British Airways Owner Rips Into Heathrow Airport Over ‘Outrageous’ Expansion Costs

Nick Morrish  / British Airways

A British Airways 747 in Landor livery arrives at London Heathrow on 09 March 2019. Parent company IAG is worried about spiralling costs associated with a new runway at Heathrow. Nick Morrish / British Airways

Skift Take: It’s strange to see an airport and its biggest customer at loggerheads. IAG CEO Willie Walsh is rapidly losing his patience with the expansion project, and the UK government might decide to follow suit.

— Patrick Whyte

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Georgia’s Sea Island Resort Now Blends Wellness With Golf Training

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Sea Island multimillion-dollar 17,000-square-foot Golf Performance Center in Georgia. Sea Island golf resort on the Georgia coast. Sea Island

Skift Take: The author took a session with fitness guru Randy Myers at the famed Georgia resort’s new Golf Performance Center. This is a great illustration of the rise of wellness as a luxury travel trend.

— Sean O’Neill

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Overtourism Meets Climate Change and 16 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Andy Newman  / Holland America Line

Passengers aboard Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam on July 29, 2007 in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The travel industry is confronting the growing issues of climate change and overtourism. Andy Newman / Holland America Line

Skift Take: This week in tourism, don’t miss our deep dive on the dangerous intersection of overtourism and climate change, and what the travel industry can do to pursue sustainability for both itself and the environment.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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U.S. Job Growth in Travel for July Rises Despite Labor Shortages

Don Johnston  / Grand Hotel

Shown here is the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It’s one of several hotels across the country that hires seasonal workers for its peak season and is affected by the tighter labor market. Don Johnston / Grand Hotel

Skift Take: A strong job market means lots of consumers are spending on domestic travel. But rising wages and recently tightened rules on visas for seasonal workers are pressuring some sectors. We take a sector-by-sector look.

— Sean O’Neill

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Interest in Iran Tours Rising Globally Despite Americans’ Fears

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An Intrepid Travel cycling tour in Iran. Demand for Iran tours is rising globally despite reduced interest among Americans because of tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments. Intrepid Travel

Skift Take: With tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments escalating, tour operators report that some Americans are rethinking their travel plans. However travelers from other countries are undeterred, and interest in Iran continues to grow.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Book Sri Lanka Again Thanks to Downgraded Warnings

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Hotels like KK Beach on Habaraduwa Beach are offering significant discounts to attract visitors after some lean times. Srilankacollection.com

Skift Take: Tourism to Sri Lanka was riding high until the Easter massacre all but shut it down. Now that foreign governments are scaling back their travel warnings, some travel advisors are again pushing the destination, hoping that tourism will help get the country back on its feet.

— Allan Leibowitz

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