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This week in tourism, we looked back. We discovered that despite U.S. Travel's initial optimism, the dreaded Trump Slump was real after all, and we examined the biggest tourism trends of the summer.

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.

>>Six Flags is sticking with its strategy of investing in new rides to drive visitors back to parks again and again. It could use some cooperation from the weather for the rest of the year to make sure those people show up: Six Flags Is Trying to Outdo Itself With Slate of New Rides

>>One market where the U.S. leads China in a trade imbalance: The United States is taking in way more tourists from China than it’s sending. Pollution, bureaucracy, and bang for buck are the major factors: Tourism Imbalance Is Vexing Problem in U.S.-China Travel

>>Take a look at our event schedule and find out when each of our world-class speakers is taking the stage at Skift Global Forum: Skift Global Forum’s Editorial Program Is Set

>>London is quick to paint a bright future for its tourism industry in the face of Brexit, but it also needs to accept that visitors won’t be happy with their experiences if the city loses its EU tourism workforce and that causes problems ranging from longer wait times to lagging infrastructure investment: London Lays out a Strategy for Smart Tourism Growth Amid Brexit Concerns

>>For a small town, Hopkinsville, Kentucky has some big-time lessons on how to plan and host a mass tourism event that will only happen once. The town is still figuring out how to use the positive PR to its advantage and how it can convince some of the eclipse chasers to come back: What Eclipseville, USA Learned From Hosting a Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

>>U.S. Travel’s initial forward-looking travel projections seemed too optimistic. Hopefully the industry can have a more serious conversation about averting a prolonged slowdown instead of hoping for the best and staying the course: Trump Slump Fears Are Realized as Revised Findings Show Tourism Drop

>>Employees of smaller companies are business travelers too. Concur’s latest strategy to go after unmanaged travelers shows how much potential exists for that segment: Battle for Unmanaged Travelers Heats Up — Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>This was anything but a sleepy summer. The Trump administration, Brexit, and overtourism — to name a few tourism topics — definitely kept us on our toes during the past few months and we expect more news on these fronts in the months ahead: 10 Biggest Tourism Headlines of the Summer Travel Season


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Photo credit: Activists chant slogans with placards during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's selective country travel ban outside of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, February. 1, 2017. Trump's policies resulted in a decline in tourism after all. Vincent Yu / Associated Press

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