Skift Announces New Asia Editor

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Buddhist temple Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Skift announced on Tuesday its new Bangkok-based Asia Editor Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, who starts Jan. 28, 2020. Miki Studio / Adobe

Skift Take: Skift is making some changes, building upon our outstanding coverage of Asia. Xinyi Liang-Pholsena will become our new Asia Editor. Please keep an eye out for that byline. You won’t be disappointed.

— Tom Lowry

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‘Skip-Gen’ Vacations Are a New Family Travel Offshoot for Travel Advisors

Austin Adventures

Grandparents are increasingly planning vacation with their grandkids. This gives them time to bond while the childrens’ parents stay home. Austin Adventures clients traveling through Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park. Austin Adventures

Skift Take: “Skip-gen” travel involving grandparents and grandchildren is an important market for travel advisors to pay attention to. Not only are grandparents more active these days, many see travel as a rare bonding opportunity with grandchildren.

— Maria Lenhart

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EasyJet Finds More Ways to Capitalize on Collapse of Thomas Cook

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An EasyJet A320. The airline reported an encouraging start to its financial year. Frankfurt Aviation Photography Follow / Flickr

Skift Take: Thomas Cook’s departure from a number of European markets will help propel EasyJet forward for most of 2020. At the moment, it remains cautious on capacity growth. But given the good start, the airline might it be tempted to change tack?

— Patrick Whyte

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Coronavirus Threatens to Spread During the Lunar New Year Travel Rush

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Passengers at Hong Kong International Airport are monitored. Andy Wong / AP Photo

Skift Take: As a busy travel period in Asia kicks off, there are fears that the coronavirus could result in a repeat of the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s — or worse. Fortunately, it looks like the Chinese government is responding with more urgency this time.

— Rosie Spinks

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Ace Hotel Boutique Chain Consolidates Ownership After Years of Turmoil

Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel has consolidated its ownership. This is the lobby of the Ace Hotel New York.

Ace Hotel

Skift Take: Ace Hotel has finalized the consolidation of its ownership after years of disputes with the estate of late co-founder Alex Calderwood. Now that that’s been settled, what will the boutique hotel chain concentrate on next?

— Nancy Trejos

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