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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>>President Trump’s new travel ban has been designed to hold up to legal scrutiny this time, but the reality of this new order still seems discriminatory against Muslims around the world: New Trump Travel Ban Won’t Target Permanent U.S. Residents
>>Travel industry companies and groups need to admit that Trump’s travel ban, even in its toned down form, presents a serious threat to their continued growth and the overall health of the U.S. economy: Travel Industry Reaction to Trump Travel Ban Is More Muted This Time
>>Although the new executive order grants a number of exceptions, an unfriendly air persists. Right now, we’ll have to wait and see to accurately gauge the damage done to the U.S. meetings industry: Trump’s New Travel Ban and What It Means for the Meetings Industry
>>While the latest executive order banning travel from certain countries created less chaos, business travel executives are clearly still concerned about the potential impact: Employers Are Still Wary About Business Travel Under Trump’s New Ban
>>It’s a trend we write about regularly: the emergence of consumer-friendly tools in corporate travel. Concur has been making that goal a priority: Concur Wants to Deliver a Consumer-Grade Experience to Business Travelers
>>The global meetings industry and many U.S. cities are rallying in an attempt to minimize the pain: U.S. Meetings Industry Fights Trump’s Travel Ban — Meetings Innovation Report
>>The “world’s largest cruise ship” title gets a lot of attention from cruisers, and Royal Caribbean knows it can pretty much apply the term to any of its Oasis-class ships: Royal Caribbean Is Building the Latest World’s Largest Cruise Ship
>>Brazil is already big for Concur, and will likely remain a strong market for business travel as its economy rebounds from a severe downturn: Concur Enters Brazil While Betting on Biz Travel Rebound
>>Listen for insight into how cruise leaders are thinking about cultivating future customers: Skift Podcast: What Cruise Lines Are Doing to Win a New Generation of Cruisers
>>Corporate travel can be complicated, so the words “simple” and “user-friendly” are welcome concepts: Taking the User-Friendly Approach — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
>>International business travel to the U.S. has been a weak point recently due to the strong dollar. We may be about to find out how much worse it can get: Businesses Are Getting an Unwelcoming Vibe From the Travel Ban
>>As more tourists go abroad for medical treatments there’s still disconnect in the travel industry with how to accommodate travelers’ times getting treatment and the rest of their in-destination experiences: Medical Tourism Is Big Business But Still an Emerging Market
>>Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service: Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike
>>Everyone has had a rental car nightmare — lost bookings, mysterious dents, or surprise fees. But rental car companies now face a nightmare of their own in fierce car-sharing competition: Hertz’s Latest Twist Is Adding Private Driver Services From Blacklane