This week in tourism news, we analyzed earnings from Disney and SeaWorld, and TUI has big ambitions when it comes to the fragmented world of booking tours and activities.
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>>Disney is pouring money into expanding its existing theme parks, so it should come as no surprise that the company would consider building in new countries altogether. While the CEO called such a move an “inevitability,” no one should hold their breath for an announcement anytime soon: Disney Is Exploring Where to Put Its Next New Worlds
>>SeaWorld wants to talk more about its animals and the workers who take care of them. But the company should realize that any focus on animals will come with additional scrutiny: SeaWorld Strikes a Familiar Tune With Fresh Focus on Animals
>>Connecting up such a diverse, offline industry like tours and activities is not going to be easy, but the reward for a company like TUI is massive: TUI Has Big Plans for Its Soon-to-Be Enlarged Tours and Activities Business
>>Cruise lines are constantly trying to come out with more impressive bells and whistles, even when the type of ship has been around for years. Consumers appear to be responding, so don’t expect the game to change: How Cruise Lines Innovate When They Keep Building the Same Type of Ship
>>Everyone is talking about experiential travel these days. But Tourism Australia is upping the ante, using experiences to drive a premium strategy aimed at attracting more affluent visitors: Tourism Australia Targets High-Spending Consumers With New Premium Strategy
>>Meetings represent a perfect storm for the kinds of incidents that sparked the #MeToo movement: Attendees gather in hotels and resorts and socialize at networking sessions fueled by alcohol. The industry is just now reacting with codes of conduct but that may not be nearly enough: Planners Work to Fix the Event Industry’s Sexual Harassment Problem
>>It’s an open secret that meetings and events are often rife with sexual harassment and other types of unsavory behavior. The industry wants to do more to create safer environments, but is only in the early stages of what will have to be a widespread cultural change: Creating Standards to Prevent Bad Behavior at Events
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>>Nobody wants to deal with a restrictive travel policy, and new research shows business travelers will make the choices they want regardless of what they’re told to do. Strict policies, though, can create a great awareness, but that doesn’t mean they work: Research Shows Strict Corporate Travel Policies Don’t Really Work
>>What makes business travelers tick? A new report finds that even strict corporate travel policies aren’t effective. More thought and research need to be put into consumerizing the corporate travel experience in a way that works for both companies and their employees: Why Business Travelers Don’t Play Nice With Company Policy
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Photo credit: Disneyland Paris on July 18, 2016. The company is considering building in new countries. Kevin Spencer / Flickr