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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>>Trump slump or Trump bump? It will take more than five weeks of spending behavior to provide clearer direction: International Tourist Spending in the U.S. Is at Record High So Far This Year
>>Only time will tell whether President Trump’s policies will inflict lasting damage on U.S. travel companies and the image of the U.S. as a preeminent international destination: What Trump’s First 100 Days Tell Us About Travel’s Next Four Years
>>Chinese consumers are responsible for one-third of the world’s personal luxury spending, but the consumers are younger and more affluent than the sector is accustomed to serving: China’s Luxury Travelers Are Young and Spending More Than Ever
>>Silence is indeed golden and isolation comes at a premium as well for luxury travelers who really, really want to get away: Isolation Is the Next Big Thing in Luxury Travel
>>Los Angeles is part of a trend across major global cities as they attempt to distance themselves from less welcoming parts of their countries. Most cities can’t claim to be as diverse as Los Angeles, which helps its message appear honest yet measured: Los Angeles Wants Its ‘Everyone is Welcome’ Campaign to Connect With Global Millennials
>>All luxury is not created equal, and understanding the modern luxury travel market requires a new approach and a deep appreciation of the sophistication of modern consumers and providers: Launching Today: Skift New Luxury Travel Newsletter
>>Switzerland Tourism is employing “precision marketing” as the number of Chinese individual travelers rose last year while overall arrivals dropped. Other destinations it competes with for long-haul Chinese travelers, including the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, should take note: Switzerland Tourism Fights Rivals for Chinese Travelers With New Focus
>>UNESCO sites — of all places — should be the destinations taking leadership roles in tourism management planning as they’re often the first place many tourists think about when deciding what to do on a trip: Nearly Half of UNESCO Sites Don’t Have Plans to Manage Overtourism Challenges
>>Disney’s Animal Kingdom needed more attractions to get visitors to stay longer, but will Avatar be the key to boosting the park’s popularity? Disney’s Newest Land Is Meant to Add a Literal Glow to Animal Kingdom
>>There are vastly fewer retail travel outlets now than two decades ago, but a few creative agents are rethinking how to buy and sell travel in the real world: The Travel Agents Rethinking the Brick and Mortar Retail Experience