MGM Resorts to Sell Las Vegas Strip Properties MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay

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MGM Resorts International has agreed to sell the Mandalay Bay casino resort along with the MGM Grand, both in Las Vegas, to a joint venture including Blackstone. Bridget Bennett / Bloomberg

Skift Take: MGM Resorts has agreed to sell two of its most notable Las Vegas properties, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay, to a joint venture including real estate giant Blackstone. The company is going asset light following its sale of the Bellagio last year.

— Nancy Trejos

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Instagram and Google Maps Contribute to Hawaii Tourists Behaving Badly

Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

Visitor behavior in Hawaii is at times threatening its fragile ecosystem. Pictured is Kauai’s Napali coast. Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

Skift Take: Hawaii, with its isolated location, fragile ecosystem and deep-rooted local culture, faces even more problems with overtourism than most popular destinations do. Tourism marketers are looking at ways to manage the situation, but it’s a huge challenge.

— Maria Lenhart

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Oyo Axes Staff and Pares Back Ambitions: Where Does It Go From Here?

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Garbage cans in front of the Oyo Hotel AirTrain Plaza — JFK Airport. Dennis Schaal / Skift

Skift Take: Those unbelievable expansion numbers that Ritesh Agarwal used to rattle off? We won’t be hearing them again in 2020. The Oyo founder is forced to think of business sustainability. Let’s see if he’s adept at it.

— Raini Hamdi

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Carbon Footprint Impact Extends Way Beyond Flights Across All of a Vacation: New Study

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Vegan food. Is a plant-based menu the way forward for hotels? Ella Olsson / Flickr

Skift Take: It’s a very small sample size at a very small travel company, but this study points to a possible way forward for the travel industry. If consumers can get a better idea of the environmental impact of their vacations, they can then make more informed decisions.

— Patrick Whyte

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