Travel Advisors See Advantages of Cruise Lines Expanding Scope of Private Islands

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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is a private island with a conservation focus. Conrad Schutt / MSC Cruises

Skift Take: Just as they’ve focused on building bigger and more elaborate ships, cruise lines are now seeking to outdo one another with private islands. MSC Cruises’ eco-conscious approach is commendable, but will it resonate with passengers?

— Maria Lenhart

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Less China-Dependent IHG Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Coronavirus

InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Lisbon. InterContinental Hotels Group posted an improved set of full-year results. InterContinental Hotels Group

Skift Take: IHG CEO Keith Barr seems to be taking quite a level-headed approach to the coronavirus outbreak. Unlike some in the travel industry, he’s not pressing the panic button yet and is waiting to see how things play out.

— Patrick Whyte

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Tourism and Aviation Get Extra Help in Singapore’s $4.5 Billion Coronavirus Support Package

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Traffic and colorful heritage shophouses line a street in downtown Singapore. joyt / Adobe

Skift Take: The latest stimulus packages unveiled are a strong signal from the Singapore government that it empathizes with the plight of the hard-hit tourism and aviation sectors amid the coronavirus crisis. After all, many livelihoods and the survival of businesses are at stake.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Skift Forum Europe Preview: Accor Accelerates Luxury Growth to Stay Ahead of the Pack

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An Ibis space. Accor CEO Europe Franck Gervais will speak on March 25 at Skift Forum Europe in Madrid. Accor

Skift Take: Accor’s transformation over the past few years has been remarkable, but now it’s facing a new challenge in Europe from the likes of Oyo. Can its accelerating development of upscale brands help offset growing competition in the midrange and economy sectors?

— Patrick Whyte

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What 2019 Taught Us About the U.S. Airline Industry

Delta Air Lines

A Delta Air Lines jet. Delta is investing $12 billion over the next five years to upgrade its hub airports. Delta Air Lines

Skift Take: No other country or region has an airline industry as strong as that of the U.S. What’s the secret? Have U.S. airlines cracked the perennially difficult code to airline profitability, and will it last? Skift Airline Weekly dove deep and zeroed in on trends that explain the U.S. airlines’ success.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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