Death of Philippine Airlines Parent’s President Casts Doubt Over Succession

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Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-214. Lasta29, Flickr

Skift Take: The sudden death of Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., 54, raises new questions over the leadership of Philippine Airlines. Meanwhile, the Philippine aviation industry has also lost another tycoon. John Gokongwei Jr, who built up low-cost carrier Cebu Air. Gokongwei, 93, died on Saturday.

— Raini Hamdi

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Oyo CEO Claims Backer SoftBank Isn’t Trying to Sway Its Hotel Strategy

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OYO 143 The K9 Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. CEO Ritesh Agarwal said the company’s business plan remains on course. Oyo Hotels and Homes

Skift Take: WeWork’s implosion is putting pressure on all of SoftBank’s investments, Oyo included. If it is not changing course already, the budget hotel chain may soon have to decide whether, as CEO Ritesh Agarwal puts it, to grow fast or grow right.

— Dennis Schaal

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Poland Joins U.S. Visa Waiver Program and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Polish and Polish-themed items being sold at the Lagrange Street Polish Festival in Toledo, Ohio. Elevatorrailfan / Wikimedia Commons

Skift Take: This week in tourism, Polish nationals will soon be able to apply for extended U.S. visits as Poland joins the American visa waiver program. Meanwhile, a tour operator is trying to simplify travel to Cuba as the Trump administration continues adding restrictions.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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