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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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>>The Prime Minister’s speech was her most significant yet on the subject of Brexit, allowing us to analyze how this might affect the travel industry: What the UK Prime Minister’s Latest Brexit Speech Means for the Travel Industry
>>Every winter we get the best travel porn of the year: the ubiquitous Where-to-Go-This-Year lists, filled with panoramic photography and sexy descriptions of the destinations that made the cut. Here’s a look into the thankless editorial process of creating those lists: How Where-to-Go Lists Get Made: 5 Podcast Takeaways
>>It’s clear some European destinations had a tough year convincing international travelers to visit and Western Europe bore the brunt of that: Western European Destinations Had Little to No Tourism Growth in 2016
>>Venezuelan travel agencies have refocused their strategies to face the economic crisis. The shift has not been enough to boost the business, which shows no signs of recovery: Venezuelan Travel Agencies Get Creative in Reinventing Themselves After Very Tough Year
>>Airbnb’s entry into the tours and activities market certainly brings the sector to the fore. Competition is a healthy thing and all the players will have to up their games: Travel Megatrends 2017: Tours and Activities Are Finally Coming Into Their Own
>>The upscale meetings, events, and incentive travel market is seeing a spike in demand for more immersive and experiential connectivity: The Future of Luxury Meetings and Events — Meetings Innovation Report
>>Business travel spending has increased tremendously in India and Brazil since 2000 — but most of that money is spent domestically: Business Travel Is Expected to Soar in India, Struggle in Brazil as Economies Diverge
>>While fewer international travelers visited the U.S. last year based on available data, the travelers who did visit made trips in spite of a stronger dollar and likely had higher spending power or more disposable income to flirt with for international travel: International Traveler Spending in U.S. Snapshot for November 2016
>>It takes patience and methodical planning to build a new market — and the cruise industry seems to be settling into China until that’s done: Travel Megatrends 2017: Cruise Lines Play the Long Game
>>Tune in for our take on the biggest — some might call them mega — trends we see in store for travel this year: Skift Podcast: Megatrends Defining Travel in 2017
>>There’s a lot of year left, but Royal Caribbean executives must be feeling pretty confident to use a word like “sensational”: Royal Caribbean CEO Says Signs Point to a ‘Sensational Year’