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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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>>We’re not saying flying cars won’t exist; they already do. But at this point, it’s ludicrous to expect the market to grow beyond a niche offering for the wealthy anytime in the next few decades. Don’t buy the hype: Flying Cars: Separating Hype From Real Potential

>>Two of the biggest transformations in the meetings industry today relate to more creative event design and more emphasis on diversity, but we have a long way to go before each enters mainstream adoption. We in the meetings media can do better advancing those themes: The Future of Event Design and Diversity — Meetings Innovation Report

>>As the initial laptop ban fades away, pay attention to the next wave of security concerns caused by the new procedures put in place to screen flyers: The U.S. Laptop Ban Is Winding Down — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>Some U.S. travelers will always want to stay close to home, regardless of the state of the world. Road trips to visit nearby friends and family continue to be the foundation of most American trips, and that will likely be the case again this year: Domestic Travel Became Even More Dominant for Americans Last Year

Photo Credit: In this December 16, 2014 photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber wants to lead the flying car industry. Eric Risberg / Associated Press