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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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>>As more brands design properties and programs with the health-conscious traveler in mind, they should remember that many guests want wellness to be only one aspect of their stay rather than the main attraction: Wellness Tourism Means Secondary Activities For Most Global Travelers
>>This is a pivotal moment for cruise tourism growth in Southeast Asia, but sustainability has to be in the forefront of development efforts: Southeast Asian Cruising Positioned to Reap Big Benefits From China and Australia
>>While some European destinations suffered last year from travelers’ fear of terrorism, Iceland and other countries in Northern and Eastern Europe benefited from the short-term, decreased interest in Western Europe — and more favorable exchange rates: The Phenomenal Growth of Iceland and Precipitous Decline of Turkey: A Tale of Two Europes
>>TUI’s target is very ambitious and five years doesn’t seem like enough time to develop and expand into countries where it does not have the brand recognition: To Generate $1 Billion in New Revenue TUI Looks to New Markets and Bigger Ideas
>>A run of bad press and falling demand has forced segments of southern Africa’s safari industry to take a long, hard look at their offering: Southern Africa’s Tour Operators Are Radically Rethinking Wild Animal Attractions
>>With Carnival Cruise Line now in the mix, all the major mass-market cruise lines now have Cuba on the horizon: Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba
>>There’s a new focus on tech for the everyman, and everywoman, rather than just the usual crowd of “tech bros”: Event Tech Transcends the ‘Tech Bros’ Crowd — Meetings Innovation Report
>>For Avis Budget Group, strong overseas returns aren’t offsetting weakness in the Americas. Through its partnerships with services like Uber and Didi, it’s looking for another way to make money: Avis Ups Its Ridesharing Partnerships as Pressure Increases on Car Rentals
>>Norwegian Cruise Line still has three extra-large ships on the way, but it looks like the company’s future fleet is being designed for flexibility: Norwegian Cruise Line Is Ordering a Fleet of Slightly Less-Giant Ships