Amsterdam Considers Home Rental Ban to Limit Overtourism

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Tourists in Amsterdam reading a bike tour pamphlet. Huub Zeeman / Flickr

Skift Take: Amsterdam has already limited homesharing and is considering a total ban in popular neighborhoods. Stronger permitting for legit bed-and-breakfast operators will probably be more sustainable than an outright ban, if the goal is to improve life for locals.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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With Boeing 737 Max Still Grounded, Expect Delays at U.S. Airports This Summer

Southwest

Southwest has only cut its Boeing 737 Max flights until August 5. If the grounding lasts longer, more customers will be inconvenienced. Southwest

Skift Take: U.S. airlines are becoming more sophisticated with their operations, so they normally might not be worried about extra summer travelers. But three airlines still do not know when they will be able to fly their Boeing 737 Max jets, and that’s a problem.

— Brian Sumers

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Singapore Airlines CEO Lays Out Challenges Without Any Domestic Routes

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Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong speaking with Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at Skift Forum Asia on May 27, 2019. Richard Lai / Skift

Skift Take: Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong says the carrier is in a unique position: It doesn’t operate a single domestic route. So it has to make up for the valuable revenue stream it lacks from domestic traffic feed by competing aggressively in a fragmented market.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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United Won’t Pay Munoz a Full Bonus: Airline CEO Pay 2018

United Airlines

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz made about $10.5 million in total compensation last year but was denied a chunk of his bonus because the board determined the airline hasn’t made enough progress with customer satisfaction. United Airlines

Skift Take: U.S. airline CEOs make a lot of money. But they have tough jobs, and their businesses are making money. Maybe they deserve it.

— Brian Sumers

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Plastics in Airline Catering Raise Questions About Carbon Emissions

Scandinavian Airlines

Scandinavian Airlines serves meals in compostable cardboard material. Scandinavian Airlines

Skift Take: Airlines have a love-hate relationship with plastics, especially when it comes to food and beverage. Plastics pose a serious environmental threat, but at the same time they’re lightweight and thereby help reduce carbon emissions. Can carriers tackle both of these problems at once?

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Incentive Travel Yields New Opportunities for Leisure Advisors

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The 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco is a popular destination for incentive travel. Andy Hone/LAT Photographic / Flickr

Skift Take: While incentive travel is most often handled by travel management companies, it can also be a good fit for leisure travel advisors, especially those accustomed to working with high-end clients and those who make good use of outsourcing. While there are major differences between incentive and leisure travel, some of the same principles apply.

— Maria Lenhart

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Chinese Travelers Are Shunning the U.S.

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In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo tourists from China pose for photographs at Rockefeller Center in New York. Travel from China to the U.S. fell 4.6 percent in the first 10 months of 2018 compared to the same period the prior year, according to U.S. government data. The government hasn’t released full-year figures yet, but if the trend holds, it will be the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. fell from the prior year. Kathy Willens / Associated Press

Skift Take: Trump’s policies and a strong dollar, in particular, have led to a drop in Chinese visitors but also sluggish international tourism growth in the U.S. more generally. The situation may not improve anytime soon. Destinations should invest in technologies that Chinese travelers demand to stay in the game.

— Sean O’Neill

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