Hyatt Joins Other Big Hotel Chains by Pledging to Eliminate Small Plastic Bottles

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Hyatt Hotels plans to remove single-use plastic bottles with these larger containers in an effort to reduce waste. The larger containers are more easily recycled. Hyatt Hotels

Skift Take: Hyatt joins Marriott and IHG by promising to get rid of single-use plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion with large-format bathroom amenities. Hotels are wisely promising to do what they can to mitigate waste. Let’s see if they can make their deadlines.

— Nancy Trejos

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The Often Overlooked Role Travel Advisors Play in the Path to Responsible Tourism

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Travel advisors should steer their customers away from overtouristed destinations, such as this busy street in Venice, Italy, as shown in 2016. Davide Gabino / Flickr.com

Skift Take: While it’s more obvious that hotels, airlines, and cruise lines have a big impact on sustainable tourism, travel advisors wield influence too. How they guide clients in the choices they make has ramifications for the health of the travel industry, as well as for the planet.

— Maria Lenhart

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Hostel or Not? Shared Rooms Pop Up in Traditional Hotels

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Element Hotels, a Marriott International brand, has created Studio Commons, four private guest rooms with a shared kitchen and living room. This is the Element Scottsdale and Skysong. Marriott International

Skift Take: Lobbies are no longer the only spaces hotel guests can share. Now some hotels are offering travelers the choice of sharing guest rooms. But will the shared spaces be enough to lure millennial travelers away from the likes of Airbnb?

— Nancy Trejos

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South African Airways May Fire a Fifth of Its Employees in Restructuring

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South African Airways aircraft on the tarmac at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. JBS / Flickr

Skift Take: Nearly 1,000 people might be losing their jobs as the airline tries to slow its ongoing losses. Hopefully the company doesn’t meet the same fate as Jet Airways, the Indian airline that was grounded earlier this year after racking up over $1 billion in debt.

— Isaac Carey

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