Travel Advisors Act to Protect Clients From Resort Fee Surprises

Associated Press

Tourists view the water fountains at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Many Las Vegas hotels charge resort fees, and some travel advisors have been steering clients away from them. Associated Press

Skift Take: Not only are resort fees an annoyance for hotel guests, but they put the onus on travel advisors to make sure clients are aware of what their stay will actually cost. Some advisors are fighting back by steering clients toward properties that don’t charge the fees.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Point to Emerging Trends in U.S. Domestic Tourism

Distant Horizons

Pictured is a civil rights mural in Birmingham, Alabama. Civil rights tourism is trending for American vacationers. Distant Horizons

Skift Take: While the growth of international visitation to the U.S. is slowing, travel advisors see rising interest among Americans in exploring their own country, often in new ways. Cultural itineraries exploring everything from civil rights history to regional culinary specialties are on the agenda.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors See U.S. Domestic Tourism Evolving Amid Inbound Woes

Distant Horizons

Rev. Carolyn McKinstry, who survived the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, addresses tourists in the church. Distant Horizons

Skift Take: Domestic leisure travel among Americans appears to be getting stronger, helping to offset declining growth in international visitors to the U.S. It’s also growing in new directions, with glamping and cultural tours especially popular.

— Maria Lenhart

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Material Matters at The St. Regis: Covering the Job of Hotel Upholsterer

The St. Regis Hotel

The St. Regis New York upholstery specialist Jose Gabriel Perez ensures that the landmark hotel’s chairs, sofas, and wall coverings are looking sharp every single day. The St. Regis Hotel

Skift Take: Whether it’s hanging on the walls or blanketing chairs and sofas, fabric plays a starring role at The St. Regis New York. That’s why the hotel employs a full-time upholsterer, who is constantly canvassing the premises to keep material in tip-top shape.

— Laura Powell

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

InterContinental Hotels Group

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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