Club Med Will Expand into New Market With First South Africa Resort

South African Tourism

A family at a South African beach. Club Med’s first planned resort in sub-Saharan Africa will attract not only international visitors but also growing numbers of local travelers. South African Tourism

Skift Take: Club Med has finally committed to long-overdue expansion into sub-Saharan Africa. It’s good news for South Africa’s tourism prospects and introduces the brand to an untapped African market.

— Richard Holmes

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How Nepal Can Address Overtourism on Mount Everest

Daniel Prudek

Panoramic view of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar with group of climbers on the way to Everest. Daniel Prudek

Skift Take: Overcrowding at the peak of Everest has long been well documented. The current 2019 death toll of 11 climbers must jolt Nepal authorities into taking action and getting wiser about how to optimize an attraction without spoiling it. Here’s how.

— Raini Hamdi

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A First Look Inside Disney’s New Star Wars Attraction

Chris Pizzello  / Associated Press

From left, Star Wars film franchise creator George Lucas, cast members Billy Dee Williams and Mark Hamill, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and cast member Harrison Ford stand in front of the Millennium Falcon starship during a dedication ceremony for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland Park, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Skift Take: Disney is letting the park speak for itself. Star Wars fans will enjoy riding the Millennium Falcon and eating food featured in the series.

— Isaac Carey

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MGM Resorts Completes Layoffs in Cost-Cutting Effort

John Locher  / Associated Press

In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, a man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Casino giant MGM Resorts International announced Thursday, May 30, 2019, it’s completing planned layoffs with 779 job cuts, mostly in Las Vegas. John Locher / Associated Press

Skift Take: MGM Resorts tried to get ahead of the curve by downsizing before a potential economic downturn hits. The hospitality company can now focus on developing new experiences and products to drive revenue and truly future-proof its business.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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U.S. Airlines Add Untapped International Routes in Next Stage of Growth

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Delta Air Lines will use a Boeing 777-200, like the one pictured here, to open a new route to Mumbai. Aero Icarus / Flickr

Skift Take: When U.S. airlines started making money again several years ago, they added flights to some of the biggest business destinations. But they have mostly filled in those gaps, so now they’re taking chances on more unusual routes. Some will surely fail.

— Brian Sumers

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