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This week in tourism, the UK and EU have a withdrawal agreement, but the UK parliament could vote it down. Meanwhile, as Europe faces overtourism issues, its travel commission adopts a value-based, not volume-based, approach for 2019.

Tourism News Weekly Roundup

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.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>The United Kingdom and European Union have finally agreed on a Brexit deal — but the drama isn’t over yet. The UK parliament still needs to give its approval and at the moment, that isn’t looking likely: What the Latest Brexit Agreement Means for Travel and Tourism

>>Europe is so popular as a tourist destination that it doesn’t really need any help growing numbers. A move to concentrate on value is a sensible approach and one that will hopefully see the benefits spread to lesser-known destinations: Europe Working On New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

>>Japan turned out to be the lifeboat for Thomas Cook China when Thailand turned disastrous, as the tour operator appears to be sailing away blithely with four new initiatives to scale up its China market: Thomas Cook China Launches New Strategy Amid Huge Chinese Tourist Declines in Thailand

>>The incoming Cruise Lines International Association CEO knows her way around Washington, D.C. and has a background in travel and tourism. That should be enough for a good start, but the cruise industry is complicated enough that she’ll have plenty of work ahead: Cruise Trade Group Taps Political Insider as New CEO

>>Celebrity Cruises wanted its newest ship to be transformational for the brand and for the cruise industry. With reimagined staterooms, technology, and even hot tubs, the cruise line is following through on that goal: 6 Ways Celebrity Edge Is Changing the Game for the Cruise Industry

>>When minority business owners spoke up in New Orleans, the city’s tourism marketing corporation responded by admitting the oversight and hiring a diversity and inclusion consultant. Hopefully these measures will have a lasting impact: New Orleans Tourism Agency Engages Minority Business Owners Who Demanded Inclusion

>>Travelers want to experience the stories and traditions of indigenous communities, but these communities also need more economic support to become more involved in the travel industry: Tribal Tourism Growth in U.S. and Canada Prompts Destinations to Dig Deeper Into the Past

>>Rocky Mountaineer relies heavily on travel advisors to sell its luxury train experiences through the Canadian Rockies, but there’s room for improvement. The rail tour company launched a new agent training program to clear up misconceptions about its mode of travel: Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

>>When Danielle Washington plans trips for busy black entrepreneurial women, she draws heavily on her own experiences. That means taking an inner journey as well: Travel Concierge Offers Empowering Experiences for Women of Color

>>The owner of Rogue Experiences is a good example of the way that travel advisors, for whom travel is often a second career, can draw on past experiences to reinvent themselves in a fulfilling way: Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Leading Life-Changing Tours for Women of Color

>>If one of the goals of wellness is to connect with others, well-being brands are wise to create communities that allow people to bond with one another and feel like they’re a part of something bigger than themselves: Wellness Newsletter: Nike, Sweaty Betty, and Others Get Serious About Building Communities

>>Well-heeled newlyweds are hoofing to destinations far beyond the beach for their honeymoons these days. Influenced by Instagram and luxury travel advisors, couples with means are looking for more meaningful, adventure-filled, post-wedding getaways: Instagram Helps Shape New Honeymoon Experiences

>>Like so many other aspects of the travel industry, honeymoons are evolving. Today’s newlyweds want something very different than past generations: How Honeymoons Are Changing

>>The Skift Foundation is excited to start working with local businesses in tourism-heavy communities in Puerto Rico, and learn as much from it as we hope to help: Skift Foundation Teams With Foundation for Puerto Rico in Visitor Economy Recovery Initiatives


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Photo credit: The United Kingdom and European Union have finally agreed on a Brexit deal. Robert Hutton / Bloomberg

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