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 trends.
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>>Details are still being hammered out for this new Caribbean marketing fund as hurricane season officially begins June 1. Many cruise ship passengers already consider the Caribbean as a collective destination, but still, why did it take decades for this fund to come about? Tourism Group Ups Proposed Budget to $20 Million to Promote Caribbean After Hurricanes
>>While Americans lost some of the ability to explore Cuba on their own due to restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, cruise ships are offering organized trips approved by the U.S. government. That seems to be working out well for operators, who are eager to increase their presence in the destination: Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated
>>Pot tourism isn’t the first trend to get the cold shoulder from the travel industry. Just ask the LGBTQ and black travel communities, for example. Travelers will likely spend millions of dollars on pot, anyway, and will find out how to do so with or without the travel industry’s help: Pot Tourism Is Growing But Some Destinations Still Take a Sober Approach
>>Trips, experiences, tours, activities: Call them what you like, but travel brands want a bigger piece of the sector. For plenty of companies, it’s no longer just about the flight or hotel: Mr and Mrs Smith Joins Tours and Activities Rush With SideStory Acquisition
>>Employees game business travel rules all the time. Now that Scott Pruitt has been outed for trying to take advantage of U.S. taxpayers, it’s worth considering the fact that nobody really wants to fly in economy class or stay in a crappy hotel: Risking Jail Time for a Better Business Travel Experience
>>More people are visiting hard-to-reach destinations, and the travel companies that take them there are reckoning with the impact of the higher volume of tourists. How much growth is too much? We’ll probably find out in the coming years: Lindblad CEO Wants Expedition Travel to Stay Niche
>>Abu Dhabi has a long way to go to become a destination and not just a stopover. Here are some ideas: How to Make Abu Dhabi a Real Destination and Not Just a Stopover