The Most Fascinating Part of the World for Airlines So Far This Year


Virgin Atlantic’s rescue of Flybe made Europe the most fascinating region of the world for airlines during the first half of 2019. Skift

Skift Take: It’s never dull in the airline industry, and the first half of 2019 has been no exception. We were hard-pressed to single out the most interesting region. But the industry in Europe had the wildest ride in the first half, with high-profile bankruptcies, a few strikes, impending acquisitions, changing business models, and the perennial Alitalia saga.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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Interest in Iran Tours Rising Globally Despite Americans’ Fears

Intrepid Travel

An Intrepid Travel cycling tour in Iran. Demand for Iran tours is rising globally despite reduced interest among Americans because of tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments. Intrepid Travel

Skift Take: With tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments escalating, tour operators report that some Americans are rethinking their travel plans. However travelers from other countries are undeterred, and interest in Iran continues to grow.

— Maria Lenhart

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Marriott Is Sued by D.C. as Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Renewed Fire


Marriott Baltimore Waterfront in Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland. The District of Columbia sued Marriott International over its resort fee practices. Marriott

Skift Take: Resort fees are embedded into many hotels’ business models so it would take a lot to upend them. But the prospect is picking up a lot of momentum.

— Dennis Schaal

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Air France Balks at Government Plan for a New Tax on Flights

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Air France passenger aircraft, operated by Air France-KLM Group, sit on the tarmac at Charles De Gaulle airport. Christophe Morin / Bloomberg

Skift Take: In the age of flying-shame, a flight tax might make sense from a consumer perspective. But the French government will find its national carrier Air France is a strong opponent to its implementation.

— Rosie Spinks

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UK Investor Group Makes Move for Anbang’s Luxury Hotel Portfolio

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The JW Marriott Essex House in New York City is part of the portfolio many suitors are looking to acquire from Anbang Insurance Group. Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Skift Take: It looks like a bidding war is on for Anbang’s luxury hotel portfolio. Investor Richard Faber has turned to sovereign wealth funds to outspend the other investment groups jockeying to win the deal.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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