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Airbnb Is Turning Off Hosts’ Cameras

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At the moment’s podcast seems to be at cameras in Airbnbs, Messi tourism in Saudi Arabia, and the decline of U.S. hospitality.

Good morning from Skift. It’s Tuesday, March 12. Right here’s what you want to know concerning the enterprise of journey at this time.

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Episode Notes

Airbnb introduced on Monday it’s banning the usage of all indoor safety cameras, writes Brief-Time period Rental Reporter Srividya Kalyanaraman. 

The corporate mentioned the change comes after it acquired suggestions from company, hosts and advocacy teams. Indoor cameras had been permitted in widespread areas of houses beneath sure situations, however the cameras needed to be disclosed to company and never be in personal areas. Hosts not complying with the brand new coverage by April 30 may see their listings or accounts eliminated.

Subsequent, Saudi Arabian officers consider its newest tourism marketing campaign that includes soccer icon Lionel Messi may help it overcome adverse perceptions, writes World Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam.

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Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO of the Saudi Tourism Authority, addressed the dominion’s efforts to extend customer numbers in an interview with Skift. Saudi Arabia lately launched a marketing campaign titled “Go Past What You Assume” through which Messi makes an attempt to interrupt down stereotypes concerning the nation. Hamidaddin mentioned so far the marketing campaign has carried out higher than the company’s earlier advertising efforts. 

Hamidaddin added Saudi Arabia is trying to appeal to 150 million guests by 2030, up from its earlier goal of 100 million. 

Lastly, columnist Colin Nagy addresses the decline in American hospitality that he argues is making journey much less nice for guests to the U.S. . 

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Nagy writes that worldwide vacationers usually encounter sloppiness, rudeness and ineptitude. He cited Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths’ four-and-a-half hour delay at immigration at JFK Airport final 12 months for example of worsening hospitality within the U.S. Nagy added if the service at airports, inns and eating places continues to say no, worldwide vacationers could be much less prepared to come back to the U.S.

Producer/Presenter: Jose Marmolejos

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