Philippines Cracks Down on Ultra-Premium Resort and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Banwa Private Island

View from one of the villas on Banwa Private Island. Banwa Private Island

Skift Take: This week in tourism, wildly expensive resort Banwa Private Island is under investigation by Philippine authorities, and negative press threatens to harm the Dominican Republic’s travel industry. Plus, be sure to check out our newest Skift research, where we explore the future of international travel.

— Isaac Carey

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Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia may ease restrictions on booze. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The loosening of social restrictions in Saudi Arabia has residents wondering if breaking the taboo on alcohol consumption could be next. That would surely go down well with the tourism industry and the grand Red Sea resorts the Crown Prince plans to build. Lots of international tourists and talent would drink to that.

— Raini Hamdi

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Boeing’s Formula to Compete With Airbus After 737 Max Disaster

American Airlines

American Airlines Boeing 737 Max jets sit in storage. With some airlines souring on the jet, Boeing may need to start from scratch to build a new airplane. American Airlines

Skift Take: Developing an all-new jet takes a decade and costs a fortune. And no one knows what the market will be for planes in the future. Understandably, Boeing is moving slowly. But if the company wants to keep its standing relative to Airbus, it should probably make some new technology airplanes.

— Brian Sumers

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Skift Tech Forum: Marriott’s Linnartz Sees Google as Effective Add-On to Direct Channels

Marriott

Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International’s chief commercial officer, will speak June 27 at Skift Tech Forum in San Francisco. Pictured is the Marriott logo outside its corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. Marriott

Skift Take: Attribute-based reservations may go nowhere or they could transform the way people shop for hotel rooms in coming years. Marriott’s Stephanie Linnartz believes consumers like the increased control they get when booking rooms with specific features.

— Dennis Schaal

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Budget Hotels Head for a Big Moment

Oyo Hotels & Homes

Oyo Life, Japan. Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal keeps out acquisition chatter, saying his focus is to create better living spaces. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: Whether or not Accor will acquire or invest in Oyo, the point is this sector has come a very long way and is heading toward a big moment, born from a college dropout’s entrepreneurial dream in India. The whole travel industry should welcome this.

— Raini Hamdi

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