British Airways Parent’s Boeing 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

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Willie Walsh, CEO International Airlines group. Akos Stiller / Bloomberg

Skift Take: When British Airways parent company IAG announced the order of Boeing 737 Maxes at the Paris Air Show last month, many saw it as a decision motivated by cost and fleet diversification. It turns out, CEO Willie Walsh was unimpressed with Airbus, too.

— Rosie Spinks

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Crowds Lighter Than Expected at Disney’s Star Wars Parks: Will New Rides Change That?

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At Disney’s new Star Wars lands, Rise of the Resistance, a ride that simulates battle between the evil First Order and the rebels, opens Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Jan. 17 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Josh Hallett / Flickr

Skift Take: Lines for attractions have been lighter than expected at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge parks, according to observers. The opening of two new Star Wars rides within the lands should drum up visitors, but the jury’s out on whether the sci-fi franchise will give Disney the boost it needs.

— Rosie Spinks

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UNESCO’s Failure With Venice and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Tourists at the Desert View Overlook, Grand Canyon National Park. Kent Kanouse / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, we explore why UNESCO kept Venice off its list of cities in danger and look at the challenges facing the U.S. as a destination. Plus, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to the most exciting players in travel.

— Isaac Carey

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Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

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Indian travelers in Kolkata, India. Australia’s onerous application process has led to visa processing delays. Bikas Das / The Associated Press

Skift Take: Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That’s a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tourism industry. Thailand understands that; Australia not yet. Maybe it’ll take a cricket match to change that.

— Raini Hamdi

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