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

Oyo Hotels & Homes

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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Resort Fees Come Under Fire in DC and 6 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Westin Hotels & Resorts

Lawmakers proposed legislation that would ensure hotels and online travel agencies, like Westin Times Square shown here, are advertising room rates that include all fees. Westin Hotels & Resorts

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, new proposed legislation could change the way resort fees are displayed. Then we take a look at Six Senses’ green plan to become plastic-free in the next three years.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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The Trump Hotel in DC Earns Its First Michelin Star

Sushi Nakazawa

Shown here is omakase offering from Sushi Nakazawa, located in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which now has a Michelin star. Sushi Nakazawa

Skift Take: The Michelin Guide might award stars in a system that doesn’t factor in government politics, but we’d wager there will be more than a few eyebrows raised inside the Beltway — and out.

— Faye Chiu

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Travel Advisors Decode Extra Cruise Fees and 13 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Carnival Corp.

Travel advisors step in and help clients decide whether an all-inclusive package would be better than a budget cruise with added onboard fees. Carnival Corp.

Skift Take: This week in tourism, travel advisors highlight the extra hidden fees on a “budget” cruise and demonstrate a better bang for the buck with an all-inclusive package. Meanwhile, Indonesia implements a new membership fee as it decides to keep Komodo Island open.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Germany Targets Discount Airlines as It Plans New Airline Ticket Tax

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Discount airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet could be disproportionately affected by Germany’s proposed regulatory changes. Anna & Michal / Flickr

Skift Take: Hmmm. Has Mrs. Merkel been listening to Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr? He has been criticizing discount airlines, including Ryanair, for contributing more than their share of pollution. This German government plan would have a bigger impact on discount airlines than full-service ones, according to Bloomberg. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary can’t like that.

— Brian Sumers

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France’s Government Criticizes the Netherlands for Favoring KLM


Representatives from the French government are upset with how The Netherlands seeks to influence Air France-KLM operations. Pictured are Air France jets. Bloomberg

Skift Take: At Skift Global Forum last month, Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith said the issues between France and the Netherlands were more of a media creation than a real thing. Recent events, however, suggest otherwise. Now, it’s France complaining it’s not getting its fair share.

— Brian Sumers

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MGM Resorts Leads U.S. Travel Sector With Job Cuts So Far in 2019

MGM Resorts International

A view of the Bellagio hotel and resort in Las Vegas that’s owned by MGM Resorts International. The largest job cuts of 2019 by a U.S. travel company came from MGM Resorts, according to data that Challenger, Gray & Christmas. MGM Resorts International

Skift Take: The U.S. is enjoying a tight labor market. But not every company is thriving. Data exclusively compiled by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reveals the most notable job cutbacks in 2019 by companies in the hotel, attractions, airline, and airport sectors.

— Sean O’Neill

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