Qatar Airways Ups Stake in British Airways Owner With $600 Million Investment

British Airways

A British Airways A350 landing in Toronto. Qatar Airways has upped its stake in parent company International Airlines Group. British Airways

Skift Take: Remember non-European Union nationals cannot own more than 49.9 percent of a European airline. So what’s Qatar Airways’ big plan for International Airlines Group?

— Patrick Whyte

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It’s Game On Again in Macau as Casinos Reopen After Coronavirus Suspension

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Macau casinos reopen for business after a two-week closure. Tyrone Siu / Reuters

Skift Take: With many livelihoods and millions in revenue at stake, gaming-dependent Macau can’t afford to keep its casinos closed for too long. A progression of reopening casinos is probably the best the city can do now to restore normalcy.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Palestinian Art Center Shines Light to Revive West Bank Tourism

Yousef Awad

An old ottoman home (pictured here) that was renovated in the old city of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestine, and is now a tourist attraction. A small ottoman flag hangs on the wall. It’s called Beit Zaman in Arabic (translates to Home of the Past in English). Yousef Awad

Skift Take: Tucked away in the lively city of Jenin in the West Bank, the Jenin Creative Cultural Center prides itself on offering the perfect blend of local art and culture to welcome visitors. But, being at the heart of the never-ending Middle East peace process, the center has faced difficulties in changing perceptions to attract tourists in a region rife with unrest.

— Reem Abdellatif

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Cruise Lines Ramp Up Investment in Private Island Experiences

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Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at Coco Cay features a mix of beach activities and theme park-style experiences. Royal Caribbean Cruises

Skift Take: Cruise ship private island experiences in the Caribbean are taking off in new directions. With everything from ecotourism and wellness to theme park activities, passengers can do a whole lot more than lie on the beach.

— Maria Lenhart

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