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Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top tourism trends.
For all of our trends roundups, go here.
>>Travelers and their travel managers don’t always agree on the most important preferences when flying: Business Travelers Value Passenger Experience While Travel Managers Prefer Discounts
>>The meetings and event industry desperately needs to break down all of its silos so members in all of the different segments have access to a greater breadth of industry insight: Event Planners Try to Understand Mobile Devices and Security
>>Maybe a silver lining to Zika’s toll on Wynwood is that the district is getting a huge amount of global press that could pay off when everything is back to normal: Miami’s Wynwood Neighborhood Is Taking a Brutal Tourism Hit Due to Zika Fears
>>If you want to understand what’s happening right now in global tourism, the first person you should listen to is the UNWTO’s Taleb Rifai: Interview: UNWTO Secretary-General on the World-Changing Power of Travel
>>While this acquisition was surely already in the works, it will be interesting to see if former Carlson Wagonlit Travel head Doug Anderson’s tenure at American Express GBT leads to even more industry consolidation: American Express GBT Acquires KDS in Push to Accelerate Online Booking
>>Google-owned Waze is a compelling navigation app, but whether Google can turn it into the foundation for a winning ride-share service will have to be tested in the marketplace: Google Challenging Uber With New Waze-Powered Ride-Share Service
>>It looks like the travel industry isn’t enthusiastic about industry player Donald Trump, the iconoclastic billionaire and hotel mogul: Hillary Clinton Trouncing Donald Trump in Travel Industry Campaign Contributions
>>Security, mobile device usage, the sharing economy, and positioning events as marketing vehicles are among the top challenges for event planners in 2016: What’s Keeping Global Event Planners Up At Night — Meetings Innovation Report
>>Companies should communicate Zika risks with all of their travelers and allow them to opt out, especially as areas of active transmission spread: Why Zika Is a Complicated Concern for Corporate Travel
>>Travel rewards points redemptions in the U.S. are up sharply this year as several brands focus on rewarding and retaining their elite customers: The State of U.S. Travel Loyalty Point Redemption in Four Charts
>>Employers have a responsibility to keep their traveling workers safe and healthy — but must also respect their privacy: Responsibility Vs. Privacy: Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
>>It’s no surprise that travel buyers want to save money for their company. But they also need to realize that uncomfortable or inconvenienced flyers are going to spend extra on seat upgrades, Wi-Fi, meals, and more: Travel Buyers Don’t Really Care About Keeping Flyers Comfortable