U.S. Customs Delays Could Get Even Longer As Global Entry Staff Transferred

Ralph Desio  / U.S. Customs & Border Protection

President Trump visited the Border Wall prototypes in San Diego recently. Global Entry staff are being diverted to the U.S.-Mexico border. Ralph Desio / U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Skift Take: Does anyone remember the misplaced hope that President Trump would act as though he were the hotelier-in-chief or a pro-travel President? But then came Muslim travel bans, shutting down U.S. travel to Cuba, and — the latest — depleting staffing conducting Global Entry interviews.

— Dennis Schaal

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Why British Airways’ Parent Company Is Betting on Boeing 737 Max

David Ryder  / Bloomberg

It has been a rough year for Boeing. But recently International Airlines Group signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. David Ryder / Bloomberg

Skift Take: A lot of airline executives say they have confidence in the Boeing 737 Max. But only International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh has backed it up by saying he intends to buy 200 of them.

— Brian Sumers

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The Threat of a Drop in Chinese Tourism to the U.S. and 7 Other Tourism Trends this Week

Kathy Willens  / AP Photo

Tourists from China pose for photographs at Rockefeller Center in New York. Kathy Willens / AP Photo

Skift Take: This week in tourism, geopolitical tensions show signs of harming the U.S. tourism industry. Meanwhile, Travel Leaders takes a proactive approach to one of travel’s most difficult problems.

— Isaac Carey

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U.S. Flight Bookings to Dominican Republic Plummet Because of Tourist Deaths


The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for U.S. tourists but there have been abundant flight cancellations because of unexplained traveler deaths. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The Dominican Republic Tourism minister’s response, dismissing all of the deaths as having occurred from natural causes, doesn’t really provide confidence that the country is seriously investigating the matter.

— Dennis Schaal

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