Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder

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Pictured is the $1.35 billion Symphony of the Seas on its maiden voyage in April 2018. With so many non-commissionable parts of a cruise booking, it is becoming increasingly difficult for travel advisors to make money from cruises. Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos / Getty Images

Skift Take: This might be the best time in history for travel advisors to sell cruises, but it’s also the most complex. Those who take time to know the growing array of cruise choices and focus on the high end of the market are the most likely to succeed.

— Maria Lenhart

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American Airlines Asks Court to Stop Disruptive Slowdown by Mechanics

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American Airlines aircraft queue. American Airlines Group asked a federal court to halt an alleged “illegal slowdown campaign” by unionized mechanics. Angus Mordant / Bloomberg

Skift Take: American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks. The whole industry will be watching how a judge rules in the matter.

— Sean O’Neill

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Homesharing Will Take a Bigger Bite of Hotel Market Share: New Skift Research

New Skift Research suggests that homesharing will further erode hotel market share.

Skift Take: As one of the largest travel sectors, accommodations will continue to grow as travel becomes an even more integral part of consumer lifestyles. Yet it remains to be seen if the disruption from alternative accommodations will fundamentally shake up the entire sector.

— Haixia Wang

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