Middle East Corporate Travel Will Get Boost From UAE’s Long-Term Visa Decision

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The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, left, stands above the city skyline seen through the Dubai Frame architectural landmark in Dubai. Christopher Pike / Bloomberg

Skift Take: The move is driven by economic interests, and the eligibility rules are still strict and the cap on permits is low. But it’s good news for corporate leaders who do a lot of business in the region.

— Isaac Carey

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The Most Amazing Airline Failures of the Past 15 Years

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Oasis Hong Kong Airlines ceased operations in 2008, leaving ticket holders in the lurch. Binder.donedat / Visual Hunt

Skift Take: The airline industry is a tough business. Dozens of carriers have gone belly-up since Skift Airline Weekly began publishing in 2004. We picked 10 of the most interesting bankruptcy and grounding stories in the last 15 years.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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Travel Advisors Ready to Take One Big Step Into Space Tourism

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This undated photo shows Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo. Travel advisors are poised for the advent of suborbital flights. Virgin Galactic via Associated Press

Skift Take: After many years of setbacks and anticipation, Virgin Galactic’s suborbital flights are expected to launch at last. Is a whole new era of space tourism, with rewards for travel advisors, about to take off, as well?

— Maria Lenhart

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