France Will See More Travel Disruptions as Unions Protest Pension Changes

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Demonstrators light a flare while protesting during a national strike in Paris on December 5. Protesters are causing further delays. Christophe Morin / Bloomberg

Skift Take: While this will undoubtedly be an inconvenience for most travelers, the most interesting aspect is how President Emmanuel Macron deals with the protesters. Will he buckle or continue playing hardball? The latter could mean more disruption in the future.

— Patrick Whyte

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Who Loves Travel Advisors the Most? It’s Millennials, Not Boomers

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A survey of travelers found that it’s millennials — not baby boomers — who are more likely to lean on travel advisors when trip planning. Julián Gentilezza / Unsplash

Skift Take: Emerging destinations and changes in travel styles are fueling a need for human interaction in the travel planning process among younger generations. Companies would be wise not to neglect the human element instead of betting the bank on booking and personalization technology alone.

— Paul Biasco

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What’s in Store for the Hotel Sector in 2020: New Skift Research

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Our latest Skift Research report forecasts slower but still positive growth for the hotel sector. Jonathan Haeber / Flickr

Skift Take: Hotel performance in 2020 could diverge from region to region as local uncertainty makes itself felt across markets from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States, and more. Our overall outlook is for slower but still positive growth.

— Seth Borko

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Puerto Rico Aims to Boost Biz Travel With High-Tech Entertainment District

El Distrito San Juan

Shown here is an artist’s rendering of El Distrito in San Juan, Puerto Rico. El Distrito San Juan

Skift Take: El Distrito is an ambitious plan, and the island is throwing an extraordinary amount of effort toward making it a success. This is something that matters to business leaders. Hopefully, visitors will have the same enthusiasm.

— Spencer Lee

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Domestic Travel Outlook Softens in Another Worrying Sign for U.S. Travel

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Domestic travel in 2020 is set to soften, growing by 1.4 percent next year, compared to 1.7 percent in 2019, and the slowest pace in four years. Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Amid a softening forecast for domestic travel within the United States and a chaotic time in Washington, D.C., Brand USA still needs a legislative path forward — and time is running out.

— Rosie Spinks

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