Dear Mr. President — Your Policies Could Make or Break the Travel Industry

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The White House South Lawn in September 17, 2012. Presidential policies could make or break the U.S. travel industry and the wider economy. Prayitno / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Presidential policies and tone can go a long way toward making or breaking the U.S. travel industry. The president has to balance the industries of all parts of the economy and of citizens, but pumping up the travel industry because of its vast economic impact would go a long way toward wider economic recovery.

— Dennis Schaal

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Kansas City is Ready to Welcome Meeting Planners Back When the Time is Right

Skift Take: After implementing numerous health and safety protocols, Kansas City is ready to welcome meeting planners back to experience the city’s growing number of new and renovated hotels, which promise to connect business travelers with the city’s convention infrastructure and cultural offerings in exciting new ways.

— Visit KC

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No U.S. Cruises for the Rest of 2020

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CLIA confirms cruise lines will not be operating for the rest of 2020. taminator / Flickr

Skift Take: Cruise lines are suspending U.S. operations through Dec. 31 — but it will likely take a while longer, as ships must first meet the CDC’s new conditional sailing requirements, including simulated voyages proving low Covid risk and crew protection measures.

— Lebawit Lily Girma

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How the Pandemic Made This Investment Firm a Leading U.S. Hotel Player Overnight

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Highgate, owner of properties like the Newbury Boston (pictured), is rapidly becoming one of the largest U.S. hotel owners through pandemic investment opportunities. Highgate

Skift Take: Highgate’s mega-hotel portfolio acquisition makes it a top national hotel landlord, and it is likely just the beginning of further pandemic investment opportunities across the entire hospitality industry.

— Cameron Sperance

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