Southwest and American Respond to Maintenance Workers’ Public Disputes

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Southwest is negotiating with its mechanics union. Pictured is one of the airline’s Boeing 737s in Salt Lake City. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: It is not rare for an airline’s operation to suffer when a major work group is unhappy with contract negotiations. Pilots and maintenance technicians have considerable authority to defer an issue, or to demand it be fixed right away.

— Brian Sumers

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Why Europe Risks Falling Behind as a Global Tourist Destination

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Tower Bridge in London is shown in this photo from November 2018. The UK saw international visitor numbers and spending drop last year. Giuseppe Milo / Flickr

Skift Take: Travelers will always want to visit Europe. But as the world continues to open up, there’s more competition for tourist dollars. Destinations will need to adjust accordingly.

— Hannah Sampson

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American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels to Share Elite Loyalty Benefits

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An American Airlines plane at Frankfurt Airport. Kevin Hackert / Kevin Hackert, Flickr

Skift Take: Like Crossover Rewards and Rewards Plus before it, a new partnership between American and Hyatt may help elite loyalty members in both programs earn some extra perks. And with little cost associated, participation is a no-brainer.

— Grant Martin

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Lessons From Kashmir: When Violence Threatens a Fragile Tourism Economy

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Dal Lake in Srinagar is shown in this photo from April 2017. Violence between India and Pakistan raises new questions about tourism’s role in conflict zones. plynoi / Flickr

Skift Take: Despite conflict and instability, tourism remains an important part of Kashmir’s economy. But travelers should be cognizant of a lot more than safety if they choose to visit the region.

— Sarah Khan

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Who’s Really Winning the Direct Booking Wars Between Hotels and Online Travel Agencies?

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An XYZ lounge at an Aloft Hotel. Hotel brands and online travel agencies both remain focused on getting more respective direct bookings from consumers. Marriott

Skift Take: Arguments can be made for a number of sides, but the truth is there’s no true winner or loser here, if we’re being totally honest.

— Deanna Ting

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The AOC Effect Comes to Travel, Whether You Like It or Not

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Green New Deal co-sponsors U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey discussing the Green New Deal. Bloomberg

Skift Take: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal have stirred up debate about the path toward a sustainable travel future. She’s right on time — and hopefully not too late.

— Dennis Schaal

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