Expedia’s Resort Fee Fix and 9 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Shangri-La

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa, Muscat. Expedia ruled out charging commissions on hotel resort fees. Shangri-La

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Expedia Group ruled out charging commissions on hotel resort fees. Then at Skift Tech Forum, we spoke to Marriott on stage about owning the whole traveler journey, and Expedia on connecting travelers with hotels to sort out flight delays.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Australia’s Visa Bottleneck Jeopardizes Luring Cricket-Crazed Indians for World Cup Next Year

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India is fanatical about World Cup cricket play. Tourism Victoria / Flckr

Skift Take: Claims that Indian travel agents are discouraging clients from going to Australia may be overblown. But they do not detract from the key issue: Australia must streamline visa processing better, especially if it wants to attract Indians to the Cricket World Cup 2020.

— Raini Hamdi

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Google Parent Alphabet’s Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

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A mockup of Sidewalk Labs’ vision for Toronto’s Waterfront district. Sidewalk Labs / Twitter

Skift Take: It doesn’t seem like a good idea to build a business, let alone make your home, in a surveillance experiment controlled by Alphabet. As data security and privacy become more important, the vision for the modern smart city will have to shift.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Travel Advisors Promote Aboriginal Tourism in Australia

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A scene at Mount Borradaile, Arnhem Land, Australia. There is a growing interest among tourists in aboriginal experiences. Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris

Skift Take: For travel advisors looking for alternatives to overcrowded traditional destinations, Australia’s unique aboriginal experiences could fit right in. The country’s indigenous culture is now being strongly promoted through the efforts of Tourism Australia, state tourism promoters, and savvy local operators.

— Allan Leibowitz

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