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For this week in tourism, besides the halting of Trump's third travel ban, we concentrated on Puerto Rico's recovery plan for leisure and business travel. We also have an eye on uncertainty in Catalonia.

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.

>>Universal is working to get vacationers to spend more time at their hotels and parks, and they likely had an advantage with dog owners. It’s smart for Disney to make some of its hotels dog-friendly — and we wonder what this trial will lead to: Disney-Universal Theme Park Wars Are Going to the Dogs

>>The Caribbean was suffering from a man-made marketing-funding crisis even before Mother Nature brought destructive hurricanes to its doorsteps this year. Tourism officials are pleading with the travel industry to get involved and help build its fund for this year and the future: Caribbean Destinations Hope for Marketing Campaign if They Can Find the Money

>>As the developed markets reach their saturation point in outbound travel, emerging markets are moving in to become the dominant contributors to international tourism expenditure: Emerging Markets Upended the Balance of Power in Tourism Spending

>>The world has always been a complicated place, but shifting geopolitical tensions and the echo chamber of social media have contributed to a culture of anxiety affecting travelers around the world: Looking at the World Through Anxious Eyes

>>Cruise passengers are still taking the trips they had planned for this time of year in the Caribbean, despite recent storms. As operators seek to reassure travelers that the region is open for business, it’s still unclear how demand for cruises next hurricane season will hold up: Cruise Execs Are Talking Up the Caribbean as Key Ports Recover

>>Even luxury destinations must diversify their destination’s offerings to bolster the economy in the off-season. Breckenridge’s slow and thoughtful approach can serve as a role model: Luxury Ski Spot Breckenridge Tries to Diversify Its Seasonal Economy

>>While part of the goal of Belmond’s new branding campaign is to establish itself as an entity apart from its former Orient Express moniker, we wonder if the images it presents may be just a little too reminiscent of its former self: Belmond Looks to Solidify Its Brand Image Against Competitor With Its Old Name

>>International spending on luxury goods often tracks movements in worldwide travel. A recent report sheds light on how travel and high-end shopping are intertwined: Why Luxury Travel Brands Should Pay Attention to High-End Retail Trends

>>Another travel ban has been halted, this time just hours before taking effect. At no point have the executive orders been able to prove that letting people from Muslim-majority countries into the U.S. would have a detrimental effect on security: Trump’s Third Travel Ban Halted by Hawaii Judge

>>In a complicated world, businesses are concerned with the safety of their workers on the road. Technology can help ease business traveler anxiety, but there is no flawless solution when something goes wrong: What’s Worrying the Business Traveler

>>The Puerto Rico Convention Bureau is actively selling for 2018 meetings and conventions despite the fallout from Hurricane Maria, but with the rebuilding efforts, the island should reposition itself more as a hub of industry innovation rather than just a U.S. tropical paradise: Puerto Rico Convention Bureau CEO Is Focusing on 2018 After Hurricane Maria

>>A prolonged period of uncertainty over Catalonia’s future does nobody any favors. The region and the city of Barcelona have endured a difficult 2017 and it will be interesting to see if this has any impact on tourism in 2018: Catalonia’s Bid for Independence Is Complicating Tourism in Spain

>>The last thing Carnival Corp. wants is for its much-hyped new technology to be a flop with guests. So a phased rollout it is — though we wonder why that wasn’t the plan from the beginning: Carnival Corp. Is Delaying the Full Launch of Its New Wearable Tech

>>With so much weighing on the minds of meeting and event planners today, we wanted to take a closer look at what lies ahead: Forging Ahead in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas — Meetings Innovation Report

>>Travel managers may finally take the initiative to improve quality of life for their travelers in a meaningful way. Business travelers themselves remain worried about the negative effects of traveling for work: Business Travelers Remain Concerned About Work-Life Balance

>>Although China is the largest market in outbound travel, a deeper look at the figures shows that China is still far from its potential. Just 8.7 percent of Chinese hold a passport today: China Outbound Travel Spending Disparity Shows Enormous Growth Potential

>>Traveling for work can be fun, but it represents a huge hassle. Travel managers are finally working to adapt to the needs of the travelers they serve: Business Traveler Anxiety Is Here to Stay — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report


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Photo credit: President Donald Trump ordered restrictions on travel to the U.S. from eight countries, replacing his ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. Bloomberg

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