Selina, Backed by Former WeWork CEO, Seeks $500 Million Fund for Hosting Millennial Travelers

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A Selina co-working space in Medellin, Colombia. The startup, which provides travelers with co-working spaces and hotel-style lodging, is aiming to raise a $500 million fund to invest in buying, leasing, and converting U.S. real estate. Selina

Skift Take: Selina, which provides travelers with co-working spaces and hotel-style lodging, hopes to raise a $500 million fund to invest in U.S. real estate. If it meets its goal, it will reassure investors that it remains untarnished by WeWork’s recent bad publicity.

— Sean O’Neill

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New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online

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A room at The Westin New York Times Square, which currently charges guests a nightly destination fee in addition to the room rate. Westin Hotels & Resorts

Skift Take: This is going to be a slugfest. Some hotels view resort fees as key to business and argue that they are already transparent in how they advertise them. Consumers, states, and now federal legislators are putting great pressure on that notion. Something’s gotta give — and the status quo is not a likely winner.

— Dennis Schaal

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New Report: The Business Imperative for ‘Inclusive Hospitality’

Skift Take: Roughly one billion people around the world have special circumstances or needs that make travel more difficult than it should be. Now, leaders in the industry are calling for a more inclusive hospitality paradigm that better serves all travelers. It’s both the right thing to do and a huge business opportunity, experts said.

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Germany Targets Discount Airlines as It Plans New Airline Ticket Tax

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Discount airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet could be disproportionately affected by Germany’s proposed regulatory changes. Anna & Michal / Flickr

Skift Take: Hmmm. Has Mrs. Merkel been listening to Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr? He has been criticizing discount airlines, including Ryanair, for contributing more than their share of pollution. This German government plan would have a bigger impact on discount airlines than full-service ones, according to Bloomberg. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary can’t like that.

— Brian Sumers

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France’s Government Criticizes the Netherlands for Favoring KLM

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Representatives from the French government are upset with how The Netherlands seeks to influence Air France-KLM operations. Pictured are Air France jets. Bloomberg

Skift Take: At Skift Global Forum last month, Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith said the issues between France and the Netherlands were more of a media creation than a real thing. Recent events, however, suggest otherwise. Now, it’s France complaining it’s not getting its fair share.

— Brian Sumers

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United Airlines Adds Perks to Attract New Pilots

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United Airlines is launching an ambitious campaign to attract new pilots. Bloomberg

Skift Take: What a difference a decade makes. Not long ago, United Airlines had far more pilots than it needed. At the time, it was parking aircraft and putting pilots on furlough. Now times are good and United is on a hiring binge. But we have to ask: Could this boom-and-bust cycle repeat itself during the next recession?

— Brian Sumers

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Travel Advisors Decode Extra Cruise Fees and 13 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Travel advisors step in and help clients decide whether an all-inclusive package would be better than a budget cruise with added onboard fees. Carnival Corp.

Skift Take: This week in tourism, travel advisors highlight the extra hidden fees on a “budget” cruise and demonstrate a better bang for the buck with an all-inclusive package. Meanwhile, Indonesia implements a new membership fee as it decides to keep Komodo Island open.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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