This week in tourism, event security gets financial support from local tourism boards, and we question whether some luxury experiences are guilty of cultural appropriation.
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>>Tourism boards are usually behind the scenes of events, but Las Vegas and Nashville’s organizations are often front and center in the form of security personnel hired by tourism officials through local police departments. Even if travelers don’t realize this, parts of both cities’ tourism budgets are very much on the front lines: Tourism Boards Offer Funding to City Police Departments to Boost Security
>>Education delivered directly from local communities, and informed by tradition, is what distinguishes immersion from appropriation. It’s the job of luxury professionals to facilitate the experience without adding the influence of their own lens: Is Luxury Hospitality Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?
>>It’s a difficult topic for the travel industry to discuss, especially as experiences get more immersive. But just because it can be uncomfortable doesn’t mean we should shy away from confronting it and calling out bad behavior: Cultural Immersion Versus Appropriation
>>Norwegian Cruise Line made a significant investment in China when it built a ship specifically for that market. But as executives like to say, ships are easy to move when necessary, and clearly Norwegian sees a brighter future in the U.S.: Norwegian Cruise Line Is Moving Its Built-for-China Ship to the U.S.
>>The cruise industry is still growing fast, and the next leader of Cruise Lines International Association should be prepared to address the side effects of that growth. We’ll be interested to see who ends up in the job, especially considering earlier difficulty in filling it: Cruise Industry Trade Group Needs a New Leader Again
>>As we have seen in recent years, new multi-use developments can have transformative effects on under-utilized sections of major cities. Zurich is banking on The Circle to create a new reason for tourists to visit the city: New Cultural and Business Hub Will Reshape Zurich’s Tourism Image
>>Skift is defining the future of travel in everything we do, and now we have a look that embodies our spirit. We think you’ll love it! Announcing New Branding For Skift Forums
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Photo credit: Nashville is shown in this photo from September 2016. The Nashville tourism board became the latest organization to offer grants to its city police department to ensure the safety of tourists. dconvertini / Flickr