Skift Take

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.

>>There are two big unknowns now: Will cruise passengers be interested in Cuba for the long term, and will the powers in Washington make it easier or more difficult to visit? Cruise Lines See a Tourism Advantage in Cuba and Hope Trump Doesn’t Ruin It

>>There are some well-qualified insiders and total outsiders with little experience in tourism among the candidates for the new UNWTO Secretary-General: UNWTO Has 7 Candidates Who Want to Be the Next Leader of Global Tourism

>>Is your company missing from this list? Less than 2 weeks left to register for the hottest conference in travel: Join 200+ Companies Coming to Skift Forum Europe

>>Many U.S. destinations will have a harder time this year convincing international travelers that they’re affordable and welcoming. But for U.S. travelers, much of the world is their oyster thanks to a continued strong dollar: U.S. Tourists Headed Abroad Are a Bright Spot for International Travel

>>Innovation used to be hard to come by in corporate travel. Today, these startups are doing the hard work of moving the industry forward — and major players are paying attention: Skift’s Most Interesting Corporate Travel Startups 2017

>>Washington, D.C. is promoting its high degree of inclusivity and diversity in the region’s tech sector, compared to the national average, as a competitive advantage: Washington, D.C. Is Trying to Sell Meeting Planners on Inclusiveness

>>The national conversation around the need for more diversity and inclusivity in the technology and advanced industry sectors is moving to the forefront in the meetings industry: Behind The Rise of Diversity in the Meetings Industry — Meetings Innovation Report

>>As our Megatrend foretold, Skift expected there would be a lot of news around tours and activities this year, but even we are surprised by all the action so early in the year: Royal Caribbean Creates Tour-Booking Site GoBe To Go After Land Vacations

>>Companies often chase and vie to sign on influencers for marketing purposes, but all can agree that Google is one of the most powerful forces in travel: Skift Forum Europe: Google Travel Exec Details Changing Consumer Behavior

>>We’ve been tracking disruption in corporate travel for the past year, and this week we’re happy to deliver a roundup of some of the most innovative new companies shaking up the industry: Startups Disrupting Business Travel — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>Residents of Bruges support tourism and feel that it’s economically necessary but they also feel that it negatively impacts their quality of life: 6 Charts on How Bruges Residents Grudgingly See Overtourism’s Value


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