Iceland’s Best Travel Finds Aren’t on Instagram

Brandon Presser / Bloomberg

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

Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

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

Matt Sayles / Associated Press

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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