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Breaking news on Trump's Cuba policies dominated this week's tourism coverage. Earlier this week, Trump suffered a loss as his travel ban remains blocked by a U.S. Court of Appeals, but he plans to get his way in Cuba by restricting travel.

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.

>>Prime Minister Theresa May’s reputation has been shattered by her own hubristic behaviour and she is only clinging onto power through a loose alliance with another party. The UK is in a much weakened position as it prepares to start Brexit negotiations: Tourism Industry Could Be a Beneficiary of UK Election Chaos

>>Attention professionals inspiring the next generation of travel leaders: We’ve got a discount for you: Educator Pricing For Skift Global Forum Announced

>>Passengers may not care much what executives at cruise companies earn, but it’s instructive to realize what goals those CEOs are driven to reach: Royal Caribbean Had the Most Highly Compensated Cruise CEO of 2016

>>This is good news for travelers, and hurts the executive branch’s case for upholding the travel ban as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue: Appeals Court Upholds Block of Trump Travel Ban as Supreme Court Battle Approaches

>>U.S. tourism job growth is already projected to be smaller than the rest of the world without the full impact of some of the Trump administration’s policies. The travel industry is asking for a seat at the table to convince Washington why that means bad news: WTTC Says Trump Should Make Tourism Job Growth a Priority

>>California is in a unique position because it both has a product every traveler is after and it knows how to speak luxury from the start: California Tourism Leaders Get Lessons on the Road From High-End Brands

>>The quick takeaway: Not all wealthy U.S. travelers travel the same way: How to Tell the Difference Between Luxury and Affluent Travelers

>>The U.S. vacation deprivation phenomenon is a nationwide, coast-to-coast problem but seems to be especially apparent in large east and west coast markets that are often the bread and butter of many travel brands’ business: U.S. Workers Are Taking a Bit More Vacation Despite Their Employers

>>This isn’t the worst-case scenario for Cuba that some U.S. travel brands had feared but it is a step backward and doesn’t offer any clear glimpse of a path forward: Trump Will Tighten Cuba Travel Policies, Not Reverse Them

>>Business travelers have a lot of guidelines to follow when they’re on the road. Smart employers — and travel companies — listen to feedback and try to deliver what road warriors are asking for: No Time for Bleisure — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>Travel industry policies toward Cuba have not transitioned smoothly from Point A to Point B over the last three years, and the upcoming Trump administration fine print will likely change things anew: Twists and Turns in Travel Industry’s Approach to Cuba Since Obama’s Changes

>>This policy change will directly hurt tour operators that have been working to develop people-to-people vacations in recent years, adding uncertainty for consumers. U.S. travelers will now have fewer opportunities to interact one-on-one with the Cuban people: Trump to End ‘Abusive’ Individual People-to-People Travel to Cuba


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Photo credit: President Trump will make an announcement in Miami on Friday on the United States' official policy on Cuba. Pictured are JetBlue workers in Cuba last year. JetBlue

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