Mexico Tourism Board Demise Will Hurt the Destination More Than Travel Advisors

Bloomberg

Mexican authorities plan to beef up the police presence in tourism spots such as Cancun. Travel advisors said the closing of Mexico tourism offices around the world will eat into resources for marketing campaigns. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The dissolution of the Mexico Tourism Board means that travel advisors and others involved in the selling and marketing of Mexico have lost a major resource. With safety perception issues still dogging Mexico, the timing couldn’t be worse — for the destination and advisors alike.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors May Benefit as Virgin Voyages Bundles Amenities Into Premium Prices

Virgin Voyages

A rendering of a cabin on a Virgin Voyages ship. The cruise line is offering premium pricing on its sailings. Virgin Voyages

Skift Take: Virgin Voyage’s decision to charge high fares that include gratuities, premium dining, and other onboard features means higher earning potential for travel advisors. That’s because advisors often lose out when cruise lines offer cheap fares, and then make up for it with onboard, non-commissionable charges.

— Maria Lenhart

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Australian Travel Advisors Find That Luxury Clients Still Care About Price

AccorHotels

Properties like the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi are popular among Australian luxury travelers. AccorHotels

Skift Take: Survey findings about a healthy luxury travel market in Australia demonstrate significant and lucrative opportunities for travel advisors who can meet clients’ lofty expectations while still delivering value.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Accor Rebrands and Launches a New Loyalty Program

Accor Asia-Pacific

Accor’s newly renovated Pullman Danang Beach Resort in Vietnam. Accor is launching a new loyalty program, ALL. Accor Asia-Pacific

Skift Take: Accor’s Sebastien Bazin is less keen about acquisitions these days. Instead, he is looking at Accor internally and aims to fix the chain’s rather dismal loyalty program. Sports, dining, and entertainment are key experiences that the new loyalty program will address.

— Raini Hamdi

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Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Pushes Caesars to Sell Itself

Victor J. Blue  / Bloomberg

Activist investor Carl Icahn waits for Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, to speak at an election night event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Trump’s campaign is poised to have its first good week in a month as the Republican presidential front-runner awaits an expected win in the New York primary, a boost that could provide momentum ahead of five key Northeast contests next week. Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg

Skift Take: This is a big deal, considering Icahn’s nearly 10 percent stake in the company, and his history of mergers and acquisitions in the casino industry. Is this the beginning of the end for Caesars as an independent company?

— Isaac Carey

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Wellness Represents Big Opportunity for Hyatt: Latest Skift Research

Hyatt  / Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo offers numerous wellness offerings for guests. Hyatt / Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Skift Take: Arguably, no one else in the hospitality industry has made wellness as much of a priority and focus as Hyatt has. Our latest research suggests there’s a lot of opportunity for the company to tap into this quickly growing segment to drive increased customer loyalty.

— Rebecca Stone

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