U.S. Election Year Aside, Travel Advisor Execs Optimistic About 2020

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren on stage Saturday, Jan. 5, during her first trip to Des Moines, Iowa, after launching an exploratory committee for 2020. Travel advisor executives are cautiously optimistic that 2020 will not mirror any downturns seen in prior election years. Joe Crimmings / Flickr

Skift Take: The adage that U.S. presidential election years are bad for business may or may not hold true for 2020. Savvy travel advisors, however, may want to put extra effort into keeping clients confident and enthusiastic about upcoming travel plans.

— Maria Lenhart

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Rebounding Egypt Offers New Opportunities for Enterprising Tour Guides

Mohamed Turisi

As its tourism economy continues to rebound, Egypt presents career opportunities for enterprising young tour guides. Mohamed Turisi

Skift Take: E-commerce is unlocking new opportunities for travel and tourism gurus in Egypt and the Middle East. Local entrepreneurs are attempting to capitalize on the convenience of having an online business, but filling the gap for much-needed niche tourism services can be difficult to accomplish in a highly competitive market.

— Reem Abdellatif

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Boutique Luxury Hotels Elevate Times Square Food and Beverage Options

Nikolas Koenig

Shown here is the 701West bar, with interiors by Ian Schrager Company, at the Times Square Edition hotel in New York City. Nikolas Koenig

Skift Take: New Yorkers may scoff at the idea of heading to Midtown Manhattan for a great dining experience. With the relatively recent openings of the Times Square Edition and Aliz hotels, however, this neighborhood is gaining some seriously sophisticated — and delicious — offerings.

— Faye Chiu

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Characters at Disney World Accuse Tourists of Inappropriate Touching

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Characters at Disney World in Florida are accusing some tourists of touching them in inappropriate ways. Associated Press

Skift Take: Tourists are being accused of crossing the line at Disney World with its characters. Disney needs to be more clear to visitors on what the rules are when it comes to Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Disney Princess, and the other characters roaming the park.

— Tom Lowry

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