Travel Advisors Think Mexico Is Hurting Its Own Tourism Prospects

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In this Aug. 5, 2018 photo, tourists vist the archeological site of Tulum on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Some travel advisors may lean away from Mexico this year because the government closed many tourism board offices and there will likely be fewer marketing promotions for Mexico. Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press

Skift Take: The announced closures of the Mexico Tourism Board offices make little sense to travel advisors who sell the destination. Already challenged to convince some clients about the destination’s safety, they say the timing couldn’t be worse.

— Maria Lenhart

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Marriott Cites Growing Pains Following Data Breach, Labor Strikes

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An alert on the now defunct SPG app for iOS, telling members about a security breach that impacted Starwood Preferred Guest members. Skift

Skift Take: Being bigger, Marriott is discovering, may not always be better in the short term. But if the company can weather a massive cyberattack and some debilitating labor strikes, the future shouldn’t be nearly as challenging, executives hope.

— Deanna Ting

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How a Performance Artist Is Helping a D.C. Hotel Be a Hub of Culture

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The Eaton Workshop Hotel in D.C., shown here, is pursuing a unique strategy that includes hiring a director of culture. Eaton Workshop

Skift Take: It’s not unusual for hotels to talk about how they curate local culture into the experience. But a new hotel in Washington, D.C. is not just talking the talk, but walking the walk with this job.

— Laura Powell

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Travel Megatrends 2019: Travel Loyalty Is Overdue for Disruption

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Travelers want faster gratification and deeper engagement from their loyalty programs. They want disruption. Amanda Berglund / Skift

Skift Take: Being a member in loyalty programs today is about as engaging as a trip to the auto mechanic. For most, complex rules and constraints take much of the utility out of the programs while other, more motivated travelers simply find them uninspiring. To survive, tomorrow’s loyalty programs will need much more than blockchain — they’ll need true disruption.

— Grant Martin

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This Is What Hotel CEOs Really Think About Homesharing

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Pictured here is one of the private home listings offered as part of Marriott’s homesharing pilot in London. Skift recently spoke to a number of hotel CEOs to ask them for their thoughts on entering the private accommodations space. Marriott

Skift Take: While most still don’t think it’s necessarily for them, there are a few who are starting to be open to giving it a try.

— Deanna Ting

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Airbus May Assemble Newest Jet in China to Secure Far East Deals

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An Airbus A330-800neo landing at Toulouse Blagnac airport following its first flight. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Planemaker Airbus may build A330neos at an existing factory in Tianjin. The offer to make the planes locally comes as Rolls-Royce is said to offer work at a local engine plant, too. But do the companies really believe they can protect their trade secrets if they make aircraft parts in China?

— Sean O’Neill

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France and Dutch Governments Promise Cooperation After Reports of Air France-KLM Rift

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The Dutch government wants greater leverage in matters related to the national airline, KLM. Pictured is one of KLM’s Airbus A330s. KLM

Skift Take: The Dutch government recently took a stake in Air France-KLM so it would have more leverage in group-level dynamics. It wasn’t cheap, but ministers calculated this was only way to ensure executives in Paris would listen to Dutch interests. Will it work?

— Brian Sumers

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Is a Dutch Investment in Air France-KLM a Step Too Far?

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The Dutch government’s investment in Air-France-KLM is raising new questions about government intervention. Skift

Skift Take: It might seem like a move from a different time, but the Dutch government’s move this week to take a 14 percent stake in Air France-KLM is renewing a debate over the role on government in business. It’s certainly not like the airline company was teetering on the brink of collapse.

— Tom Lowry

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