Australia Looks to Diversify Beyond Chinese Travelers Under Its New Tourism Boss

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Philippa Harrison, Tourism Australia’s first female chief. Tourism Australia

Skift Take: The head of Tourism Australia has the right training, for sure, as Australia seeks to increase foreign arrivals. She was overseeing its international offices, and knows only too well that there is more competition for the global wallet.

— Raini Hamdi

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Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

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Airport Authority of Hong Kong takes up an advertisement pleading with protesters to spare the passengers. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Unless they live on another planet, most people now know that airports are the perfect places to hold demonstrations and gain maximum coverage for a cause. It’s a message that airport authorities in Asia must correct, particularly as conflicts will continue to simmer in the region.

— Raini Hamdi

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JetBlue Founder David Neeleman Considers Used Jets to Get Early Start at New U.S. Airline

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An Azul Embraer jet on the ground in Rio De Janeiro. Airline entrepreneur David Neeleman may use some ex-Azul jets for his U.S.-startup airline. David / Flickr

Skift Take: We know better than to second guess the world’s No. 1 living airline entrepreneur. But if you’re Moxy, why not just wait for shiny new Airbus A220s fresh from the factory? They’ll probably be more reliable and can fly farther than the older Embraers.

— Brian Sumers

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