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If Travel Agencies Can Survive in Singapore, Why Not Elsewhere?

Raini Hamdi

Singapore riverside: The country’s travel agencies fighting hard to stand tall. Raini Hamdi

Skift Take: Anyone who says Covid-19 will finally do what the internet hasn’t quite done — that is, sunset the travel agency — is speaking too soon. Singapore, where logically agents are least needed, isn’t seeing massive closures so far, thanks to a government that recognizes their expertise, rather than a bot’s.

— Raini Hamdi

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Is It Right to Promote Holiday Travel Amid a Second Covid Surge?

Coastal Mississippi

Coastal Mississippi, a primarily drive market, anticipates a solid Thanksgiving visitor turnout next week. Coastal Mississippi

Skift Take: There’s no telling how many of the projected 50 million Americans traveling for Thanksgiving will ditch their plans as the CDC and states sound the alarm. In the travel industry, the messages go from “stay home, buy local” to “book now for 2021” or “if you’re visiting, be safe,” as destinations and companies continue to balance their need for revenue against public health.

— Lebawit Lily Girma

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Scooter Rental Company Lime Sees First Profits Amid Growing Demand for Short-Range Travel

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Lime’s first-ever profitable quarter has the company on track for a fully profitable 2021, company leaders say. Baldesteinemanuel326 / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Scooter, bike, and car-sharing platform Lime’s profitability shows there is a market for sustainable, short-distance travel. Watch for even more competitors to enter this sector.

— Cameron Sperance

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5 Key Takeaways From Skift Aviation Forum

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An American Airlines jet at the gate at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Trey Ratcliff / Visual Hunt

Skift Take: The airline industry may be hobbled now, but industry leaders at the Skift Aviation Forum saw some hope. Much, of course, depends on the trajectory of the pandemic and the efficacy of vaccines. But the glory days aren’t returning any time soon.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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