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Chinese Airlines Hope a Cut in Levies Will Boost Profits

Qilai Shen  / Bloomberg

Air China plane seen at Beijing International Airport. Chinese airline shares surged after the government announced plans to slash infrastructure levies charged to the companies.
Qilai Shen / Bloomberg

Skift Take: China’s top three carriers are set for a total savings of $500 million (3.74 billion yuan) after July 1, when the government will slash in half the airlines’ mandatory contributions to a civil aviation investment fund. The country is determined to smooth out a recent downshift in its economic growth.

— Sean O’Neill

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Travel Advisors Are Selling Trips as a Kind of Therapy

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Bicyclists are shown in Copenhagen in this photo from 2018. The city in Denmark is a place some travel pros recommend for clients seeking to learn more about work-life balance. Kristoffer Trolle / Flickr

Skift Take: Transformative travel has been a buzzword for a while, and these companies are finding a way to put the concept into practice. Actual therapy should be left to professionals, but there’s no denying travelers can find a helpful fresh perspective through their journeys.

— Hannah Sampson

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Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

Stephen M. Keller  / Southwest Airlines

Hawaii Gov. David Ige greets the Southwest Airlines inaugural flight to Hawaii March 17, 2019 after it lands in Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: As Southwest Airlines ramps up its highly anticipated Hawaii service, fares from the mainland and between the islands are expected to become more competitive and encourage more tourism. The question is whether Hawaii’s infrastructure, which is already impacted by high room rates and occupancies, can handle it.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Serving LGBTQ Travelers Must Know All the Nuances

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Members of San Diego, California’s LGBT community and supporters celebrated decisions by the U.S Supreme Court seen as victories for gay marriage rights in 2013. David Poller / Zumba Press/Corbis

Skift Take: Travel advisors serving the LGBTQ community need to be familiar with norms and laws affecting their clients in destinations around the globe. That doesn’t mean banning every unfriendly destination, but does require knowing how to deal with them.

— Paul Biasco

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Travel Advisors With LGBTQ Clients Need to Know Local Norms

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Jose Guerrero, left, and Patrick Rodriguez chat before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, California on July 1, 2013. Travel advisors need to know where it is safe to travel for their LGBTQ clients. Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Skift Take: LGBTQ consumers are a particularly well-traveled and high-spending business source for travel advisors. Serving them requires knowledge and sensitivity about their preferences, as well as the legal and cultural landscape in various destinations.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Tap Into Lucrative Destination Weddings Driven by Immigrants

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In this June 9, 2016 photo, Renaissance Schaumburg hotel employee Shelby Wollscheid gets Henna body art from Henna artist Sumeyya Rehman, as Marriott International, hosts a multicultural training session for employees to handle Indian weddings at the Renaissance in Schaumburg, Illinois. Bob Chwedyk / Daily Herald via Associated Press

Skift Take: South Asian destination weddings, which involve large groups and multi-night stays, are big business for a growing number of resorts and travel advisors. Succeeding in the niche requires a marriage of cultural knowledge and logistical skill.

— Maria Lenhart

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