6 Top Theme Park Industry Developments of 2018

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Epcot, one of the theme parks at Walt Disney World in Florida, is shown in this photo from April. Mike Christoferson / Flickr

Skift Take: Theme parks got more creative with loyalty and pricing, ramped up their building boom, and took steps to raise employee wages in 2018. One operator mounted a turnaround, while another struggled to meet expectations. Here are some highlights from a year of strategic twists and turns.

— Hannah Sampson

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Egypt Says Its Giant Museum for Ancient Treasures Will Finally Open in 2020

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Workers landscape grounds at the Grand Egyptian Museum under construction in front of the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Associated Press / Amr Nabil

Skift Take: Egypt has a long way to go before it’s back to pre-Arab Spring tourism levels. A great, new museum will help, but it’s just part of the fix the country needs.

— Jason Clampet

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Thomas Cook’s Hard Year and 10 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook’s Smartline hotel in Cala’n Bosch in Menorca, Spain. Thomas Cook’s share price has fallen to its lowest level in six years. Thomas Cook

Skift Take: This week in tourism, we reviewed the many factors that made Thomas Cook’s share price fall this year. Similarly, we looked back at 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2018, including Royal Caribbean’s stake in Silversea, a groundbreaking museum in the Deep South, and more.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Indonesian Tsunami Claims Over 168 Lives, Destroys Tourism Infrastructure

Dwi Oblo

In 2014, ash covered a Garuda Indonesia when Mount Kelud volcano erupted. The latest tsunami is believed to be triggered by volcanic activity of Mount Anak Krakatau. Dwi Oblo

Skift Take: Indonesia’ tourism ministry has halted promotional activities on Lampung and Banten, two popular destinations hit by a tsunami Saturday night, local time. The latest crisis also brings back painful memories of the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.

— Raini Hamdi

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Canada Will Get Yet Another Discount Airline

Enerjet

Indigo Partners will join Canadian investors to revamp charter airline Enerjet into a low-cost carrier. It will get a new name. Enerjet

Skift Take: Several ultra-low-cost carriers have started or are in the planning stages in Canada, and many are in some state of disarray. But the market has potential, and if there’s anyone who can figure it out, it’s Bill Franke. The man has built discount airlines worldwide, and he has an impressive track record.

— Brian Sumers

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Delivers Boost to Singapore Hotels

Marina Bay Sands

A view of the rooftop infinity pool at Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, the setting of the global movie hit Crazy Rich Asians. Marina Bay Sands

Skift Take: In recent years the island city-state of Singapore wisely expanded its airport, hotels, stopover program, and luxury offerings. That helped to prepare it for a recent influx of tourism after its star turn in the global blockbuster movie “Crazy Rich Asians.”

— Sean O’Neill

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Drone Scare Disrupts London Gatwick During Holiday Rush

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An Easyjet plc aircraft, left, taxis along the tarmac at London Gatwick Airport in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg

Skift Take: As we’ve remarked over the years, it’s only a matter of time until a doofus with a drone knocks an airliner out of the sky and kills dozens or hundreds of people. In fact, it almost happened recently in Mexico.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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