U.S. Visa Waivers May Require Travelers to Disclose Social Media Profiles and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week


Foreign travelers may find it unwelcoming as they may be required to disclose their social media for U.S. visa waivers. Skift

Skift Take: This week in tourism, a proposed requirement for visitors to turn over their social media history to obtain a visa waiver could hurt U.S. tourism. Meanwhile as China’s outbound tourism is decreasing, India’s travelers might fill the void for destinations like Australia.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Bahamas Tourism Leaders Urge Travelers to Visit Islands Bypassed by Dorian

Ramon Espinosa  / Associated Press

A woman is overcome as she looks at her house destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in High Rock, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. The Caribbean nation will need to convince international travelers that the majority of the islands are still an attractive destination to visit. Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press

Skift Take: Not as many people as the Caribbean nation would like are privy to the fact that a large portion of the Bahamas was unaffected by Hurricane Dorian. The onus is now on the tourism-dependent country to change that.

— Danni Santana

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Marriott and Expedia’s Agreement on Wholesale Rates and 9 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Marriott and Expedia have reached an agreement, allowing the latter to access wholesale rates.

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Expedia Group becomes the first exclusive distributor of Marriott’s wholesale and promotional rates starting in mid-October. Plus, the UK has regulated travel companies like Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com, ebookers, and Trivago from pressuring consumers.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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MGM Likely to Sell Circus Circus and Other Las Vegas Resorts

David Paul Morris  / Bloomberg

The Las Vegas ‘strip’ is seen in this aerial photograph in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The Circus Circus Hotel & Casino is front center. David Paul Morris / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Circus Circus, probably worth at least $1 billion, would be easy to carve out. MGM Resorts has never included the popular Las Vegas resort in its loyalty program, for instance. But why rush to sell 100 acres on the ever-valuable Las Vegas strip?

— Sean O’Neill

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