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Low-Cost Airline Startup Sees Promise in Smaller Airports

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Workers install new windows at Salt Lake City International Airport, a mid-sized airport that Andrew Levy’s new airline is targeting. George Frey / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Allegiant co-founder Andrew Levy is starting a new ultra-low-cost airline and plans to start operations from lower-cost secondary airports. But is there room for another new low-cost airline in the U.S., and will passengers opt to fly from smaller airports?

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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Uganda Deals With Bad Publicity After U.S. Tourist Abduction

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation at State House in Entebbe, Uganda, on September 9, 2018. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni tried to reassure tourists that the country is safe after his security forces rescued an abducted U.S. tourist. Sumy Sadurni / AFP/Bloomberg

Skift Take: President Donald Trump’s effort to score domestic political points with Twitter-based diplomacy makes addressing the problem of traveler security and kidnappers demanding ransoms more difficult by antagonizing foreign leaders, rather than wooing them.

— Sean O’Neill

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How One Canadian Province Uses Icebergs to Attract Visitors

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Icebergs are increasingly a big tourist draw in Newfoundland and Labrador. Explorez / Visual Hunt

Skift Take: The best advice for destinations large and small as they embark upon marketing campaigns — keep it real. The efforts of isolated, iceberg-laden Newfoundland and Labrador is proof that going with the authenticity “floe” can melt the hearts of potential visitors.

— Laura Powell

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Travel Advisors With LGBTQ Clients Need to Know Local Norms

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Jose Guerrero, left, and Patrick Rodriguez chat before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, California on July 1, 2013. Travel advisors need to know where it is safe to travel for their LGBTQ clients. Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Skift Take: LGBTQ consumers are a particularly well-traveled and high-spending business source for travel advisors. Serving them requires knowledge and sensitivity about their preferences, as well as the legal and cultural landscape in various destinations.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Serving LGBTQ Travelers Must Know All the Nuances

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Members of San Diego, California’s LGBT community and supporters celebrated decisions by the U.S Supreme Court seen as victories for gay marriage rights in 2013. David Poller / Zumba Press/Corbis

Skift Take: Travel advisors serving the LGBTQ community need to be familiar with norms and laws affecting their clients in destinations around the globe. That doesn’t mean banning every unfriendly destination, but does require knowing how to deal with them.

— Paul Biasco

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Consumers Lead the Sustainability Debate, Says InterContinental CEO

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Delegates at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Seville. Consumers are out in front of governments when it comes to sustainability, said IHG CEO Keith Barr. World Travel and Tourism Council

Skift Take: Of course the tourism industry could do a better job dealing with sustainability. But the bigger issue is that one of its key components — air travel — is a significant contributor to climate change.

— Patrick Whyte

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