‘Skip-Gen’ Vacations Are a New Family Travel Offshoot for Travel Advisors

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Grandparents are increasingly planning vacation with their grandkids. This gives them time to bond while the childrens’ parents stay home. Austin Adventures clients traveling through Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park. Austin Adventures

Skift Take: “Skip-gen” travel involving grandparents and grandchildren is an important market for travel advisors to pay attention to. Not only are grandparents more active these days, many see travel as a rare bonding opportunity with grandchildren.

— Maria Lenhart

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The Story of Oyo’s Troubles Is the Story of Modern India

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An Oyo hotel property in Gurgaon, India. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: What’s happening with Oyo cannot be looked at separately from the modern Indian milieu that gave birth to it, and in which it operates. Oyo now needs to rise above that legacy and bring in the global business practices that ensure it survives and thrives in the future.

— Rafat Ali

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Hotels Navigate Hazy World of Legal Marijuana and 8 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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Hotels struggle to to balance liberal state marijuana laws with federal law which classifies marijuana as a Schedule ! drug. Victor Moussa / Adobe

Skift Take: In hospitality news this week, hotels are finding it confusing to straddle state and federal laws when it comes to marijuana. Is legal pot a liability or opportunity? Plus, fast-rising Oyo Hotels & Homes has slammed on the brakes in the U.S., laying off a third of its team and switching up its strategy.

— Danielle Hyams

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Oyo’s Global Downsizing Hits U.S. as One-Third of Staff Is Fired in Biz Model Shift

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An Oyo hotel in the U.S. Skift

Skift Take: If the cliché “no pain, no gain” applies to disruptor Oyo, then the chain is clearly in the pain part of that equation. The brand has definitely taken a huge reputational hit that will play out for months. There are certainly positives in Oyo’s renewed value proposition to many properties if the chain doesn’t trip over itself.

— Dennis Schaal

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Design Trend: Hotel Lobby as Local-Inspired Living Room

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Many designers are now looking to the cities and neighborhoods where hotels are located for decorating inspiration. Shown here is the lobby in The Hoxton in Portland, Ore. Alongside newly built rooms, public areas were situated in an old converted movie theater. Ennismore / The Hoxton via Associated Press

Skift Take: Designers aim to make hotels into homey work spaces for business travelers, but if every hospitality space is an office, how do you take a vacation?

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Frontier Airlines Owner Cuts Stake in Wizz Air

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A Wizz Air aircraft. The carrier’s largest shareholder is selling down its stake. Dylan Agbagni (CC0) / Flickr

Skift Take: Given the European Union’s ownership rules and Indigo Partners’ previous comments, this news comes as no surprise. Of more interest is where will legendary low-cost airline investor Bill Franke turn his attention to next?

— Patrick Whyte

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Airlines Must Own Up to Environmental Impact and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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Carbon offsetting might sound good, but airlines need to be more proactive and less profit driven when it comes to the environment. pixelschoen / Adobe

Skift Take: This week in aviation news, carbon offsetting has become a popular way for airlines to improve their image, but the reality is they are still pumping millions of tons of CO2 into the air. In addition, the coronavirus continued to hamper travel, including cancelled flights for airlines.

— Danielle Hyams

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