Boeing Needs More Time to Complete Max Software Upgrade

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Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft parked at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California. Boeing said it needs more time to finish its software upgrade. Mark Ralston / AFP via Getty Images

Skift Take: Time is money. Airlines will want Boeing to get the upgrade out as soon as possible so they can safely start flying their expensive aircraft again.

— Patrick Whyte

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Singapore Steamrolls Casino Resorts to Invest $6.7 Billion More in Tourist Attractions

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An old and new icon of Singapore, the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands. Raini Hamdi / Raini Hamdi, Skift.

Skift Take: The iconic Marina Bay Sands will get a fourth tower. There will also be a new concert arena. Over at Resorts World, there’ll be two new hotels, a bigger Universal Studios and an oceanarium. Singapore’s way of getting casino resorts to improve the city’s tourism appeal is smart, and fair, never mind it’s a bit of coercion. The resorts wouldn’t invest more if they aren’t benefiting.

— Raini Hamdi

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Destinations Say Public-Private Partnerships Help With Overtourism

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A 2016 festival in Auckland, New Zealand. Todd Eyre / Auckland Tourism

Skift Take: Destinations have realized that partnerships and collaboration between public and private forces are the best way to create sustainable tourism growth. Time will tell, though, whether this approach has a lasting impact on global tourism outcomes.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Barack Obama on Walls, Borders and Tourism

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Former US President Barack Obama on stage at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Seville, Spain. Obama spoke about challenges to the sector. World Travel and Tourism Council

Skift Take: He’s only been out of office for a few years, but it’s still refreshing to hear a politician articulate the importance of travel and the benefits of tourism.

— Patrick Whyte

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Iceland’s Best Travel Finds Aren’t on Instagram

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Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most storied and photogenic waterfalls. Advice for Iceland travel: Ignore everything Instagram shows you, and venture instead to the hidden places few travelers have ever seen. Brandon Presser / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Ignore everything Instagram shows you about Iceland if you want to avoid overtourism. Venture instead to the hidden places few travelers have ever seen.

— Sean O’Neill

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