This week in tourism, Trump's travel ban demands "bona fide" connections in the U.S. In other government news, mayors tell Skift how they deal with undesirable tourism identities.
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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>>Mayors have power to dictate how a city positions itself for tourism. Orlando and Birmingham’s stories are ones where the mayors entered office admitting their cities weren’t being smart about tourism and they improved their marketing strategies from there: Orlando and Birmingham Leaders Grapple With Tourism Identities They Didn’t Want
>>The stage has been set for a showdown in October that will have serious ramifications for the U.S. travel industry: Trump Travel Ban Partially Upheld by Supreme Court in Temporary Ruling
>>Cruise loyalty programs are different from airline and hotel offerings, but Carnival Cruise Line’s approach can still be instructive — especially as it evolves: The Business of Loyalty: Carnival Cruise Line Wants to Win Over Customers Earlier
>>We won’t call it a Trump bump but we do see some kind of increase occurring in international visitor spending so far this year. But spending seems to be down since February: International Tourist Spending in U.S. at Record High Heading into Summer
>>India is ready for a jump in luxury travel, but it will need to catch up in terms of the accommodations and services that it can offer while also being conscious that local residents, not just multinationals, benefit from this growth: India’s Luxury Sector Poised for Exponential Growth
>>The new Los Angeles Times venture is yet another example of a journalistic organization looking to tourism to save the day. Beyond expanding revenues, the trips offer an extra benefit to star reporters — “free” travel: The Los Angeles Times Looks for Revenue From Luxury Travel Packages
>>Many travel managers do not solicit feedback from their travelers, which seems like a missed opportunity. The evidence, however, shows that reacting to traveler feedback doesn’t necessarily lead to more satisfied travelers: Are Travel Managers Missing Out When They Don’t Solicit Business Traveler Feedback?
>>As external forces disrupt the world of corporate travel, we think it’s wise for travel managers to check in with employees and see how satisfied they are with travel policy: A Busy Week for Ban News — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
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Photo Credit: A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer interviews people entering the United States from Mexico at the border crossing in San Ysidro, California on October 14, 2016. Trump's travel ban made a new appearance this week. Mike Blake / Reuters
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Alicia Powell and Jill Serjeant, Reuters | 6 days ago
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Dennis Schaal, Skift | 6 days ago
Singapore Tiptoes Toward Reopening After Country Is 80 Percent Vaccinated
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Chen Lin and Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters | 3 weeks ago