No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

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Travelers walk through a security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at Salt Lake City International Airport. Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

Skift Take: The Department of Homeland security seems to have bowed to public pressure on a plan to introduce facial screening for American citizens. But it’s still using the practice on foreign visitors — something not all travelers will be happy with.

— Rosie Spinks

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Accor Sells Half of Its Stake in Huazhu as Chinese Partner Eyes Europe

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The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel: Luxury is Huazhu’s next wave. Deutsche Hospitality

Skift Take: Has Accor’s partnership with Huazhu worn out its usefulness given the Chinese hotel giant has built a strong positioning in the economy and midscale segments in China? Huazhu now wants to focus on luxury and upper upscale, along with international expansion starting in Europe.

— Raini Hamdi

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Alternatives to Oyo Surface for Independent Budget Hotels in Asia

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Shown here is a Chinatown street in Singapore: Many shophouses have been converted into budget accommodations in the neighborhoods of the destination. Fabio Achilli / Flickr

Skift Take: If Oyo isn’t the answer for budget hotels, then what is? New players such as Zuzu Hospitality Solutions are entering the Asian market, believing they are it. Whether or not that’s the case, what’s clear is that Asia’s small independent hotels can do with more choices for tech solutions.

— Raini Hamdi

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