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These are the tourism trends we were talking about this week.

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.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>What TripAdvisor CEO Kaufer tweeted about Republican Congress members holds true for the travel industry, as well: This is not the time to be silent about an issue that cuts to the core of travel and democracy in the U.S.: Travel Booking Site CEOs Condemn Trump’s Travel Ban for Muslim-Majority Countries

>>Compared to previous years we’ve done this survey, there’s been an improvement. But really: a third of Americans say they didn’t get a break in 2016, and that’s not good: Travel Habits of Americans: 34% of Americans Didn’t Take a Break in 2016

>>Tourism associations are already up in arms about the plans but there is no guarantee that the UK government will hand over the power to implement a tax: London Mayor Backs Plans for a New Tourism Tax

>>As economies around the world continue to fluctuate from boom to bust times, the bus market will remain relevant to capitalize on what consumers can afford: Bus Travel Is Growing Around the World, But Airline Competition Is Increasing

>>Now is the best time for you and your coworkers to get your tickets to attend Skift Forum Europe. Don’t wait, this discount won’t last: Announcing Group Rates to Skift Forum Europe 2017

>>Pink-tinted products make it obvious that a company is targeting women, but these tokens don’t significantly improve the travel experience. Female leadership in travel companies is the next, deeper level of serving female travelers: Travel Megatrends 2017: This Is the Year of the Modern Female Traveler

>>As much as we love travel tech, which is crucial to the industry’s evolution, human beings will have to remain front-and-center as well: Travel Megatrends 2017: 5 Podcast Takeaways

>>The Association of Southeast Asian Nations may be better off focusing on facilitating tourism growth through infrastructure and other improvements, which it is adept at, than launching another Visit ASEAN Year: Southeast Asia’s Tourism Campaign Is a Misplaced Effort

>>Fueled by the ability to search, sort, discover, and reserve across digital devices, diners can create the ultimate personalized experience any day of the week: Travel Megatrends 2017: Dining Out Is the Main Event

>>Many brands are looking to ease pain points of traveling with pets, but a lot of work still needs to be done, especially by airlines: Pet-Friendly Travel Is Growing Yet Still Complicated

>>Right now, it means polarization, little conversation, and a lot of anxiety: What the Trump Administration Means for the Meetings and Events Industry

>>The fallout over Friday’s problematic executive order continues: Companies are afraid that employees won’t be able to travel freely and won’t be safe while they’re on the road: Companies Expect to Cut Business Travel in the Wake of Trump’s Travel Ban

>>Now that half of corporate travel policies allow ride-sharing services, at least according to this survey, we have to wonder: What is the holdup with the other half? More Companies Are Allowing Travelers to Use Sharing Economy Services

>>The new standards of modern luxury are consumer-led rather than brand-driven: Travel Megatrends 2017: The New Luxury Is Defined by Small Brands and Big Stories

>>As crowds at airports suggest and polling demonstrates, only a minority of Americans support the president’s travel ban: Trump’s Travel Ban: Fewer Than 30% of Americans Support It

>>Record levels of live streaming and data-driven community engagement rallied people to come together around common causes, which the meetings industry can learn from: Meetings and Events in The Trump Era — Meetings Innovation Report

>>Tune in to hear from two experts about why the travel industry shouldn’t overlook customers with disabilities — and how companies can best serve the market: Skift Podcast: The Evolution of Accessible Travel

>>Think of them as tweeners. And that’s the point: Travelers in their 50s, squeezed between Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, are breaking new ground in their global meanderings: Travel Megatrends 2017: The Fifties Are the New Target Demographic for Travel Brands

>>Expect the growth of the sharing economy to continue in corporate travel, but it will be interesting to see if there will be a ceiling on adoption in coming years: Sharing Economy Goes Mainstream in Business Travel — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>I can’t think of a more delicious way to take a stand: Opinion: Open Your Travel Horizons With Banned Country Dinners

>>Confusion surrounded last week’s travel ban, and two different surveys reflect the mood of the business community: Another Survey Shows Trump’s Travel Ban Will Likely Hurt Business Travel

>>The likes of Thomas Cook and Tui Group should be wary of Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who in the past has taken on Google and Apple: EU Is Investigating Tour Operators Over Suspected Anticompetitive Practices


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Photo credit: Demonstrators sit down in the concourse and hold a sign that reads "We are America," as more than 1,000 people gathered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to protest President Donald Trump's order that restricts immigration to the U.S., Saturday, January 28, 2017. Genna Martin / via AP

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