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In our latest issue of Travel Advisor Magazine, we explore the sunny shores of Fort Lauderdale to the off the beaten path routes in Cambodia and Thailand. We also take a deep dive into New Zealand with our destination expert Ignacio Maza from Signature Travel Network. Looking for diverse travel itineraries? We have that for you too in our story on "Wow! Immersion Experiences".
Lastly, don't miss our feature story on overtourism, where we explore how our position as global advocates for travel can be transformed to protect the most precious wonders in the world.
American Airlines shuffles top executives as damage control begins (Skift)
On the heels of the announcement from American Airlines that its leadership expects its Boeing 737 Max aircraft to return to service in mid-January 2020, the airline will also shuffle a variety of top executives as a sign to Wall Street that it's sorting out its myriad operational issues.Read More
JetBlue, Norwegian sign interline agreement on Europe flights (Travel Agent Central)
Low-cost transatlantic carrier Norwegian and JetBlue have signed a letter of intent for a new interline agreement that will allow customers to use a single booking for connecting flights between the Americas and Europe.Read More
China payment platforms chase tourists (NEXT Travel Stream)
China's top two mobile payment platforms are facing off to capture the multi-billion dollar market in unclaimed value added tax refunds. Few companies have focused on this huge hidden economy.Read More
Southwest extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations into February (Travel Pulse)
Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday that it has extended its Boeing 737 MAX flight cancellations until February 8, 2020.The low-cost carrier cited the fact that the timing of the grounded aircraft's return-to-service is still uncertain.Read More
The trauma of TSA for transgender travelers (CNN)
For Rev. Yunus Coldman, an interfaith minister and a New York-based transgender man, the anxiety of going through a TSA checkpoint starts days before he arrives at the airport.Read More
Thomas Cook collapse creates hotel crisis in Spain and Greece (Travel Weekly)
Hotels and resorts that had relied heavily on Thomas Cook's wholesale business to sell the bulk of their inventory are now facing financial insolvency.Read More
You can stay in Barbie's real-life Malibu dreamhouse (Travel + Leisure)
If you were lucky enough to have a Barbie Dreamhouse as a kid, now's your chance to visit the pink paradise in real life. Thanks to Airbnb, lucky fans of the doll can stay in her iconic Dreamhouse located in Malibu, California to commemorate the brand's 60th anniversary.Read More
Black travel vibes: Feel the local vibes of Jamaica (Essence)
From the moment you touch down, the energy of Jamaica penetrates your soul and fills you with its laid back spirit. The bustling streets, sandy beaches, friendly locals and body-rocking reggae riddims' will make you feel connected to the country's culture.Read More
German food: 20 of the best things to eat (CNN)
Today Germans appreciate well-prepared, well-served meals as much as they do a quick bite on the go. This is a country of food markets, beer gardens, wine festivals, food museums and high-end restaurants.Read More
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