Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines tourism.

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>>Germany has one of the most innovative business strategies and fresh content models: German Convention Bureau Bets Its Future On Event Tech Research

>>Nine months into 2016, outbound U.S. tourism is confirming our earlier position that this was going to be an excellent year for foreign travel. A strong currency helps outweigh fears of violence and even Zika: U.S. Outbound Tourism Snapshot for September 2016

>>It looks like the trend of slow growth for travel in the United States — or no growth, in some sectors — will continue into early 2017: U.S. Travel Growth Is Slowing Due to International and Business Weakness

>>Visit California developed an integrated research and content framework to support its travel and media partners’ ability to better engage luxury consumers: Visit California Positions Itself as the Birthplace of Modern Luxury Travel

>>It took longer than expected, but more U.S.-based cruise lines are about to start sailing between the U.S. and Havana. We’re curious how demand will hold up: Breaking: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Finally Have Approval to Sail to Cuba

>>When convention bureaus develop their own meetings industry research, it positions them as leaders: The Role of Convention Bureaus in Industry Research Development — Meetings Innovation Report

>>Kelly’s views on airport security and the TSA have yet to be articulated but privatization efforts would not be surprising: President-Elect Trump Picks a Retired Marine to Manage U.S. Borders and the TSA

>>Cruise ships in Cuba are adding capacity to keep up with a demand that hotels can’t match. Right now, they’re an essential part of the tourism development story: The 3 Largest Cruise Companies Can Now Take Tourists to Cuba. What’s Next?

>>This has been a busy year for merger and acquisition action in the travel space, and corporate travel executives will likely be dealing with the impact well into 2017 and beyond: More Mergers, More Fallout — Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>Whether it’s Uber or car rentals, it all comes down to user experience: Autonomous Transportation and the Future of Business Travel

Photo Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line said Norwegian Sky will visit Cuba during four-day sailings in May. It is one of five cruise lines that received approval to sail to Cuba on Wednesday. Norwegian Cruise Line