Can Luxury Hospitality Play a Key Role in Land Conservation?

The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up sits on a 3,700-acre ranch in the heart of the picturesque Blackfoot Valley in Greenough, Montana. The Resort at Paws Up

Skift Take: Outside of Africa where poaching, forestry, and resource exploitation can also threaten wildlife habitats, luxury hospitality leaders are playing a role in protecting land and creating opportunities around conservation.

— Samantha Shankman

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Trump Administration Puts ‘Birth Tourism’ in Crosshairs for Latest Visa Restrictions

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Expectant mothers may now be treated differently by U.S. consular services. Vessel the Film / Flickr

Skift Take: The Trump administration’s tightening of visa requirements continues, this time targeting one of the president’s pet hates: birthright citizenship. There’s a risk that pregnant travelers will be treated with the assumption that they’re coming to the U.S. to give birth.

— Rosie Spinks

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Boeing Plans to Restart Max Production in the Spring

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Boeing CEO David Calhoun. Calhoun said production of the 737 Max would resume in the spring. Richard Drew / Associated Press

Skift Take: Given the pressure the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators are under, we shouldn’t expect to see the Max in the sky anytime soon. Making sure the aircraft is totally safe is the priority, not Boeing’s share price.

— Patrick Whyte

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Opening Closed Doors: Can Hotels Do More to Fight Human Trafficking?

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Skift Take: Human trafficking touches every corner of the travel industry — especially hotels. And while the accommodations sector didn’t create the problem, it does have an elevated responsibility to put an end to it. The question is: How effective have the industry’s efforts been so far?

— Rosie Spinks

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United Powers Through the 737 Max Waiting Game With Strong Earnings

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United jets at the gate at Denver International Airport waiting for enthusiastic frequent flyers to board. Airbus777 / Flickr

Skift Take: As United waits for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft to eventually enter service, so, too, is its growth plan on hold following a solid fourth quarter. The good news is that its competitors are facing the same issue.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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IAG CEO Willie Walsh Blasts Failure to Reform Europe’s Airspace

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Willie Walsh speaking in 2014. The outgoing IAG CEO thinks more could be done to improve the environmental performance of aircraft. Osama Faisal / Associated Press

Skift Take: Reforming Europe’s fragmented air traffic management systems would help improve the environmental performance of aircraft. But it won’t change the fact that they spew out millions of tons of carbon dioxide every year.

— Patrick Whyte

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