Marriott Taps Ritz-Carlton Brand As Part of Its All-Inclusive Expansion

Marriott International

A rendering of Nia, set to rise in Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s West coast. Marriott International is getting into the game of all-inclusive resorts in a bid to strengthen loyalty. Marriott International

Skift Take: This is yet another example of a large hotel chain filling in the white space in its portfolio. Bonvoy members will soon have a solid selection of all-inclusive resorts to redeem points on.

— Danni Santana

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Travel Advisors See Growing Demand for Women-Only Tours That Promote Empowerment

Intrepid Travel

As seen on an Intrepid Travel tour, Becky Kieha is one of the few female truck drivers in Kenya. Intrepid Travel

Skift Take: A proliferation of women-only tours reflects the fact that women are a driving force behind the trend for experiential and adventure-oriented travel. The tours enable participants to interact with women from cultures far different than their own.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Scramble to Find Alternatives for Caribbean-Bound Clients

Bloomberg

The U.S. banned cruises to Cuba. Bloomberg

Skift Take: In the age of mass media, word of incidents in travel destinations quickly spread across the globe, and travel advisors need to be prepared to handle client requests for changes in their wake. It’s important for advisors to start looking for backup plans when news begins to break.

— Paul Biasco

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Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?

Associated Press

A flower tribute in El Paso, Texes after a shooting claimed 22 lives. Associated Press

Skift Take: In the wake of a tragedy, destinations are hugely beholden to the public perception of how safe it is to travel there, regardless of the reality on the ground. But the United States — which has experienced more mass shootings than there are days in they year in 2019 — is unfairly exempt from that struggle.

— Rosie Spinks

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Namibia Lures New Travelers Seeking Desert Solitude

Hoanib Valley Camp

Hoanib Valley Camp at dusk in Namibia. The country is attracting a wider audience, including high-end travelers seeking the ultimate luxury: solitude. Hoanib Valley Camp

Skift Take: It would be easy to see Namibia’s ascent as a run of great PR, but the country has been playing a long game to attract visitors from around the world. And now there’s both more access and new product to match rising demand from travelers who crave isolation — not to mention social media cred.

— Colin Nagy

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United Partners With Clear to Give Elite Frequent Flyers Discounted Screening

United Airlines

Will the new deal between Clear and United enable the tech company to get a leg up on TSA PreCheck’s dominance? United Airlines

Skift Take: This partnership is good news for United’s most frequent customers. But will the deal between Clear and United enable the tech company to get a leg up on TSA PreCheck’s dominance?

— Grant Martin

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Boeing CEO to Business Travel Execs: Trust Us, 737 Max Is Safe Now

Anna Moneymaker  / Bloomberg News

Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive of Boeing, is seen on March 7, 2019. Anna Moneymaker / Bloomberg News

Skift Take: Boeing is going to have to do more than apologize to make travelers comfortable with taking the risk of flying on the 737 Max when it returns to service. Travel buyers and managers, too, are unlikely to ignore the risk with their jobs at stake.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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