Rosewood Hotel CEO Demands ‘Sense of Place’ in Each Property

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Rosewood Hotel Group CEO Sonia Cheng (left) speaking with Skift Asia Editor Raini Hamdi at Skift Forum Asia on May 27, 2019. Cheng Richard Lai / Skift

Skift Take: An ambitious expansion strategy won’t stop Rosewood from tailoring each of its 21 planned properties to the cities they’re in. CEO Sonia Cheng says localization is a critical differentiator for Rosewood. Cheng talked about bringing a sense of place each of Rosewood properties.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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United President Warns New Low-Cost Carriers Can’t Control Their Business Model


United Airlines President Scott Kirby (left) spoke with Skift Editor in Chief Tom Lowry at Skift Forum Asia in Singapore May 27. Kirby vows to take on low cost carriers in a more aggressive way. Skift

Skift Take: Network airlines have long sought to drive out low-cost carriers by matching fares in certain markets. But now, equipped with basic economy fares and other options, United Airlines’ Kirby vows to match the fares of new entrants in a much more rigorous way.

— Dennis Schaal

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The Pain of Mexico’s Tourism Board Demise and 4 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios atop the Great Pyramid of Cholula (Tlachihualtepetl) in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. The demise of the country’s tourism board has widespread ramifications. Katie Schumm / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, some destinations in Mexico see a decline in visitors; South Africa hopes Muslim travelers will contribute to a strong winter season; and Fosun’s CEO discusses its new resort strategy.

— Isaac Carey

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Botswana Tries to Appease Both Sightseers and Elephant Hunters

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Tourists view an elephant while boating on the Chobe River in Botswana Chobe National Park. Photo safaris are becoming more popular, but a return to elephant hunting might hurt the trend’s momentum. Chris Jek / AFP/Bloomberg

Skift Take: Despite lifting a ban on hunting elephants, Botswana says the animals won’t be killed in areas popular with photographers. However, the country risks harming its tourism industry and conservation efforts with the move.

— Sean O’Neill

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