An RV Road Trip Is a Family-Friendly Way to Experience New Zealand

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This Dec. 23, 2019, photo shows a hiker descending from Mt. Judah on a trail lined with yellow wildflowers near the town of Glenorchy, New Zealand. To experience New Zealand’s rugged beauty travel by camper van. Malcolm Foster / The Associated Press

Skift Take: The popularity of DIY camper van trips with inbound travelers and local kiwis alike shows no sign of slowing down. New Zealand’s South Island, with its abundance of natural beauty, long stretches of empty space, and free camp sites was basically made for road trips.

— Danielle Hyams

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Distribution Giants Jockey for Air India Biz and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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Pictured here is a plane from Air India’s fleet. Travelport, Sabre, and Amadeus spar over India’s lucrative travel market. Daniel Eledut / Unsplash

Skift Take: This week in aviation news, global distribution systems battle for struggling Air India’s business, plus Ethiopian Airlines plans to build a new $5 billion airport outside of Addis Ababa.

— Danielle Hyams

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Southwest Becomes Latest U.S. Airline to Delay Boeing 737 Max Return

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft at at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Southwest Airlines said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, that it has taken the grounded Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule until early June and is dropping more than 8% of its planned flights as a result. Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Skift Take: Many predicted that Boeing would have gotten its act together by now and that 737 Max aircraft would be safe to fly. It’s still up in the air exactly when that will be, but there is hope for the busy U.S. summer travel season.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Hipmunk Co-Founders Denied by SAP Concur in Buyback Attempt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

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Hipmunk the chipmunk sheds a tear in response to SAP Concur’s denial of his bosses’ attempt to buy back the company. Hipmunk

Skift Take: This week in digital news, Hipmunk co-founders tried — and failed — to buy back their company in an attempt to save it from getting killed off by SAP Concur. Plus China’s secondary cities are poised to become the next hot spots for events and conferences.

— Danielle Hyams

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