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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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>>Lonely Planet is taking a multichannel approach to consumer travel media, and it seems to be working: Skift Forum Europe: How Lonely Planet Looks Beyond Guidebooks
>>Those in the habit of cyclically signing up for credit cards solely for the points may soon be out of luck thanks to a new strategy coming from American Express: American Express Clamps Down On Points Churners — Skift Business Traveler
>>The newest Smithsonian, which quickly became a black American mecca, sets the bar high. Case in point — how many museums have a line to get into the gift shop? African American Smithsonian Sets a New Standard for Museums as Destinations
>>Our European not-an-industry-conference conference will build on our promise to be the best creative brainfood all year for the travel industry. We guarantee it: This Is Not a Freakin’ Trade Conference: Europe Style
>>With its Expedia DNA, Egencia is well-positioned to help bring consumer innovations into the corporate travel mainstream: CEO Interview: Egencia Tries to Innovate Towards a Bigger Share of Corporate Travel
>>Cruise marketers may already know to pursue millennials and families, but those two groups are incredibly diverse and warrant better targeting: What Cruise Lines Are Doing to Win a New Generation of Cruisers: 5 Podcast Takeaways
>>As the conversation at an annual cruise conference showed, it’s hard to talk about the industry without discussing the potential effect of a new administration in Washington: Cruise Executives at Odds Over the Trump Effect
>>Conferences and events like Skift Forum Europe in April and SXSW in Austin this month distill the converging trends in society, politics, and high-growth industries: Shaping Trends at Skift Forum Europe and SXSW — Meetings Innovation Report
>>While the restraining order is temporary, the wording of the judge’s findings shows a strong chance that the courts will overturn yet another travel ban: New Trump Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Judges in Hawaii and Maryland
>>Choosing someone like Taylor Swift to promote tourism during the height of her career is a destination marketing windfall that doesn’t come around often. Many tourism boards, though, would rather be more strategic: Many Destinations Use Celebrities for Marketing But Pitbull Fiasco Is a Warning Sign
>>The race to make corporate travel more like consumer travel is heating up. This time travel management companies may really mean it: When Corporate Goes Consumer — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
>>Most business travelers are still extremely concerned about the threat posed by terrorism. They also think that their employers are doing a good job taking care of their safety when traveling for business: U.S. Business Travelers See Terrorism as Most-Important Concern
>>Celebrity Cruises had a lot of time to think about what it wanted on a new type of ship — 10 years, in fact, since the last class was designed: Interview: Celebrity Cruises CEO on Getting the Edge in First Ship Design in a Decade