Scandinavian Airline SAS Gets Good News — For Now — on Norwegian Route Changes

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A SAS aircraft. The airline group is warning of a tough start to its next financial year. SAS

Skift Take: While Norwegian’s decision to pull its long-haul routes out of Copenhagen and Stockholm is good news for SAS in the short term, it points to a bigger challenge in the long term.

— Patrick Whyte

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Why Oyo and Rivals May Not Be the Answer for Unchained Hotels in Asia

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Dan Lynn and Vikram Malhi, co-founders, Zuzu Hospitality Solutions, which is leading the tech movement in Asia serving smaller independent hotels. Zuzu Hospitality Solutions

Skift Take: More than ever before, small independent hotels in Asia are in need of distribution and revenue management solutions. But Oyo and other budget hotel chains aren’t necessarily the ones that will be throwing them that lifeline.

— Yixin Ng

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Rest Easy, Travel Advisors — Cruises Are Recession Resistant: World Travel Holdings Co-CEO

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Jeff Tolkin, co-chairman and CEO of World Travel Holdings, asserts that cruises will gain momentum as a revenue source for travel advisors over the next decade. Shown here is Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas in Las Palmas. El Coleccionista de Instantes Fotografía / Flickr

Skift Take: Executives at World Travel Holdings, a major cruise distributor, are confident that cruises will only grow in importance to travel advisors, pointing to consumer trends and changing demographics. Given the value cruises provide, the executives also believe they are the most recession-proof form of travel.

— Maria Lenhart

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How Cruises Will Drive Even More of Travel Advisor Sales

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Royal Caribbean ships are shown in Cozumel. Woody Hibbard / Flickr

Skift Take: World Travel Holdings has emerged as a powerhouse, particularly in the cruise sector. While strengthening its presence in other sectors, the company’s top executives say that cruises will only get stronger as a revenue source for travel advisors.

— Maria Lenhart

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How the California Wildfires Are Impacting Tourism

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California tourism must cope with a lack of affordable housing for service workers trying to live in areas ravaged by wildfires. Pictured, Pamela Harris sheds tears as she closes the doors of her Pine Mountain Deli after 10 years in business in Groveland, Calf., on October 18, 2013. Businesses in the area of Yosemite National Park took a double hit as first the Rim Fire wildfires kept visitors away followed by the federal budget shutdown of the park. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee/MCT

Skift Take: Several years of devastating wildfires have taken a toll on California tourism but have not affected overall visitor numbers. Instead, the fires have changed the way the state markets itself and made it harder for tourism employees to live in California.

— Maria Lenhart

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