Interest in Iran Tours Rising Globally Despite Americans’ Fears

Intrepid Travel

An Intrepid Travel cycling tour in Iran. Demand for Iran tours is rising globally despite reduced interest among Americans because of tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments. Intrepid Travel

Skift Take: With tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments escalating, tour operators report that some Americans are rethinking their travel plans. However travelers from other countries are undeterred, and interest in Iran continues to grow.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Book Sri Lanka Again Thanks to Downgraded Warnings

Hotels like KK Beach on Habaraduwa Beach are offering significant discounts to attract visitors after some lean times.

Skift Take: Tourism to Sri Lanka was riding high until the Easter massacre all but shut it down. Now that foreign governments are scaling back their travel warnings, some travel advisors are again pushing the destination, hoping that tourism will help get the country back on its feet.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Wynn Resorts Unveils $2 Billion Expansion Plan in Macau

Wynn Resorts Ltd. via Bloomberg

Shown here is a rendering of the Crystal Pavilion complex, adjacent to the Wynn Palace on the Cotai peninsula. As part of the $2 billion expansion plan, the company will include a theater and museum in the world’s largest gambling market. Wynn Resorts Ltd. via Bloomberg

Skift Take: Wynn Resorts sees a prime opportunity in Asia, with both China and Japan becoming more receptive to gambling and foreign tourism lately. The question is will growth in those markets warrant pricey construction costs?

— Danni Santana

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Generator Hostels Backer Is Spending $400 Million to Buy Micro-Hotel Operator Freehand

Sydell Group

An image of a Freehand New York room, which will be acquired as part of a deal by Generator to boost its U.S. expansion. Sydell Group

Skift Take: Hostels and micro-hotels have been sexy again for the last few years. Sydell Group and Ron Burkle are cashing in as Generator works to move away from its hostel roots and into the wider world of boutique hospitality.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Delta’s Loyalty Offering Improves Direct Booking and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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A Delta plane is shown at Manchester Airport in England. Riik@mctr / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, Delta’s investment in its loyalty program leads to happy customers and better business. Plus, we make a tough choice as to what we believe it the most exciting region for airlines so far this year. Check out the story to read where it is and why.

— Isaac Carey

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