‘Skip-Gen’ Travel Takes Off as Grandparents Seek to Bond With Grandkids

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Grandparents and grandchildren enjoy rafting on a trip with Road Scholar in the Ozark Mountains of the United States. Road Scholar / Road Scholar

Skift Take: More grandparents are viewing traveling with grandkids as a way to get some much-needed bonding time. This skip-gen trend is creating an important market for travel advisors, but there are things to know in order to handle it right.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

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Expedition cruises such as this one on Hurtigruten Cruises’ MS Road Amundsen in the Antarctic are popular among travelers during this year’s wave season. David Avila / Hurtigruten Cruises

Skift Take: Travel advisors say this year’s “wave season” is showing strong preferences for less-visited ports and immersive land experiences. There are also indicators that passengers are more likely to hold the cruise industry accountable on sustainability.

— Maria Lenhart

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‘Skip-Gen’ Vacations Are a New Family Travel Offshoot for Travel Advisors

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Grandparents are increasingly planning vacation with their grandkids. This gives them time to bond while the childrens’ parents stay home. Austin Adventures clients traveling through Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park. Austin Adventures

Skift Take: “Skip-gen” travel involving grandparents and grandchildren is an important market for travel advisors to pay attention to. Not only are grandparents more active these days, many see travel as a rare bonding opportunity with grandchildren.

— Maria Lenhart

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The Story of Oyo’s Troubles Is the Story of Modern India

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An Oyo hotel property in Gurgaon, India. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: What’s happening with Oyo cannot be looked at separately from the modern Indian milieu that gave birth to it, and in which it operates. Oyo now needs to rise above that legacy and bring in the global business practices that ensure it survives and thrives in the future.

— Rafat Ali

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Hotels Navigate Hazy World of Legal Marijuana and 8 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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Hotels struggle to to balance liberal state marijuana laws with federal law which classifies marijuana as a Schedule ! drug. Victor Moussa / Adobe

Skift Take: In hospitality news this week, hotels are finding it confusing to straddle state and federal laws when it comes to marijuana. Is legal pot a liability or opportunity? Plus, fast-rising Oyo Hotels & Homes has slammed on the brakes in the U.S., laying off a third of its team and switching up its strategy.

— Danielle Hyams

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Design Trend: Hotel Lobby as Local-Inspired Living Room

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Many designers are now looking to the cities and neighborhoods where hotels are located for decorating inspiration. Shown here is the lobby in The Hoxton in Portland, Ore. Alongside newly built rooms, public areas were situated in an old converted movie theater. Ennismore / The Hoxton via Associated Press

Skift Take: Designers aim to make hotels into homey work spaces for business travelers, but if every hospitality space is an office, how do you take a vacation?

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Oyo’s Global Downsizing Hits U.S. as One-Third of Staff Is Fired in Biz Model Shift


An Oyo hotel in the U.S. Skift

Skift Take: If the cliché “no pain, no gain” applies to disruptor Oyo, then the chain is clearly in the pain part of that equation. The brand has definitely taken a huge reputational hit that will play out for months. There are certainly positives in Oyo’s renewed value proposition to many properties if the chain doesn’t trip over itself.

— Dennis Schaal

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Frontier Airlines Owner Cuts Stake in Wizz Air

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A Wizz Air aircraft. The carrier’s largest shareholder is selling down its stake. Dylan Agbagni (CC0) / Flickr

Skift Take: Given the European Union’s ownership rules and Indigo Partners’ previous comments, this news comes as no surprise. Of more interest is where will legendary low-cost airline investor Bill Franke turn his attention to next?

— Patrick Whyte

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AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes Out For Now Amid Airbus Bribery Probe

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Air Asia Group CEO Tony Fernandes is stepping down, temporarily, as leader of the company. Air Asia Group

Skift Take: There’s always some give-and-take whenever any customer places a big order for anything. But did Airbus go too far to try to sway AirAsia? And what will this mean for CEO Tony Fernandes’ grand digital plans?

— Brian Sumers

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