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Minor International Will Get New Group CEO as Founder Bill Heinecke Plans Succession

Minor Hotels

Dillip Rajakarier, soon-to-be group CEO of Minor International, while retaining his role as CEO of Minor Hotels. Minor Hotels

Skift Take: Dillip Rajakarier’s biggest achievement is lasting a dozen years with the hugely driven Bill Heinecke, who was once known for short-lived CEOs. Rajakarier earned his stripes well, but if you think Heinecke is retiring — forget it.

— Raini Hamdi

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What Destination Marketers Can Learn from Airbnb’s China Strategy

Airbnb

In the rural village of Jinjiang, Airbnb and the Guilin Municipal Government Tourism Development Committee partnered on a one-year project that recruited globally renowned designers to redesign local, traditional stilt-style homes as functional homestays. Airbnb

Skift Take: China is on track to be Airbnb’s top origin market in 2020. Destination marketing organizations targeting Chinese travelers can gain insights from the homesharing giant’s take-charge strategy, which is key for staying power in this fiercely competitive sector.

— Faye Chiu

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Qatar Airways and IndiGo to Work Together Strategically

Dhiraj Singh  / Bloomberg

An IndiGo, a unit of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., aircraft takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Jul. 10, 2017. Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Qatar Airways has been unable to launch its own Indian arm so it’s expected to announce this week a strategic cooperation agreement with IndiGo to drive more traffic to and from India. IndiGo keeps growing by leaps and bounds.

— Sean O’Neill

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Travel Advisor Newbies Benefit From Expanding Array of Training Options

Matt Writtle

The opening of the new Thomson store at Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent, England in 2013. New entrants to the travel agent field have an abundance of training options.
Matt Writtle

Skift Take: With an influx of newcomers seeking careers as travel advisors, host agencies and consortiums are responding with new professional development options. Much of it emphasizes business skills, giving a reality check to those who view a travel career as an easy endeavor with lots of perks.

— Maria Lenhart

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What Luxe Hospitality Can Learn About Engaging the Senses From a Live-Fire Chef

Belmond

Pictured are antelope at dawn at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana. Belmond partners with Leica to host First Light nature walks. Hospitality brands can create luxury experiences for guests with offerings that deeply engage the five senses. Belmond

Skift Take: The state of luxury is evolving and morphing. And the commonality of those who are forging resonant experiences is that they are looking outside of some of the tried-and-true formulas, mining heightened sensory territories that evoke something deeper in guests.

— Colin Nagy

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