The Bahamas Need Tourism at Center of Post-Dorian Recovery

Associated Press

This photo shows the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island. The storm left at least 30 people dead after it hovered over the country’s northwestern region for an unprecedented 40 hours. Associated Press

Skift Take: After being ravaged by the unprecedented Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas is in its most urgent stage of recovery. But with half of its GDP dependent on tourism, it will need to focus its efforts in the coming months on ensuring that travelers still visit.

— Rosie Spinks and Danni Santana

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U.S. Jobs Data Predicts Slowdown in Hospitality Sector Employment

Florida International University

An image of a hospitality recruitment event run by Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The leisure and hospitality sector will cut its employment growth by roughly half in the next decade, according to new U.S. federal forecasts. Florida International University

Skift Take: Look beyond monthly jobs reports to see a bigger picture. The U.S. leisure and hospitality sector will cut its employment growth by roughly half over the next decade, according to a government forecast. Hoteliers will cope by boosting the productivity of their existing workforce through training.

— Sean O’Neill

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Virgin Atlantic CEO Predicts Airline’s Issue With Rolls-Royce Engines Is Almost Over

Bloomberg

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 takes off. Customers like the product, but the aircraft is less reliable than the airline would like. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Earlier this week Emirates President Tim Clark blasted two engine manufacturers for producing shoddy products. Virgin Atlantic has had more than its share of problems with Rolls-Royce engines, but the airline’s CEO said the situation is improving. Finally.

— Brian Sumers

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Air France May Play a Part Rescuing Country’s No. 2 Airline

ERIC SALARD  / Flickr

An Aigle Azur Airbus A330-200. The airline has entered bankruptcy proceedings. ERIC SALARD / Flickr

Skift Take: Slots are a valuable commodity especially at busy airports like Orly. Aigle Azur’s demise offers Air France an opportunity to increase its presence at Paris’s second largest airport but other airlines will likely be interested as well.

— Patrick Whyte

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How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

Joachim S. Müller  / Visual Hunt

Pink Beach, Komodo Island. Closing islands for a rehab seems fashionable in Southeast Asia. Photo by Joachim S. Müller on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA. Joachim S. Müller / Visual Hunt

Skift Take: Closing islands for a rehab seems fashionable in Southeast Asia. It shouldn’t be. Authorities must first assess options carefully, and by no means should premature announcements be made. Just look at the Komodo Island example and the wrong messages Indonesia has sent about one of its most unique tourism assets.

— Raini Hamdi

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