Hotel Development Plans in Washington, D.C. Hit a Supply-and-Demand Snag

Conrad Washington, D.C.

The Conrad Washington, D.C. opened in March 2019 in the CityCenterDC luxury retail and dining complex. It is the first Conrad, a Hilton brand, in the nation’s capital. Conrad Washington, D.C.

Skift Take: More people are visiting the U.S. capital but occupancy rates and revenue-per-room have not budged much. Chalk it up to an old-fashioned economics problem of supply and demand, but that’s not stopping developers from building more hotels.

— Nancy Trejos

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Intrepid Partners With Ctrip to Popularize Green Trips in China

Intrepid Group

An Intrepid Travel group in Nepal. Intrepid Group

Skift Take: Both partners seek growth when the home markets aren’t expanding as much as before. Intrepid needs Ctrip’s user base of 300 million while Ctrip needs Intrepid’s kind of journeys. But doubtful if sustainable travel will instantly be the norm in China. It’s a start.

— Raini Hamdi

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Airlines Reroute Flights Amid Middle East Risks

Rick Rycroft  / The Associated Press

Qantas: Altering its London to Perth routes. Rick Rycroft / The Associated Press

Skift Take: Without a doubt, this crisis is another thing for travel and tourism to worry about, barely two weeks into 2020. Its impact has started with airlines altering routes to avoid Iranian airspace, which means longer flights for passengers and higher costs for carriers. And those are just small concerns.

— Raini Hamdi

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Travel Advisors Face Challenges as Food Tourism Matures

Mark Humphrey  / Associated Press

In this Sept. 28, 2013, photo, people purchase food at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Travel advisors face the challenge of coming up with new foodie destinations. Mark Humphrey / Associated Press

Skift Take: The appetite for culinary tourism is growing, sparking demand for experiences beyond cooking classes and dining in Michelin-starred restaurants. Travel advisors and tour operators need to seek out new and inventive ways to satisfy what clients crave.

— Maria Lenhart

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Boeing Changes Position on 737 Max Simulator Training for Pilots

Ted S. Warren  / Associated Press

Boeing has softened its stance on 737 Max training standards for pilots. Pictured is a United Airlines 737 Max 9. Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Skift Take: Boeing removed its CEO last year. Now the company has softened its stance on Boeing 737 Max simulator training for pilots. Is this a one-off change? Or could Boeing alter its position on other Max-related matters?

— Brian Sumers

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