Mexico Tourism Marketing Gap Leads Ex-Board Staffers to Launch New Company

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Four members of the closed Los Angeles office of the Mexico Tourism Board (from left, Victor Trujillo, Jorge Gamboa, Gabriel Juarez, Alejandro Marin) have formed a new marketing company to promote destinations in Mexico to the western U.S. Studio Jungla

Skift Take: The true results of the Mexican government’s dismantling of its tourism board likely won’t be known for years, but former staffers in the Los Angeles office have formed a new marketing company they hope will fill in the gap. Keep an eye on neighboring tropical destinations which are looking to swoop in on the opportunity gap.

— Paul Biasco

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Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Edition Hotels

The opening of The Edition Barcelona combined the brand’s signature style with a distinctly Catalan crowd. Making a big splash is key for some hotel brands. Edition Hotels

Skift Take: To paraphrase Pink, when a luxury lifestyle hotel is coming up (and out), it’s time to get the party started. Boutique brands are discovering that creating splashy grand openings is a way to build buzz while creating community connections. Expect more investment in these one-time celebrations.

— Samantha Shankman

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China’s Crackdown on Cathay Raises Questions on Air China’s Next Move

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Air China plane seen at Beijing International Airport. The carrier owns 30 percent of Cathay Pacific. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Skift Take: Should Air China, which owns 30 percent of Cathay, buy more of the Hong Kong-based airline and become an even stronger China insider at the carrier? Or should it sell and wash its hands of a company that has incurred the wrath of the mainland? The latter sounds highly unlikely.

— Raini Hamdi

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