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Qantas, Virgin Face New Challenger on Australia’s Local Routes

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Regional Express Holdings or Rex will start to go up against giant Virgin Australia and Qantas on local in-country routes. JamesDPhotography / Flickr

Skift Take: Domestic air travel is still slow in Australia, but Rex is positioning itself for the eventual return of local flyers, particularly on routes popular for leisure travel.

— Tom Lowry

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Fellow Hotel CEOs Reflect on Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson’s Legacy

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The leaders of Marriott’s biggest competitors all reflected over the last two weeks on the late Arne Sorenson’s compassion toward his own associates and biggest rivals. Marriott International

Skift Take: The CEOs of some of Marriott’s biggest rivals remembered the late Arne Sorenson as a friendly competitor with empathy and mentorship that extended well beyond his own company.

— Cameron Sperance

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5 Reasons Why Hilton Continues to Grow Its Global Footprint, Despite Covid-19 Challenges

Skift Take: As the hospitality industry pushes ahead on the road to recovery, Hilton remains optimistic about the future, supported by a resilient business model and a strong commercial engine. Continued conversion signings, new development, and extended stay brands are contributing to the expansion of its one million room portfolio.

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Marriott Establishes Leadership Center at Howard University in Memory of Late CEO Arne Sorenson

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The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation will provide $20 million to launch the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership, named for the late CEO Arne Sorenson (pictured) at Howard University. Marriott International

Skift Take: Arne Sorenson’s legacy lives through a program created with a $20 million Marriott grant that aims to create much-needed diversity in leadership in the hospitality industry.

— Cameron Sperance

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Behind Marriott’s Choice of Tony Capuano Over Stephanie Linnartz as CEO

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The pool at Turnberry Isle Resort, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in Miami, Florida, as seen on May 11, 2014. Hotel development experience was seen as a strong factor in Marriott’s selection of Tony Capuano as CEO. Thank You (20.5 millions+) / Flickr.com

Skift Take: All things being equal, there were a lot of travel industry stalwarts hoping that the world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott International, would tap a woman as CEO in a signature statement at this juncture in history.

— Dennis Schaal

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