Hong Kong’s New Tourism Chief Rolls Up Sleeves to Tackle Huge Challenges

Photo credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Dane Cheng, executive director, Hong Kong Tourism Board. Photo credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Skift Take: It takes a brave man to lead Hong Kong’s battered tourism industry. After a few months’ search, the tourism board found him. Bravo Dane Cheng for taking on the challenge. But now the hard work begins.

— Raini Hamdi

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Host Travel Agencies Step Up to Train Wave of Newcomers

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Travelport’s Claire Osborne (left) with Meon Valley Travel’s Kelly Doherty making the first New Distribution Capability booking at the agency’s offices in Leicester, UK, in October 2018. Training is key for new travel agents, as well as veterans. Travelport

Skift Take: A surge of newcomers are setting up shop as travel advisors — with some of them unprepared for the realities of the job. Host agencies and consortiums are ramping up efforts to give them the education they need.

— Maria Lenhart

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Why Wizz Air Has No Plans to Try Low-Cost, Long-Haul Anytime Soon

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A Wizz Air aircraft. The airline has no plans to go long-haul — at least not yet. Wizz Air

Skift Take: Wizz Air is probably right to steer clear of trying its hand at long-haul flights, at least for the moment. CEO József Váradi’s assessment seems correct — the industry is still waiting for the right aircraft to come along.

— Patrick Whyte

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Marriott CEO Sorenson Offers Update on Cancer Treatment

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Marriott CEO Arne Sorensen, seen here two years ago at the World Travel & Tourism Council gathering, said he was optimistic about his cancer prognosis. World Travel & Tourism Council / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Marriott keeps growing despite a drop in earnings this quarter. CEO Arne Sorenson is optimistic, even as he prepares for surgery to treat his pancreatic cancer. Sorenson isn’t missing his morning workouts, and said he would be healthy for the next earnings call in 2020.

— Nancy Trejos

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