Sri Lanka Uses Tax Waivers to Boost Tourism Investment After Attacks

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Rescue personnel in Sri Lanka following last month’s terror attacks. Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images

Skift Take: Sri Lanka is looking at a multiyear comeback trail for tourism after last month’s attacks. Tax waivers will make the destination more attractive for travel industry investors but do little to reassure travelers that they’ll be safe once they arrive.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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5 Travel Insights From Skift Forum Europe 2019

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TripAdvisor president of core experience, Lindsay Nelson, and Skift Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill speak at Skift Forum Europe in London on April 30, 2019. Russell harper / Skift

Skift Take: Whether or not they are doing enough, at least companies are starting to address some of the wider issues around the travel and tourism industry.

— Patrick Whyte

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Expedia CEO: If United Doesn’t Talk New Deal, It Will Be ‘Completely Bewildering’


Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom said he thinks at the end of the day that United Airlines would want to come to terms over a new contract. Bloomberg

Skift Take: It is certainly possible that United may walk away from Expedia on September 30 if the two parties can’t reach a new contract. Expedia is downplaying the financial impact, but the repercussions would be far-reaching, and would amount to a big hit to the Expedia brand.

— Dennis Schaal

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