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Hong Kong’s Worst-Case Scenario and 10 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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A Hong Kong street market on October 28, 2016. Hong Kong is dealing with ongoing protests that are disrupting the travel industry. Bertwood Photography / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, we had our eye on Asia. Hong Kong’s intense protests continue disrupting the travel industry, but that’s just one major conflict. We have more on the strained relationships between South Korea and Japan, and China and Taiwan.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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United’s New Drinking Policy and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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United aircraft at Chicago O’Hare. The carrier is tightening its rules on pilots’ alcohol consumption. United Airlines

Skift Take: This week in aviation, United cracks down on pilots’ alcohol consumption, Cathay sees complications from the Hong Kong protests, and we take a close look at competition in the European short-haul market.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair Aims to Cope With Likely Strikes During Peak Season

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A Ryanair Holdings Plc aircraft at Dublin Airport. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Ryanair expects minimal cancellations if pilots in Britain and Ireland go ahead with a strike as planned. But anticipated moves in the next few weeks promise many labor actions. Ryanair passengers should keep an eye on their flight statuses.

— Sean O’Neill

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Kenya Tourism Shows Its Resilience After January’s Nairobi Attack

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The Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi Upper Hill. Downtown Nairobi is beginning to recover from a terrorist attack that killed 21. Visual Hunt

Skift Take: Kenya has felt little long-term impact from the terrorist attacks that shook the city’s dusitD2 Nairobi hotel in January. That’s good news for the city’s hoteliers and the country’s all-important tourism industry. Are travelers simply becoming immune to the threat of terror?

— Richard Holmes

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The Standard Hotels to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

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Shown here is The Standard, High Line hotel in New York City. The chain’s parent company is set to launch a new tech initiative in October. Skift

Skift Take: It’s a bit odd that the company that just spun off one tech venture is launching another. But crowdsourcing the booking process, if you will, is a smart strategy to make guests feel involved in the business.

— Danni Santana

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