Indonesia’s Komodo Island Will Stay Open But New Fee Could Be as High $1,000

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A Komodo dragon: We’re open. But not really open open. Heather Smithers, Flickr.

Skift Take: So the good news is Komodo Island won’t be closed. The bad news is a “membership” fee maybe be as high as $1,000 will be introduced. Indonesian authorities never cease to goof up on one of its most important tourism attractions.

— Raini Hamdi

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Who Is Next on the Flight-Shaming Agenda?

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As flight-shaming spreads, will airline passengers prefer to remain incognito? Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

Skift Take: Greta Thunberg’s climate activism is a thing of beauty. The fact that a teenager from the small country of Sweden can have such a powerful impact on world opinion is inspiring. But another Swedish environmental sensation, known as flygskam (flight shaming), might need a bit of tinkering.

— Laura Powell

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Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

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A guest wears a Carnival Corp. Ocean Medallion wristband. Travel advisors and their customers have to grapple with a bevy of cruise fees that are added to the fare. Carnival Corp.

Skift Take: The low base fares promoted by some budget and mid-level cruise lines rarely indicate what the actual cost of a sailing will be. Travel advisors are stepping in to advise clients about onboard charges and, in some cases, showing that a higher-end cruise with all-inclusive pricing is actually a better value.

— Maria Lenhart

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TripAdvisor to End Ticket Sales to Attractions Featuring Captive Marine Mammals


TripAdvisor’s updated animal welfare policy will end sales of tickets to venues that feature captive whales and dolphins. Skift

Skift Take: With its new policy, TripAdvisor is making a clear statement about the use of marine animals for entertainment. Will it be setting a trend for others to follow? Even more interesting will be seeing how companies like SeaWorld react.

— Spencer Lee

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New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online

Westin Hotels & Resorts

A room at The Westin New York Times Square, which currently charges guests a nightly destination fee in addition to the room rate. Westin Hotels & Resorts

Skift Take: This is going to be a slugfest. Some hotels view resort fees as key to business, and argue that they are already transparent in how they advertise them. Consumers, states, and now federal legislators are putting great pressure on that notion. Something’s gotta give — and the status quo is not a likely winner.

— Dennis Schaal

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