IHG CEO: Guests Are Pressuring Hotels to Reduce Plastics, Not Governments

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The Kimpton Fitzroy London featuring bulk toiletries. IHG is working on cutting miniature plastic toiletry bottles. InterContinental Hotels Group

Skift Take: For IHG, governments are behind the curve in helping to reduce plastic waste. The real influence comes from its guests, whose awareness and expectations have increased exponentially in the last couple of years.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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United Confronts Hidden-City Ticketing and 11 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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United and American Airlines jets are pictured at Los Angeles International Airport in 2017. United is cracking down on hidden-city ticketing. Tomas Del Coro / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, we look at Max fallout for Ryanair and Air Canada. Plus United cracks down on travelers who book tickets to cities they don’t intend to visit in order to snag a cheaper fare.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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British Airways Owner Rips Into Heathrow Airport Over ‘Outrageous’ Expansion Costs

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A British Airways 747 in Landor livery arrives at London Heathrow on 09 March 2019. Parent company IAG is worried about spiralling costs associated with a new runway at Heathrow. Nick Morrish / British Airways

Skift Take: It’s strange to see an airport and its biggest customer at loggerheads. IAG CEO Willie Walsh is rapidly losing his patience with the expansion project, and the UK government might decide to follow suit.

— Patrick Whyte

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Georgia’s Sea Island Resort Now Blends Wellness With Golf Training

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Sea Island multimillion-dollar 17,000-square-foot Golf Performance Center in Georgia. Sea Island golf resort on the Georgia coast. Sea Island

Skift Take: The author took a session with fitness guru Randy Myers at the famed Georgia resort’s new Golf Performance Center. This is a great illustration of the rise of wellness as a luxury travel trend.

— Sean O’Neill

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