Airlines Must Own Up to Environmental Impact and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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Carbon offsetting might sound good, but airlines need to be more proactive and less profit driven when it comes to the environment. pixelschoen / Adobe

Skift Take: This week in aviation news, carbon offsetting has become a popular way for airlines to improve their image, but the reality is they are still pumping millions of tons of CO2 into the air. In addition, the coronavirus continued to hamper travel, including cancelled flights for airlines.

— Danielle Hyams

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Japanese Prime Minister Doesn’t Expect Virus to Affect Tokyo Olympics

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Skift Take: Japan has doubled down on using international sporting events like the forthcoming Olympic Games as a way to turbocharge its tourism industry. It’s clear from the prime minister’s remarks on Monday that it doesn’t expect the coronavirus to get in the way of that.

— Rosie Spinks

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Asian Destinations Hit by Fallout From Coronavirus and 6 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Destinations that are popular with Chinese tourists, like Thailand and Japan are feeling the impact of Chinas ban on tours as the country tried to contain the coronavirus. Artinun / Adobe

Skift Take: This week in tourism news, destinations that rely heavily on Chinese travelers like Thailand and Japan are feeling the pinch as China halts outbound tours in its struggle to contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Plus, Pakistan, which was once one of the most dangerous places, is gearing up with a new tourism push.

— Danielle Hyams

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Centre Pompidou Ramps Up China Strategy With Shanghai Satellite

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Centre Pompidou received 3.33 million visitors in 2019; a mere 1 percent of these hailed from China. Pascale Gueret / Adobe

Skift Take: The Parisian contemporary arts institution is taking the long view in its approach to attracting Chinese outbound travelers. This segment is increasingly seeking cultural experiences, so it’s a smart move to park a satellite branch in China’s cultural capital to build brand awareness.

— Faye Chiu

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