2019 Was the Third Safest Year Ever in the Airline Industry

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Ethiopian Airlines crash. Forensics investigators and recovery teams collect personal effects and other materials from the crash site. Jemal Countess / Getty Images via Bloomberg

Skift Take: Despite the Ethiopian Airlines crash, 2019 stands as one of the safest on record. It’s something worth remembering next time you board an aircraft.

— Patrick Whyte

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Plantation Backlash Forces Destinations in U.S. South to Rethink Marketing

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A wedding at Wachesaw Plantation in South Carolina on May 28, 2016. Plantations continue to be popular destinations for events and tourism. Ryan G. Smith / Flickr

Skift Take: Many destinations in the South lean heavily on plantations to attract events and tour groups, but the tide is slowly turning. Many people would now rather pursue truth and reconciliation instead of romanticizing the places where slavery took place.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Looming U.S. Sanctions, Regional Unrest Threaten Turkey’s Vibrant Tourism Rebound

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Tourism to destinations like Cappadocia in Turkey, known for its “fairy chimneys,” may suffer because of the realities of geopolitics. Timothy Neesam/GumshoePhotos / Visual Hunt

Skift Take: Turkey until recently was hailed as one of Europe’s most attractive travel destinations. But rising geopolitical tensions and souring relations between Washington and Ankara are now threatening the fragile sector’s growth and potential.

— Reem Abdellatif

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African Cities Invest to Boost Cruise Ship Arrivals

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The Crystal Serenity departing the port in Cape Town. Crystal Cruises

Skift Take: Overcrowding in traditional markets and a growing demand for more adventurous itineraries will help Africa attract more cruise lines to its ports. But key to any future growth is understanding that cruise ships require more than just bricks and mortar on the quayside.

— Richard Holmes

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