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The Bahamas Launches Marketing Blitz After Fyre Festival Fiasco

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(From left) Bahamas Minister of Tourism Dionsio D’Aguilar, Lenny Kravitz, Joy Jibrilu and Deputy Director General Tommy Thompson arrive at The Bahamas x Lenny Kravitz Fly Away Campaign Launch on February 7, 2019 in New York City. Bennett Raglin / Getty Images

Skift Take: The old adage is that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The Bahamas plans to turn the popular focus on the Fyre Festival debacle into a showcase for the beauty that led those scammers to select the destination in the first place.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Disney Doesn’t Plan to Spend a Fortune Promoting New Star Wars Attractions

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A Millennium Falcon under development for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is pictured in this promotional photo. The new land opens at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida this year. Disney

Skift Take: Disney’s CEO seems to expect the company’s upcoming Star Wars lands to basically sell themselves. He’s probably right, but we still expect to hear plenty about Galaxy’s Edge in the coming months.

— Hannah Sampson

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U.S. Travel Predicts Strong Biz Travel Growth

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The city’s tourism bureau, Destination DC, announced Tuesday, May 3, 2016, that the nation’s capital welcomed 19.3 million domestic visitors in 2015. Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Skift Take: Although leisure travel growth will probably slow this year, business travel will continue to pick up. This is good news for those who suspect a recession is on the way.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Travel Advisors Work in Mysterious Ways to Put Discovery Into Vacations

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The team at Mexico City-based Jubel, which specializes in Mystery Travel. CEO Jose Pablo Toscano is second from right. Jubel

 

Skift Take: The allure of a mystery vacation is growing for some travelers as the world continues to shrink thanks to an overwhelming flood of photos and videos in social media about the world’s great destinations. We see this sector as one set to continue its growth in coming years.

— Paul Biasco

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Legacy Airlines Look to Asia for Travel Technology Innovations

From left, Lufthansa Group’s vice president sales Asia-Pacific Alain Chisari, Lufthansa Innovation Hub’s managing director Gleb Tritus and Lufthansa Group’s vice president of digital strategy Christian Langer, launching the hub in Singapore. Photo credit: Lufthansa Innovation Hub

 

Skift Take: Traditional airlines don’t ever want to be caught unprepared again, as they were when low-cost carriers disrupted their gig. And Asia is where they look to for a head start on travel tech innovations. Never see legacies as geriatric ever again.

— Raini Hamdi

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United Threatens to Cut Access to Flights Departing After September, Expedia Alleges

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United and American Airlines jets are pictured at Los Angeles International Airport in this photo from 2017. United is threatening to remove some of its flights from Expedia. Tomás Del Coro / Flickr

 

Skift Take: Is this all just posturing in negotiations between United and Expedia? It certainly could be but filing a lawsuit about it while a contract is in place takes things to a new level.

— Dennis Schaal

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