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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.

>>While it’s unclear how much of the Trump administration’s travel ban will remain in place — or how it might continue to evolve — companies abroad are already planning to send fewer business travelers to the U.S.: Business Travel from Europe Is Expected to Drop Thanks to Trump Travel Ban

>>Many hoteliers are unaware of just how many people with disabilities are out there spending money on travel: The Evolution of Accessible Travel: 5 Podcast Takeaways

>>Travel companies have an economic self-interest in reversing the travel ban and maintaining the relatively free flow of visitors. But, in the current political climate, they obviously feel that the issues involved are important enough to risk stepping into the line of fire: 9 Travel Companies and Hawaii Sign Court Documents to Overturn the Travel Ban

>>The work-from-anywhere force is on the rise, but face-to-face time with co-workers remains vital: Remote Workers Turn to Co-Living Spaces for Next-Gen Meeting Venues

>>U.S. airports have the reputation of being most in need of revitalization, but thousands of highways and bridges around the country are actually near the point of collapse: U.S. Roads and Bridges, Not Airports, Need Infrastructure Investment the Most

>>Hotelbeds’ plan to acquire Tourico shows that its financial backers, particularly buyout firm Cinven, see a path to growth. Expect further acquisitions: Hotelbeds Plans to Buy Tourico Holidays to Expand in the Americas

>>To understand what’s going on in the global travel industry you have to go local with people who understand the issues and speak the lingo: 10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

>>November was the third consecutive month that U.S. arrivals to South America decreased or were flat from the previous year and the fourth — albeit non-consecutive — month of declines in U.S. arrivals to the Caribbean in 2016: Latin America’s Popularity Declines: U.S. Outbound Tourism Snapshot for November 2016

>>Theme parks were the best performers during the first fiscal quarter despite some attendance declines: Attendance Is Down at Disney’s U.S. Parks But New Attractions Are on the Way

>>Many of today’s big travel and tech megatrends — such as co-working spaces, virtual reality, and sharing accommodations — are disrupting the meetings and events industry in 2017: The Rise of VR and Co-Work Spaces at Events — Meetings Innovation Report

>>Azamara’s focus on the shore is serving the company well, but at some point its 17-year-old ships will be ready to retire. What does the future hold for this brand, especially as travel companies around the globe try to deliver authentic local experiences? Azamara Wants Cruise Passengers to Get More out of Land

>>While it’s good news for Greece that bookings are on the rise, the struggle to find value in Spain shows just how difficult a summer it might be for European tour operators: Despite Spain’s Strength Thomas Cook Targets Greece for Tourism Growth in 2017

>>If the past few weeks have shown us anything, it’s that uncertainty did not end with the U.S. presidential election: What a Travel Ban Means for Business Travel — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>This is good news for travel and tourism, but what travelers and business leaders are looking for here is some semblance of consistency: U.S. Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate Trump Travel Ban

>>Thursday night’s court decision means travel can continue as it was before the executive order. But as GBTA’s executive director pointed out, potential travelers know the situation is temporary and might be reluctant to make long-term plans: Key Business Travel Group Urges Trump to Rethink His Travel Ban

>>From growing public-private partnerships and shifting strategy when foreign currencies decline, Seccombe’s insights are relevant for tourism boards the world over: Interview: Visit Florida’s Ex-CEO on Tourism Marketing Challenges in 2017


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Photo credit: Father and daughter protesters outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. President Donald Trump's travel ban was not reinstated at that time. Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

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