Hyatt Joins Other Big Hotel Chains by Pledging to Eliminate Small Plastic Bottles

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Hyatt Hotels plans to remove single-use plastic bottles with these larger containers in an effort to reduce waste. The larger containers are more easily recycled. Hyatt Hotels

Skift Take: Hyatt joins Marriott and IHG by promising to get rid of single-use plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion with large-format bathroom amenities. Hotels are wisely promising to do what they can to mitigate waste. Let’s see if they can make their deadlines.

— Nancy Trejos

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Expedia Tells Hotels Adding Resort Fees Will Lower Your Listings on Its Pages

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Expedia Group’s Cyril Ranque spoke about the company’s new action against hotel resort fees at the Expedia Explore ’19 partner conference in Las Vegas November 14, 2019. Expedia Group

Skift Take: Expedia Group’s stance on resort fees could have been drafted by a United Nations diplomat. Expedia doesn’t want to alienate hotels and seeks to pick up market share based on Booking Holdings’ more forceful position. But it’s hitting resort-fee-charging hotels right where it hurts — in the prominence of their listings.

— Dennis Schaal

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MGM on Hunt for Investor to Join Las Vegas Property Venture

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The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. MGM is looking for joint venture investors. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Like other hospitality companies, MGM is pivoting towards an asset-light model and has spent the last year or so preparing for an economic downturn. It should be in good shape if the worst happens.

— Patrick Whyte

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Global Regulators Aren’t Aligned in Boeing 737 Max Recertification

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Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are stored in an area adjacent to Boeing Field. Stephen Brashear / Getty Images

Skift Take: Getting the Boeing 737 Max back to the skies is one thing, but restoring flyers’ faith in regulators is another. Global cohesion would certainly help, but that seems a long way off.

— Rosie Spinks

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EasyJet Seizes on Thomas Cook’s Demise With New Packaged Vacation Offerings

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An EasyJet aircraft. The airline group is relaunching its package holiday product. Henry Burrows / Flickr

Skift Take: With Thomas Cook out of the way, there’s certainly more space in the package holiday market. People still want to buy these types of holidays and EasyJet is a well-known brand. Can it be successful where other low-cost carriers have failed?

— Patrick Whyte

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Airbus Targets Early 2030s for First Emission-Free Regional Aircraft

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An aircraft being made. Airbus is looking at ways to make more environmentally friendly jets. Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg

Skift Take: The pressure is building on manufactures to speed up the development of aircraft capable of using alternatives to jet fuel. The problem is change isn’t coming fast enough.

— Patrick Whyte

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Airlines Still Think They Can Offset Their Way Out of Climate Catastrophe

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An aircraft lands at London Heathrow. Airlines are coming up with ways to present themselves as environmentally responsible. Matt Kieffer / Flickr

Skift Take: Airlines are much more comfortable talking about mitigating climate change through incremental changes such as more efficient aircraft and carbon offsets. But these don’t alter the fundamental problem. Flying is bad for the environment and it is only going to get worse as demand keeps rising.

— Patrick Whyte

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