U.S. Shutdown May Have Done Lasting Damage to Air Traffic Control

Alan Levin  / Bloomberg

The 35-day partial government shutdown could spur early retirements among the already thin ranks of air-traffic controllers and may postpone adoption of critical satellite-based aircraft navigation, a union official warned. Alan Levin / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Who knew air travel would be such a pressure point in the battle over government funding? Airport staffing issues probably played a role in the decision to temporarily reopen the government, but was it too little too late?

— Isaac Carey

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Tourism in Iceland Might Drop This Year as Airlines Can’t Keep Up

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir  / Bloomberg

Iceland’s tourism industry is forecasting a first drop in visitors in a decade amid trouble at its airlines. But market operators say the predicted slowdown in the country’s biggest export market is not as severe as some had feared. Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir / Bloomberg

Skift Take: This isn’t such a bad thing for Iceland, which has started to feel the strain of overtourism. Plus, even with the decline, the small country still expects to see millions of tourists.

— Isaac Carey

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Why the Philippines Risks Losing Out on Asia’s Gaming Boom

Solaire Casino, one of the country’s biggest casinos at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez.

Skift Take: Casinos are a tourism magnet and stricter rules to safeguard locals from gambling, and to keep other gambling ills at bay, are better than a complete ban. Look to Singapore as a good Asian example.

— Raini Hamdi

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Travel Association Forms Myanmar Chapter But Will the Government Benefit?

Yoshitaka Ando  / Flickr

A market in Yangon, Myanmar. ASTA has formed a chapter to promote Myanmar tourism. Yoshitaka Ando / Flickr

Skift Take: ASTA’s new Myanmar chapter and planned partnership with Myanmar tourism will give travel advisors new opportunities to learn about an emerging destination. However, it also raises ethical concerns about supporting a country that engages in ethnic cleansing.

— Maria Lenhart

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