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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Ryanair Ready to Pounce on Opportunities From Pending Airline Mergers

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Two Ryanair aircraft. The airline group is setting itself up to take advantage of further European airline consolidation. Dylan Agbagni (CC0) / Flickr

Skift Take: It looks like Ryanair is preparing itself for a major shakeup of the European airline industry. We’ve heard it talk about struggling competition before, but things are getting much tougher out there.

— Patrick Whyte

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Viva Air Sees Opportunity in Venezuela and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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Computer rendering of Viva Air Airbus320neo. Viva Air CEO Felix Antelo told Skift this week at the Aviation Festival in Miami that the airline is looking to secure an operating certificate in Venezuela. Airbus

Skift Take: This week in aviation, one ultra low-cost carrier faces little competition in a turbulent Venezuela, EasyJet hopes its loyalty perks will help it navigate a difficult future, and IndiGo maps out a new strategy to expand its routes.

— Isaac Carey

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EasyJet Flies Toward Uncertain Summer of a European Slowdown

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An EasyJet aircraft taking off. The carrier has maintained its profit guidance. Rob Hodgkins / Flickr

Skift Take: It’s not a great time to be running a European short-haul airline, but EasyJet is trying to make the best of it. While growing its holiday and business travel offerings is probably a smart move, it’s difficult to see them making much of a difference if the economic climate keeps getting worse.

— Patrick Whyte

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