Travel Advisors Promote Aboriginal Tourism in Australia

Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris

A scene at Mount Borradaile, Arnhem Land, Australia. There is a growing interest among tourists in aboriginal experiences. Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris

Skift Take: For travel advisors looking for alternatives to overcrowded traditional destinations, Australia’s unique aboriginal experiences could fit right in. The country’s indigenous culture is now being strongly promoted through the efforts of Tourism Australia, state tourism promoters, and savvy local operators.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Guest Behavior Is Key Part of the Lux Hospitality Equation

Aman Resorts

Shown here is Amanjena in Marrakech. Guest behavior is a key part of the luxury hospitality experience. Aman Resorts

Skift Take: Luxury travelers often deconstruct what goes into the makings of great hospitality. It’s also necessary, however, to ask what is required of guests so that they hold up their end of the bargain. It’s a two-way street, and all too often we ignore one side of the equation.

— Colin Nagy

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Oyo to Invest $50 Million in Vietnam to Grow to 20,000 Hotel Rooms in 2020

Oyo Hotels & Homes

OYO K9 Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: After Indonesia, Vietnam turns out to be the next big playground in Southeast Asia for Oyo, which targets 20,000 rooms in the country by the end of 2020. But the more Oyo rooms multiply like rabbits, the more people want to know about the real returns on investment.

— Raini Hamdi

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New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

Air France-KLM

Ben Smith, Air France-KLM CEO, is working to fix the French side of his company. Air France-KLM

Skift Take: Insiders sometimes privately ask if Ben Smith will be a short-timer at Air France-KLM. He is trying to bring big change to a company plagued by inertia. But change is happening. Let’s see if Smith will have traction.

— Brian Sumers

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Georgia’s Rising Tensions With Russia Could Be an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Max Benidze  / Flickr

Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. Max Benidze / Flickr

Skift Take: Georgia’s tourism sector has been a striking success story over the last decade. While recent tensions with Russia threaten to upset the progress, they may also serve as the impetus for the country’s tourism industry to become less reliant on its neighbor.

— Rosie Spinks

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Thailand Wants Travelers to Visit New Places: Will Tour Operators Get On Board?

Dan Peltier

A tour group at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, in April 2017. Dan Peltier

Skift Take: Tourism Authority of Thailand executives are keen to spread the tourism wealth to its emerging destinations. Encouraging tour operators to offer programs beyond the popular destinations is a noble goal, but are the tour operators listening?

— Chris Ryall

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