Wyndham’s Southeast Asia Push and 13 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is continuing to expand its brand overseas. Wyndham Hotel Group

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has been seeing vast growth in its Southeast Asian market. Meanwhile, small short-term luxury rentals aim to separate themselves from the bigger names to stay in the game.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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The Historic Ritz London Could Sell for $1 Billion

The Ritz London

Afternoon tea at the Palm Court, pictured here, is legendary. Owners of The Ritz London have started the process of selling the landmark hotel. The deal could fetch as much as $1 billion. The Ritz London

Skift Take: London’s super-prime hotels don’t go on the market very often. The Ritz London could be the next one as its owners hire a team to pursue a deal. Only a small group of wealthy investors will get a chance to bid on it, but luxury hotel groups could swoop in to nab the storied hotel.

— Nancy Trejos

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British Airways Owner IAG Makes Offer for Spanish Airline Air Europa

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An Air Europa Boeing 737-800. IAG is buying the airline. Olivier CABARET / Flickr

Skift Take: It’s easier to understand IAG CEO Willie Walsh’s sanguine tone on last week’s earnings call given he clearly had this deal in the pipeline. If it goes through — and it’s still a big if given the competition concerns — it will ease the pain of Delta’s recent Latam deal.

— Patrick Whyte

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United Airlines, Explained

United Airlines

United Airlines has been in operation for over nine decades and will fly to six continents at the end of 2019. Pictured is a United 737 taxiing at its Houston hub. United Airlines

Skift Take: United Airlines has been around a long time and has a huge globe-spanning presence. How did it get to where it is today? We try to wrap our heads around the company’s somewhat complicated history.

— Spencer Lee

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U.S. Airlines Revamp Credit Cards to Keep Pace With Competition

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Passengers wait in a security line in 2016 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Some credit cards make it easier for passengers to access priority security queues. Scott Olson / Getty Images

Skift Take: Customers once coveted airline credit cards for their rich rewards. But banks have created other travel-oriented cards that reward them even more. Working with the banks that issue their cards, airlines are improving their offerings so they stay relevant.

— Brian Sumers

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Airlines Put on a Green Front and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

KLM Airline

KLM Airline unveiled its environmentally friendly Fly Responsibly campaign this summer. More airlines are trying to project a greener image to travelers. KLM Airline

Skift Take: This week in aviation, airline executives spin their businesses as environmentally sustainable in an age when travelers are becoming more conscious of pollution. Meanwhile, we take a look at airlines’ struggle to sell travel-related products.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

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A render depicting Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside plan. https://medium.com/sidewalk-toronto/aging-and-thriving-in-place-2d7679066c80 / Sidewalk Labs

Skift Take: By pushing back against Sidewalk Labs, the city of Toronto has shown that the future of the smart city will be forged by compromise and collaboration with local authorities.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Cruising Pollution Regulation Concerns and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Protesters in Miami in opposition to Carnival Corp. New rules to reduce the amount of pollution in the ocean are set to be put into effect on Jan. 1. Lynn Sladky / The Associated Press

Skift Take: This week in tourism, the cruise industry faces a new rule to cut sulfur emissions by 85 percent that is set to launch in January. But will it be enforceable? Meanwhile, Airbnb’s latest investment suggests the company will become more mainstream over time.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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