Norwegian Cruise CEO Is Getting Bigger Spenders On Board

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High prices on cruises to Cuba helped profit jump for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in 2017. In this promotional photo, Norwegian Sky arrives in Havana. Norwegian Cruise Line

Skift Take: The cruise industry has long boasted of its value compared to land vacations. But Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is notably not emphasizing low prices. It is instead working to get passengers to spend more on tickets, shore excursions, and onboard extras.

— Hannah Sampson

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Airlines May Want Higher Fuel Prices Despite How Contrarian That Seems

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Southwest, like all U.S. airlines, is paying more money for jet fuel than a year ago. Some analysts think higher fuel prices make airlines act more rationally.

Skift Take: If fuel prices rise considerably, airfares will need to increase as well, so this would be bad for consumers. But investors might cheer.

— Brian Sumers

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UK Airport Operator Mulls Buying Domestic Airline Flybe

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Logistics specialist and airports operator Stobart Group Ltd. said it’s looking at putting together a bid for Flybe Group Plc, Britain’s biggest domestic airline. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The collapse of Monarch Airlines and Air Berlin already provided the writing on the wall. These smaller European carriers are facing further consolidation.

— Sarah Enelow

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Airbnb Plus and Everything CEO Brian Chesky Just Announced

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaks on Thursday at an event announcing new products, including Airbnb Plus. Airbnb

Skift Take: To be honest, we weren't very surprised by Thursday's launches. In fact, we wondered why they haven't been launched sooner. But for the most part, all of them certainly seem in step with Airbnb's plans for being much more than just any other travel brand or company out there.

— Deanna Ting

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Myanmar Tourism Bouncing Back Despite Rohingya Crisis

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Myanmar is still attracting tourists despite having a major humanitarian crisis. Pictured are tourists at the Shwe San Daw pagoda, known among tourists as the Sunset Pagoda, in ancient Bagan, Myanmar. Neville Wootton / Flickr

Skift Take: More tourist arrivals from countries like China and Japan are likely helping Myanmar. But it sounds as though the country is a tougher sell these days to western travelers from Europe and elsewhere.

— Dan Peltier

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