Travel Advisors Can Fill Gap in Credit Card Trip Insurance

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Travel advisors are seeing an uptick in travel insurance sales after recent disasters. Some of the remaining passengers look out as the cruise ship Viking Sky arrives at port off Molde, Norway, March 24, 2019, after having problems and issuing a Mayday call on in the heavy seas off Norway’s western coast. Svein Ove Ekornesvag / Associated Press

Skift Take: Sales of travel insurance are on the rise, possibly due to heightened awareness of risks posed by everything from terrorist attacks to a sudden illness. For travel advisors, insurance is both a source of revenue and a way to provide good customer service.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors See Trip Insurance Opportunity Where Credit Cards Fall Short

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A Boeing 737 Max 9. Travel insurance sales have been increasing after the Boeing 737 Max groundings and other events that disrupted travel plans. David Ryder / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Awareness of the need for travel insurance is on the rise in some quarters. This trend offers significant opportunities for travel advisors to generate additional revenue and offer peace of mind to travelers.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Travel Advisors Mull the Implications of Potential Hawaii Short-Term Rental Crackdown

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Pictured is a Honolulu home. Opponents of short-term rentals are looking for city council regulations to limit their growth. Baldeaglebluff / Flickr

Skift Take: A proliferation of Hawaii short-term rentals, which are exacerbating an already expensive and tight housing market, is sparking heavy debate in a state where tourism is the main economic driver. While such accommodations are needed to handle rising visitor numbers, some say it’s time to get them under control and look at the consequences of unchecked tourism growth.

— Maria Lenhart

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Qantas to Levy Surcharges on Travel Agencies That Don’t Join Program Starting in August

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Qantas is working with the global distribution systems to provide access to a range of fares and new content. Qantas

Skift Take: In Australia, the New Distribution Capability is moving from a vague concept to an active business model, as Qantas urges travel agents to sign up to a new channel with expanded content. Those who miss the June 30 deadline could lose out on some enhancements but also face new fees for airline bookings.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Hawaii Weighs Measures to Curb Airbnb

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Beachgoers enjoy the sand and waters of Kaanapali Beach on Maui in Hawaii. Michael Goulding / Orange County Register/MCT

Skift Take: While Hawaii is not the only destination reeling from the impact of short-term rentals from Airbnb and other providers, its already sky-high housing prices and limited land make the problem especially acute. Regulatory measures to control the number of illegal rentals may provide some relief.

— Maria Lenhart

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Homesharing Will Take a Bigger Bite of Hotel Market Share: New Skift Research

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New Skift Research suggests that homesharing will further erode hotel market share. pexels.com

Skift Take: As one of the largest travel sectors, accommodations will continue to grow as travel becomes an even more integral part of consumer lifestyles. Yet it remains to be seen if the disruption from alternative accommodations will fundamentally shake up the entire sector.

— Haixia Wang

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