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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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>>TUI’s evolution to that of an end-to-end travel provider is set to accelerate next year. It is fast becoming a tourism company in a class of its own: TUI Group Doesn’t Want to Be Known as a Tour Operator Anymore

>>In a good year, American families spend as much as $150 billion on travel, according to our most recent market sizing estimates. It’s a huge yet often misunderstood opportunity: New Skift Research: Decoding the Lucrative U.S. Family Traveler Segment

>>Travelers from both Mexico and Germany are beginning to rethink potential travel to the U.S. after last month’s election, according to Brand USA officials. The xenophobic tenor of the new administration is creating a global image problem for the U.S. as a travel destination: President-Elect Trump’s Bombast Could Already Be Impacting U.S. Inbound Travel

>>Using event technology and artificial intelligence to build and customize community engagement is the biggest meetings trend heading into 2017: Event Tech, Design, and Business Trends in 2017— Meetings Innovation Report

>>In the end, it turns out Pitbull’s love of the people of Florida is stronger than his love of confidentiality (and money): Pitbull Tweets His Big Money Confidential Agreement With Visit Florida

>>Airlines and travel agents are Sabre Corp.’s most important constituencies — other than shareholders — and now the company has former airline executives serving as CEO and executive chairman of the board: Sabre’s New CEO Is Former Frontier Airlines Chief Sean Menke

>>The cruise industry is generally very good at getting passengers to fill all their ships, especially new ones with the latest bells and whistles. Executives have also been trying to get those passengers to pay more for their trips, which is sometimes a struggle: Cruise Passenger Numbers Are Expected to Top 25 Million Next Year

Photo Credit: Sabre Corp.'s new president, CEO, and board member Sean Menke. Sabre Corp.