Booking’s Commission on Resort Fees and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Poolside at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Booking plans to charge a commission on resort fees. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, takes a bold new step; Hyatt invests further in the lifestyle sector; and Agoda’s CEO discusses instant booking, competitors, and its new Grab partnership.

— Isaac Carey

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New Jersey Bans Smoking at All Its Public Beaches

Associated Press

Holiday goers at the New Jersey shore. The state has banned smoking in parks and beaches. Fines start at $250 for a first offense and go up to $1,000 for a third offense for people smoking out of designated areas. Associated Press

Skift Take: Say good-bye to cigarette butts in the sand! Well, for the most part. The law, which bans smoking and vaping of any kind on the state’s beaches and in its parks, allows towns to designate up to 15 percent of the area as smoking zones. Perhaps this will inspire other statewide bans.

— Sean O’Neill

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Thomas Cook May Sell Nordics Division and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Thomas Cook

A Thomas Cook Airlines aircraft tail. The struggling company may sell its Nordics division. Thomas Cook

Skift Take: This week in aviation, a struggling Thomas Cook may drop one of its main airlines; an aviation entrepreneur leaves behind a 40-year legacy; and American Airlines deals with ongoing setbacks amid union issues.

— Isaac Carey

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Grounded Boeing 737 Max Jets Get White-Glove Care So They Can Fly Again


Southwest Airlines has parked its Boeing 737 Max jets in storage in Victorville, California, east of Los Angeles. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Often, when airlines fly planes to the desert for storage, they never fly again. But this is different. Airlines need to make sure the aircraft will be ready to go back into service when the FAA lifts its ban. That requires considerable work.

— Brian Sumers

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China to Help Airlines Seeking Compensation from Boeing 737 Max Grounding

Kim Cheung  / Associated Press

Models of Boeing passenger airliners are displayed during the Airshow China in Zhuhai city, south China’s Guangdong province. China’s airline industry association has thrown its support behind 13 Chinese carriers seeking compensation from Boeing for groundings of the 737 Max 8. Kim Cheung / Associated Press

Skift Take: China has consistently had a tough stance on Boeing’s recent 737 Max issues, and this is no exception.

— Isaac Carey

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