Wyndham Is Expanding Overseas With Biggest Gains in Southeast Asia

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Hotels like this Wyndham Microtel Hotel in Tarlac, Philippines, are part of the chain’s overseas expansion plans. Jun Acullador Follow / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts took drastic measures last year, buying La Quinta Holdings and splitting from its parent company. It had a mixed third quarter, but the company promises to keep pushing into new territory, especially outside the U.S.

— Nancy Trejos

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Airlines Put on a Green Front and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

KLM Airline

KLM Airline unveiled its environmentally friendly Fly Responsibly campaign this summer. More airlines are trying to project a greener image to travelers. KLM Airline

Skift Take: This week in aviation, airline executives spin their businesses as environmentally sustainable in an age when travelers are becoming more conscious of pollution. Meanwhile, we take a look at airlines’ struggle to sell travel-related products.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Envious IAG Boss Congratulates Delta on Latam Move

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A Latam Airlines Airbus A350. Delta is buying a 20 percent stake in the group. BriYYZ / Flickr

Skift Take: Delta’s tactic of buying stakes in airlines across the globe is shaking up the world of airlines alliances, but the American carrier’s gain is likely to come at the expense of others including IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia.

— Patrick Whyte

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Cruising Pollution Regulation Concerns and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Protesters in Miami in opposition to Carnival Corp. New rules to reduce the amount of pollution in the ocean are set to be put into effect on Jan. 1. Lynn Sladky / The Associated Press

Skift Take: This week in tourism, the cruise industry faces a new rule to cut sulfur emissions by 85 percent that is set to launch in January. But will it be enforceable? Meanwhile, Airbnb’s latest investment suggests the company will become more mainstream over time.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Can a Fast-Growing Oyo Patch Up the Early Cracks?

Oyo Hotels & Homes

Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal. Cracks are starting to appear in the business model of the low-cost hotel giant as it ambitiously scales worldwide. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: It’s raining doubts on Oyo Hotels & Homes, a far cry from the awe that was poured on its founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal when he came in six years ago brandishing the simple belief that “everyone deserves a beautiful living space.” Can Oyo fix its apparent shortfalls?

— Raini Hamdi

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