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Indonesia Enjoyed Record Tourism in 2018

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An aerial photo of a beach in Bali, Indonesia. Indonesia’s pristine beaches and scattered islands drew a record number of foreign tourists last year with the Malaysians and Chinese topping the list.
SeongJoon Cho / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Indonesia never drew so many visitors as it did last year, especially from Malaysia and China. But the country still missed its target to draw 17 million visitors, after it was struck by multiple earthquakes and tsunamis. We wish it better luck, on all fronts, next year.

— Sean O’Neill

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Ryanair Reorganizes Exec Team as It Falls to Loss

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A Ryanair jet at East Midlands airport in the UK. The airline slipped to a quarterly loss. James / Flickr

Skift Take: If it’s tough for Ryanair, you can imagine how difficult it is for other smaller airlines. With a new group structure, it will be interesting to see how big a part the Irish carrier plays in any consolidation over the course of 2019.

— Patrick Whyte

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Some Airlines Drop Venezuela Layovers to Avoid Turmoil for Crews

Carlos Becerra  / Bloomberg

A Turkish Airlines airplane approaches for landing at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela, on May 8, 2018. The mounting political crisis in Venezuela has prompted two European airlines to add a stop in the Caribbean so that workers don’t have to stay. Carlos Becerra / Bloomberg

Skift Take: European carriers Iberia and TAP have added stops in the Caribbean. They will let their workers stay overnight elsewhere than in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, which is plagued with political violence. Smart.

— Sean O’Neill

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Hilton CEO: ‘We’re Not Trying to Compete With Google, Amazon and Apple’


Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta at the 2017 Skift Global Forum. He recently spoke to Skift about his strategy for the company, which turns 100 this year. Skift

Skift Take: Can a single brand ever really own a customer? We think Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta is onto something here, but that won’t necessarily stop his travel peers from trying to do that in their own ways.

— Deanna Ting

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