‘Wave Season’ 2020 Brings More Questions From Cruisers on Environment

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Hurtigruten Cruises’ MS Fram in Cozumel Harbor, Mexico. Cruisers are choosing off-the-beaten-path destinations. Dietmar Denger / Hurtigruten Cruises

Skift Take: This year’s wave season isn’t business as usual for travel advisors. Cruisers are showing a preference for remote destinations, and they are tracking cruise lines’ sustainability records like never before.

— Maria Lenhart

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Pakistan Gets Serious About Its Tourism Pitch

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Pakistan sees tourism as a way for economic growth. Alex Reynolds / Lost With Purpose

Skift Take: Once thought of as one of the world’s most dangerous countries, Pakistan is back in the spotlight, but this time as one of 2020’s hottest travel destinations. The government — led by former cricket star Imran Khan — has an amazing opportunity to leverage this interest into economic development, but in a country prized for its natural beauty, sustainable growth must be a priority.

— Danielle Hyams

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United Airlines Halts Some U.S.-China Flights as Coronavirus Spreads

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United Airlines is temporarily dropping some U.S.-China flights due to a decrease in demand. Pictured is on of the carrier’s Boeing 777-300ERs. United Airlines

Skift Take: Coronavirus is crushing demand to China. But let’s remember the first week in February already stinks for U.S-China flights. The Lunar New Year festivals last until Feb. 8, and during this period, lucrative business traffic dissipates. If this suspension continues past Feb. 8, we’ll how bad the health crisis is hurting business.

— Brian Sumers

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How the Cloud Is Shaking Up Hotel Property Management Tech: New Skift Research

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Front desk hotel clerks serve a guest. Antonio Diaz / Adobe

Skift Take: Technological advancements have allowed for new entrants into the property management systems space to offer a viable alternative to incumbent legacy systems. Those systems might be scrambling for now, but they’ll catch up. All this can only be a good thing for the PMS and hotel tech space in the long run.

— Wouter Geerts

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