Marriott Says Trump Administration Demanded It to Shutter Cuba Hotel Operations

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Four years after Starwood became the first U.S. hotel operator to run a hotel in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, Marriott — which bought Starwood in 2016 — says the Trump administration wants it to end operations. Falkenpost / Pixabay

Skift Take: Marriott’s planned Cuban expansion may become a sacrificial byproduct of the Trump administration’s quest to appeal to Cuban-American Florida voters in the 2020 presidential campaign.

— Cameron Sperance

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Travel Sector Remains Thorn in a Falling U.S. Unemployment Rate Defying Expectations

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The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent in May, but the travel sector is still seeing brutally high numbers. William Warby / Flickr

Skift Take: The travel industry shouldn’t sing yet — the hospitality and leisure unemployment rate fell three points in May, but the sector is still in a decimated place from where it was a year ago.

— Cameron Sperance

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What South Africa’s Virus Protocols Tell Us About Balancing a Travel Economy With a Nation’s Health


South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa imposed strict lockdown measures early on in the crisis. Reuters

Skift Take: South Africa is understandably cautious as it approaches winter, and doing all it can to stave off a health crisis. But its strict and prolonged protocols might end up doing more harm than good.

— Matthew Parsons

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