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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Skift Tech Forum: How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Guest Experience

G6 Hospitality

Motel 6 in Carlsbad, NM. Jessie Burgess, chief information officer at G6 Hospitality, will speak about innovative platforms at Skift Tech Forum on June 27. G6 Hospitality

Skift Take: For travelers, tech overload can easily lead to burnout, but when used the right way, a flexible platform can foster a solid human connection.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Airbnb Starts Adding Some HotelTonight Partners in Next Move Into the Hotel Business

Airbnb

Shown is a business traveler guest of Airbnb. The company is working with some HotelTonight properties to add them to the Airbnb platform. Airbnb

Skift Take: It will be tremendously complex for Airbnb to transition from an alternative accommodations site into one that also offers lots of hotels. The coming business model changes and technology challenges will get sorted out, but it will be rocky for quite some time.

— Dennis Schaal

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Olympic Tourists to Paris Will Find No Direct Airport-City Rail Link

Christophe Morin  / Bloomberg

Travelers look at train arrival and departure information screens at Gare du Nord railway station in Paris, France. Christophe Morin / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Government officials are prioritizing the needs of Parisian residents over tourist needs. The city plans to offer extra service on one of its existing rail lines instead — but considering the likely massive influx of visitors, will that be enough?

— Isaac Carey

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Louvre Museum Reopens After Overcrowding Left Tourists and Staff Frustrated

The Associated Press

On Wednesday the museum opened its doors at 11 a.m., two hours after its regular opening time. The Associated Press

Skift Take: As our 2019 Travel Megatrend on tourism points out, the emergence of overtourism has led organizations to manage visitor growth more carefully, even at the expense of revenue goals. The plus side is those dollars can be spread out to less congested areas.

— Danni Santana

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