China’s Huazhu Group Is Spending $802 Million on a German Hotel Group

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The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel. Parent company Deutsche Hospitality is being bought by Huazhu. Steigenberger Hotels AG

Skift Take: Deutsche Hospitality isn’t a massive player on the European hospitality scene but it has some pretty ambitious plans, ones you would assume that Huazhu would now be able to help execute.

— Patrick Whyte

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United Airlines, Explained

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

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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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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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Can a Fast-Growing Oyo Patch Up the Early Cracks?

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Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal. Cracks are starting to appear in the business model of the low-cost hotel giant as it ambitiously scales worldwide. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: It’s raining doubts on Oyo Hotels & Homes, a far cry from the awe that was poured on its founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal when he came in six years ago brandishing the simple belief that “everyone deserves a beautiful living space.” Can Oyo fix its apparent shortfalls?

— Raini Hamdi

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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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