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Native American Interior Secretary Nominee Presents Big Promise for U.S. Outdoor Tourism

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Congresswoman Deb Haaland is the first Native American nominated to lead the interior department. Deb for Congress Media Resources

Skift Take: From her opposition to the fossil fuel industry to spearheading bipartisan legislation protecting public lands, Congresswoman Deb Haaland has shown she’s a fierce protector of America’s natural resources. As future Interior Secretary, she could be a giant boost for the sustainable development of outdoor travel post-Covid.

— Lebawit Lily Girma

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Hotels See Higher Payroll Relief Under New Government Aid But Say More Stimulus Needed

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A second draw of the Paycheck Protection Program and higher loan caps are major victories for the hotel industry in the next round of pandemic relief. MichaelJLocke / Wikimedia

Skift Take: The hotel industry qualifies for larger small business loans under the new coronavirus relief measure. That’s reason for it to celebrate, but the industry will still need what it considers a real stimulus bill with incentives to revive travel demand in the long-term.

— Cameron Sperance

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United Promises to Leave No Covid-Infected Pilot Behind

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Two pilots prepare to fly during the coronavirus pandemic. United Airlines

Skift Take: Ordinarily, an airline might refuse to transport a passenger with Covid-19. But airlines know they need to repatriate crew members who develop Covid-19 abroad. If they do not, crew members might refuse to fly the trips, and airlines would lose revenue.

— Brian Sumers

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Video: Interview With Airbnb Advisor Chip Conley at Skift Short-Term Rental & Outdoor Summit 🔒

Airbnb advisor Chip Conley speaking online on Dec. 9, 2020 at Skift Short-Term Rental Outdoor Summit.

Skift Take: Airbnb advisor Chip Conley had some grounding messages about the company he has seen grow into a force in travel. Never forget the original mission on which the homesharing giant was launched. It hasn’t, says Conley.

— Tom Lowry

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Airport Startup Aims to Help Frazzled Traveling Families as Part-Nanny, Part-Concierge

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Airports can be overwhelming to families with young children. SkySquad was launched to help ease that anxiety. Robert Kneschke / Adobe

Skift Take: Families traveling by air have often been seen as a nuisance by fellow travelers and airlines alike. How can air travel be more appealing for families with small children after the pandemic?

— Ruthy Muñoz

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U.S. Airlines and Hotels to Receive Long-Awaited Relief as Part of New $900 Billion Aid Package

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U.S. airlines and hotels are both slated to benefit from a $900 billion coronavirus relief measure on track to pass Congress Monday. redlegsfan21 / Wikimedia

Skift Take: The $900 billion coronavirus relief deal delivers the airline and hotel industries some of the top requests on their respective holiday wish list. Just as before, airlines get the biggest prize.

— Cameron Sperance

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New Covid Strain in UK Prompts Travel Bans Across Europe

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London’s Heathrow Airport will see even less activity with new travel bans put in place. Skift

Skift Take: A harsh reminder that recent cheers for vaccine deliveries does not mean this pandemic is over yet. New travel bans are being put in place as the UK grapples with the spread of a new coronavirus strain.

— Tom Lowry

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A New Tourism Future and 12 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

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A Sri Lanka sunset on August 14, 2016. The country is redefining its tourism for a post-pandemic world. Llee Wu / Flickr.com

Skift Take: In Skift’s top travel stories this week, Sri Lanka is reinventing its tourism future, airlines and global distribution systems made peace, Google faced a bevy of lawsuits, an airline launched in the middle of the pandemic, and Hilton proved that mergers aren’t the only way to grow.

— Dennis Schaal

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U.S. Hotels Slated for More Aid — Without Liability Protections

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An emerging bipartisan deal in Washington for further federal economic relief from the pandemic does not include liability protections for businesses. Carol M. Highsmith / Rawpixel

Skift Take: Although the hotel industry claimed federal liability protections were a vital need in the next round of coronavirus relief, leaving the measure out of an emerging deal in Washington doesn’t leave hoteliers completely vulnerable to lawsuits.

— Cameron Sperance

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