Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige greets the Southwest Airlines inaugural flight to Hawaii March 17, 2019 after it lands in Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: As Southwest Airlines ramps up its highly anticipated Hawaii service, fares from the mainland and between the islands are expected to become more competitive and encourage more tourism. The question is whether Hawaii’s infrastructure, which is already impacted by high room rates and occupancies, can handle it.

— Maria Lenhart

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Elton John Backs George Clooney’s Boycott of Brunei-Owned Hotels

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The entrance to the Beverly Hills Hotel is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hollywood is once again responding to harsh new laws in Brunei by boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel. Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Skift Take: It’s likely that many hotels have owners with offensive ideas. But situations like this are so clear cut it’s easy to get behind a boycott.

— Jason Clampet

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Tax Break Boosts Hotel Development in Low-Income Districts


An example of a Moxy hotel, one of the Marriott brands. Developers may take advantage of a new tax law to build a Moxy in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and other low-income districts in the U.S. Marriott

Skift Take: The 2017 U.S. tax overhaul introduced favorable treatment for investments made in about 9,000 low-income areas. Some developers have reacted by constructing hotels rather than, say, hospitals or affordable housing. We like hotels but question using tax laws to max out their construction in places like Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg district.

— Sean O’Neill

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Wow Air Goes Under and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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WOW Air Iceland Airbus A321. The low-cost carrier discontinued operations and canceled flights Thursday. BriYYZ / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, Iceland’s discount carrier Wow Air finally admits defeat, joining the ranks of other small airlines that have shut down amid intense competition this past year. Plus, Boeing’s recent crashes have only added to the global anxiety surrounding air travel, something the carrier will have to work hard to address.

— Isaac Carey

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