Sabre Dares U.S. Justice Department to Sue It Over Farelogix Deal

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Sabre CEO and president Sean Menke spoke at Skift Tech Forum in June 2018. Menke has been frustrated that Justice Department officials have held up the tech giant’s proposed acquisition of Farelogix. Skift

Skift Take: The travel technology giant said Wednesday it would go ahead with its planned $360 million acquisition on August 21. If the U.S. federal attorneys aren’t happy about it, they can sue, Sabre said. No travel tech company has used, and threatened in public to use, its lawyers as much as Sabre in the past decade.

— Sean O’Neill

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What If Hong Kong Falls? The Worst-Case Scenario for Travel

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Hong Kong International Airport Terminal One HKIA

Skift Take: As weeks of protests escalate in Hong Kong and Beijing weighs its options, it’s not hard to imagine Hong Kong’s successful tourism industry becoming a shell of its former self. Though the conventional wisdom from region insiders is that Hong Kong will prevail, the form that it will take is anyone’s guess.

— Raini Hamdi and Rosie Spinks

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Travel Advisors Say Price — Not Pollution — Still Top Concern for Most Cruisers

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The MS Koningsdam as seen in an aerial view in Venice. Travel advisors aren’t seeing much impact from the pollution fine against Carnival Corp. Carnival Corp.

Skift Take: While the cruise industry’s dismal record on sustainability hasn’t yet sparked concern among most cruise passengers or inspired major changes, small cruise operators are stepping up their game on green practices.

— Maria Lenhart

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