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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As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

Skift Take: As meeting planners worldwide look for unique venues and programming that will wow attendees, Thailand is stepping up its meetings and incentives efforts. Big investments in infrastructure, hotels, venues, and transportation networks — not to mention top-flight food and gorgeous beaches — are already paying multi-million dollar dividends.

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MGM Settles Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit for Up to $800 Million

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Windows are broken at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, the room from where Stephen Craig Paddock fired on a nearby music festival, killing 58 and injuring hundreds on Oct. 1, 2017. John Locher / AP Photo

Skift Take: While it’s good MGM is shelling out money for its role in the mass shooting, it’s hard to forget that the company actually filed a lawsuit against some of the shooting’s survivors two years ago.

— Isaac Carey

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