Wizz Air Challenges Ryanair With Simplicity and 4 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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Wizz Air is keeping things simple as competitor Ryanair introduces a new group structure. Alec Wilson / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, competition is fierce between Wizz Air and Ryanair as both companies aim to be the ultra-low-cost airline of record in Europe. Meanwhile, AirAsia Group is beginning its transformation to become an e-commerce company.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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IHG Direct Bookings Tech Play and 11 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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A guest room at the Intercontinental Hong Kong. IHG is implementing a new tech strategy to boost online revenue. IHG

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, IHG is taking a tougher approach with online agencies by using new technologies to gain traction for its mobile app and website. Meanwhile, more traditional hotel brands are introducing communal lodging for its guests.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Thailand’s Visitor Decline and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Prices for Thai beach resorts like Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort have been on the rise. Kasikorn Research Center expects the European market to decline. Premier Holidays

Skift Take: This week in tourism, Thailand faces a reckoning as high-spending European inbound travelers drop off. Meanwhile, we take a look at just how much clout travel advisors have in shaping responsible travel.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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South African Government Will Take Tough Approach Over Struggling Flag Carrier

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A South African Airways aircraft. The carrier has struggled for a long time. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

Skift Take: Sounds like the government intends to play hardball with South African Airways. Given the carrier’s financial struggles and current labor unrest, a turnaround seems pretty remote at the moment.

— Patrick Whyte

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A Drop in European Visitors to Thailand Is a Wake-Up Call

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View of Pattaya beach from Amari Pattaya. Raini Hamdi, Skift

Skift Take: While it focuses on arresting a drop in Chinese arrivals, Thailand should spend equal or more time assessing why European arrivals are declining. It’s the higher spending market. The reasons are different, and it’s time for Thailand to look internally rather than blame external factors like Brexit, baht, and a trade war for Europe’s shrinkage.

— Raini Hamdi

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