Beijing Daxing Airport Is a Giant Showcase for Public Art

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The atrium of Beijing Daxing International Airport, which was the site of its opening ceremony led by President Xi Jinping. N509FZ / Wikimedia Commons

Skift Take: Who needs the museum? Visitors are flocking to Beijing’s new airport, a gigantic wonderland filled with Chinese art both contemporary and traditional. Like Singapore Changi Airport, it has instantly become a destination in and of itself.

— Faye Chiu

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Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

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Red Sea waters off the town of Umluj in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia introduced a tourist visa Sept. 28 that will help expand its Muslim travel market.
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Skift Take: Since Saudi Arabia introduced a new tourist visa on Sept. 28, the focus has been on what it means for non-Muslim leisure travelers. But the new visa holds a bigger significance for the huge Muslim travel market in Asia and elsewhere.

— Raini Hamdi

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Hot Springs as Wellness Destination Takes Hold in U.S.

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The pool at Ouray Hot Springs in Ouray, Colorado. In the U.S., travelers have traditionally viewed hot springs as a recreational activity, but that’s changing as the industry starts to professionalize and boost its wellness roots. Ouray Chamber Resort Association

Skift Take: This week in wellness news, the hot springs movement gains traction in the U.S. Meanwhile, mental health apps aim to address the rising tide of anxiety in the U.S. Admirable, yes, but it’s debatable whether apps that gamify the quest toward beating anxiety can really catch on.

— Leslie Barrie

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