Hospitality Brands Go All-In on the Sleep Movement

Accor Hotels

Pictured is a hotel suite at Raffles Dubai. Raffles Hotels & Resorts launched its Sleep Rituals program in February 2019. The hospitality industry has embraced the growing popularity of wellness with initiatives tied to a good night’s rest. Accor Hotels

Skift Take: As our Skift Megatrend 2019 forecasted, wellness is the new hook in travel marketing, and it’s been gaining speed. The rise of wellness culture has made caring about sleep cool — and since weariness is a top complaint of travelers, it’s good business sense that the hospitality industry is upgrading its sleep offerings.

— Leslie Barrie

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U.S Regulator May Not Enforce Max Simulator Training

Bloomberg

An aircraft cockpit. The Boeing 737 Max jet is still grounded. Bloomberg

Skift Take: This whole sorry episode has shed much-needed light on the sometimes murky world of airline regulation. There might be a logical reason for the FAA refusing to mandate new simulator training, but given the circumstances it would just look really bad.

— Patrick Whyte

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China Keeps a Closer Eye on Citizens Traveling to Hong Kong

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Travelers queue and wait at the departure hall at the Hong Kong International Airport. Paul Yeung / Bloomberg via Getty

Skift Take: China is not taking any chances when it comes to the possibility of protests in Hong Kong spreading to the mainland. Phone checks at the border are reportedly the latest tactic to control the spread of this sentiment.

— Rosie Spinks

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