Hong Kong Tourism Board Scraps Traditional New Year’s Eve Celebrations

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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January 1, 2019. AFP via Getty Images

Skift Take: Celebrations will be more subdued than normal in Hong Kong this New Year’s Eve, a fitting, if unfortunate, end to a year that has seen the tourism and retail sectors take a beating.

— Rosie Spinks

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Developers Open New Hotels in Hong Kong Despite Plunge in Revenue

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K11 Artus Specialty Suite features a private fully-furnished sundeck offering spectacular views of the Hong Kong skyline. New World Development Company

Skift Take: Two of the city’s wealthiest families have just opened a new hotel even though protests have severely crimped revenues. This follows an earlier hotel opening. Is the show of confidence enough to keep the spirits up this Christmas?

— Raini Hamdi

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U.S. Hotel Expansion Threatened by Construction Worker Shortages

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Hotels are facing a shortage of construction workers, Prefabrication and modular construction is one way hotel companies are trying to redistribute labor during the construction worker shortage. Carl Campbell / Flickr

Skift Take: U.S. hotel companies are facing a shortage of construction workers just as they are building new brands and properties. The result: delayed projects and higher costs. The industry will have to get more aggressive to recruit workers if it plans to keep the momentum going on its expansion plans.

— Nancy Trejos

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Explained

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Wyndham Guayaquil in Ecuador. The Wyndham Hotel Group is working on expanding in its overseas market. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Skift Take: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is a fairly new company, but it has a complicated spin-off history from a much larger corporation. Here we explain the hospitality company’s beginnings and its distinction from Wyndham Worldwide.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Music Tourism Is a Mixed Score for Travel Advisors

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This April 13, 2012 photo shows festivalgoers running toward the main stage to catch the beginning of Kendrick Lamar’s set during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Music is playing an increasing role in travel plans. Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Skift Take: Music tourism, much like adventure or wellness travel, is a fast-growing niche worthy of travel advisors’ attention. Not only does it appeal to all age groups, but clients will appreciate help in obtaining tickets and making travel arrangements built around events.

— Maria Lenhart

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How Tiny Sun Country Struck an Unlikely Deal With Amazon to Transport Packages

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An Amazon Air Boeing 737 on display at the Paris Air Show earlier this year. Matti Blume / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Sun Country is America’s smallest airline that operates big jets, like Boeing 737s. It competes in a scale business, so it is always at a disadvantage. The good news is that management has been prioritizing innovation.

— Brian Sumers

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