New Report: The Business Imperative for ‘Inclusive Hospitality’

Skift Take: Roughly one billion people around the world have special circumstances or needs that make travel more difficult than it should be. Now, leaders in the industry are calling for a more inclusive hospitality paradigm that better serves all travelers. It’s both the right thing to do and a huge business opportunity, experts said.

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Travel Advisors Step In as Cruise Fees Reach Tipping Point

Carnival Corp.

Cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello, host of the travel show Good Spirits, has a toasts with guests on board a Carnival Corp. ship. Carnival Corp.

Skift Take: The base fares advertised by many cruise lines rarely indicate the proliferation of onboard charges that can send the cost of the cruise soaring. Travel advisors are stepping in by counseling clients about the added costs and, in some cases, presenting all-inclusive cruises as a better value.

— Maria Lenhart

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Don’t Expect Boeing 737 Max to Fly Before March, Southwest Pilots Warn

Bloomberg

Southwest Airlines is that largest Boeing 737 Max operator in the U.S. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Southwest Airlines, as the largest operator of Boeing 737 Max, is taking a prudent approach to the aircraft’s return. That’s wise — customers are likely to need all the reassurance they can get when the aircraft returns to service.

— Rosie Spinks

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Argentina’s State-Run Airline Tries Evolving for a Fragile South American Market

Aerolineas Argentinas

Aerolinas Argentinas is a state-controlled airline that has had some difficulty competing with non-subsidized airlines. Pictured is one of the carrier’s Boeing 737s. Aerolineas Argentinas

Skift Take: Aerolíneas Argentinas has focused heavily on improving its efficiency and customer service in a more competitive aviation industry, but its strategy could change depending on the outcome of Argentina’s upcoming national elections.

— Kristin Majcher

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