled viewers of the Oscars were thinking Sunday night, but here are a few guesses: Uhhh, what does Bonvoy mean? Bon Voy … age? Also, stop trying to make Bonvoy happen.

— Deanna Ting

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Caesars Looks to Mobile Tech to Raise the Hotel Guest Experience

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Ivy, a virtual concierge text-messaging system offered to guests in Las Vegas. Customers can text a message to reserve seats at Nobu Restaurant in Caesars Palace, for example. Tech vendor Go Moment created Ivy. David Becker / Caesars Entertainment

Skift Take: Caesars had under-invested in the tech needed to support the hotel side of its business. Recently it has been playing catch up. Some of its experiments are innovative, such as mobile ordering for food at the lobby or by the pool.

— Sean O’Neill

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Airbus Aims to Streamline Power Structure With Incoming CEO

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Guillaume Faury, the incoming CEO of Airbus. Faury is considering simplifying the management structure of the company. Christophe Morin / Bloomberg

Skift Take: New CEO Faury is keeping talks private, but it looks like he’s planning to consolidate management when he takes over in April. This is something the aerospace corporation sorely needs. Let’s see how much progress Faury can make.

— Isaac Carey

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Kenya Considers a Full Takeover of Its National Airline

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A Kenya Airways jet is parked at London’s Heathrow International Airport. Kenya may consider taking full ownership of its national carrier to effectively ward off competition from other state-owned airlines. Suzanne Plunkett / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Kenya Airways has made progress on a financial turnaround after a prolonged political crisis in its domestic market, rising competition from rival state-owned airlines on the continent, and a costly restructuring. The airline isn’t in the clear yet, but things look promising.

— Sean O’Neill

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Vietnam Airlines Considers Buying Long-Range Jets for New California Flights

John Boudreau and Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, ©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Vietnam Airlines plans to fly to Los Angeles or San Francisco in 2020. John Boudreau and Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, ©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Skift Take: The state-owned airline has quite a to-do list, including replacing an aging fleet, preparing for California service, and seeking buyers keen on a stake in it. These are big-ticket items.

— Raini Hamdi

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