Expedia’s Resort Fee Fix and 9 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Shangri-La

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa, Muscat. Expedia ruled out charging commissions on hotel resort fees. Shangri-La

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Expedia Group ruled out charging commissions on hotel resort fees. Then at Skift Tech Forum, we spoke to Marriott on stage about owning the whole traveler journey, and Expedia on connecting travelers with hotels to sort out flight delays.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Mexico’s Caribbean Beaches Fight a Losing Battle Against Seaweed

Victor Ruiz  / Associated Press

Sargassum seaweed fills the shore where fishermen push their boat to sea in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Mexico has spent $17 million to remove over a half-million tons of sargassum seaweed from its Caribbean beaches, and the problem doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon.
Victor Ruiz / Associated Press

Skift Take: Environmental change will impact every destination in the coming years. For some it’s flooding, for others it’s unbearable heatwaves. Here, it’s seaweed.

— Jason Clampet

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The Biggest Barrier to Supersonic Travel May Be Its Carbon Footprint

Boom Technology Inc.

The future of air travel may be supersonic, but it also has to be carbon-free. Boom Technology Inc.

Skift Take: The race to achieve zero-emission aviation is on, but alongside it, companies like Boom are focused on bringing about a new era of supersonic travel. They may find that environmental concerns cancel out their lofty innovation.

— Rosie Spinks

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Brand USA’s Future and 12 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Brand USA

Brand USA is trying to secure its funding under the Trump administration. Brand USA

Skift Take: This week in tourism, Brand USA fights to prove its relevance and secure funding under the Trump administration. Then outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced the country’s first tourism sector deal, plus we examined the cruise industry’s massive pollution problem.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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