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This week in tourism, amid the Cuba travel warning, we were preoccupied with what we call Permanxiety: the near-constant state of worry afflicting travelers in the current geopolitical climate.

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.

>>The U.S. travel warning might have been limited to visiting hotels in Cuba, where U.S. embassy employees have allegedly been targeted. But instead the Trump administration would prefer to close the door on all U.S. citizen travel to Cuba. As Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said at the Skift Global Forum, U.S. policy toward Cuba has accomplished nothing over the last few decades: All-Encompassing Cuba Travel Warning Issued by Trump Administration

>>It’s hard to see how other airlines, hotels and cruise lines don’t follow JetBlue’s lead in issuing waivers on change fees and cancellations for itineraries to Cuba given the U.S. government’s ill-conceived warning for travel to the Caribbean island. The warning looks like it will help reverse the Obama administration’s loosening of restrictions on U.S. citizen travel to Cuba: Travel Brands React to New U.S. Travel Warning for Cuba

>>Generation Z prioritizes international travel and special events more than its older counterparts. Generation Z members also have the least amount of money to spend on travel, for now. When have we heard this all before? A decade ago, about Millennials: U.S. Millennials Travel the Most but Gen Z Is on the Rise

>>You may have missed out on this year’s Skift Global Forum, but you don’t have to miss out on one of the key parts of the conversation at the event and within the industry: Travel in an Age of Permanxiety: Download the New Magazine

>>No doubt destinations are hoping that visitors will return when islands have a chance to recover and clean up. Old habits and geography are in their favor: Luxury Travelers Seek Winter Alternatives to Hard-Hit Caribbean Destinations

>>When it comes to attending a meeting or event in the year ahead, it really is a seller’s market. Meanwhile, travel costs for attendees and planners are on the rise. Buckle up for increased spending: Meeting Planners Will Face Challenge of Rising Attendance Costs in 2018

>>The democratization of travel in the U.S. has led to a smaller share of spending on cars and transportation over the last 30 years. It’s disheartening, though, that transportation costs still account for the second largest spending bucket for U.S. residents: Transportation Spending Grabs Smaller Share of Household Income in Sharing Economy Era

>>The importance of face-to-face meetings and live events is more invaluable than ever: The Unshakeable Value of Live Events — Meetings Innovation Report

>>The upcoming 2017 Experiential Traveler Report will present a deep dive into the mind of the modern traveler. Here’s a sneak peek of our survey results: Skift Research Survey Preview: Travelers Value Activities More Than a Luxe Room

>>Executives from all corners of the travel industry spoke to Skift about how their companies are innovating; this week, we boil down some of the trends most relevant to corporate travel: Travel CEOs Want a Frictionless Future — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>One new ship for most cruise lines wouldn’t make a world of difference, but for these niche brands, the expansion will be significant: Tiny Cruise Lines Azamara and Cunard Are Finally Growing


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Photo credit: Airport security is a real source of what we call Permanxiety, i.e. a near-constant state of worry. Nestle, a passenger-screening canine sniffs plumes of air coming off a person to determine if it is one of the many explosive odors she has been trained to detect, at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, February. 19, 2015, in Romulus, Michigan. Carlos Osorio / Associated Press

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