Saudi Arabia May Close Borders to Overseas Hajj Pilgrims for the Second Time

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Saudi Arabia is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual hajj as worries grow about the emergence of new variants. Ibrahim Uz / Unsplash

Skift Take: There’s still time until July 17 for the kingdom to make the call, but with uncertainty around the new Covid variants, it would be unwise.

— Matthew Parsons

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Hilton Glimpses a Recovery in Decimated Conventions and Corp Travel Business

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Leisure travel still leads the recovery at Hilton, but business and group travelers are signaling a return to booking rooms. Matti Blume / Wikimedia

Skift Take: If Hilton sees reason to be optimistic around a faster-than-expected travel recovery, that’s a major boost to all hotel companies, especially ones with less exposure to convention and business-transient customers.

— Cameron Sperance

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Nearly Half of U.S. Travelers Plan to Use Travel Advisors Post-Pandemic, Survey Shows

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A bigger number of U.S. travelers interested in international trips will use travel advisors post-pandemic. C Watts / Flickr Commons

Skift Take: There’s cause for optimism for this at-risk segment of the industry, just as National Travel Advisor Day hits. Travel agencies that are quick to adapt have the potential to capture a new customer base that outlasts the travel recovery years.

— Lebawit Lily Girma

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Majority of Airlines Miss Environmental Efficiency Targets: New Skift Research 🔒

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Airplane flying over natural vista in the U.S. Sylvia Gorajek / Unsplash

Skift Take: Fuel efficiency is integral to the bottom line of airline operators. Skift Research found that efficiency improvements fluctuate considerably by year and between companies. Most were unable to achieve efficiency goals set by the industry.

— Wouter Geerts

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