Can Norwegian Air Survive?

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Norwegian Air, which flies the Boeing 787 seen here, will have a slow first quarter. PeS-Photo / Flickr

Skift Take: We suspect Norwegian Air, which is in weaker financial shape than most passengers might expect, will survive 2019. But the first quarter will be an important harbinger of things to come. It’s always a rough period for European airlines because leisure demand is slow.

— Brian Sumers

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Southwest Airlines Drops One of Its Wi-Fi Providers

Southwest Airlines

Southwest will no longer use Panasonic Avionics as one of its Wi-Fi providers. Pictured is the interior of a Boeing 737-800. Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: Southwest has been stingy with the details here. Why did it sever a contract with one of its two Wi-Fi providers? Was it because the platform had spotty service? Or was there another reason?

— Brian Sumers

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Central Asia’s New Silk Road Offers Vast Tourism Potential

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The Palace of Khudayar Khan in eastern Uzbekistan, known as the Pearl of Kokand, was the palace of the last ruler of the Kokand Khanate, Khudayar Khan. Daniel Mennerich / Flickr

Skift Take: Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan meet chicken-and-egg. An effort to revive the old Silk Road could mean huge tourism potential for those countries whose economies for so long were dependent on natural resources, especially as outbound Chinese travel grows. But how projects and the timing line up will play a huge role.

— Tom Lowry

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Cyprus Gets Dedicated Tourism Minister Ahead of New Mega-Casino Resort

A rendering of Cyprus: City of Dreams Mediterranean is set to launch in 2021 and aims to attract 300,000 tourists a year.

Skift Take: Tourism is Cyprus’s largest industry and soon new attractions such as City of Dreams Mediterranean will open. Cyprus sure deserves a dedicated tourism minister to ensure sustainability for this important part of the economy.

— Raini Hamdi

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Expect Solid Year of Growth for Travel in 2019: New Skift Research

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Have we reached the top? In our view, recessions are not caused by age of the economic cycle alone. Read our 2019 outlook for more. Michael Zittel / Pexels

Skift Take: Our latest Skift Research report provides a look-back on 2018 and details our 2019 economic expectations for the U.S. and globally. All in all, we expect a solid year of economic growth in 2019 which should translate well for the travel industry.

— Rebecca Stone

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Courting a New Generation of Safari Goers

Natural Selection

Natural Selection’s Meno a Kwena property. Natural Selection

Skift Take: As African countries continue to grow their tourism markets, travelers are learning that a safari doesn’t necessarily have to be a luxury, once-in-a-lifetime thing. Rather, some innovators are creating reasonably priced experiences that can serve as a great entry point for a wider range of visitors.

— Colin Nagy

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Wynn Sues Genting for Copying Its Design for Las Vegas Resort

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The Venetian, from left, The Palazzo, Wynn Resort Holdings LLC, and Encore Las Vegas hotels stand on The Strip in this aerial photograph taken at dusk above Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. David Paul Morris / Bloomberg

Skift Take: There are only so many ways you can design a mega resort on a small piece of land so it appeals to the Vegas visitor.

— Jason Clampet

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