This week in tourism, Palau continues insisting that tourists help safeguard its natural environment and culture. Then, safaris are not what they used to be. Younger travelers with less to spend and an eye on conservation have more options.
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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>>The hugely celebrated campaign, Palau Pledge, has not brought in more arrivals to Palau, which is also being hit by a China ban. Nobody should expect it to. Here’s why: Palau Campaign Stands Tough on Environment Despite Hit to Tourism
>>As African countries continue to grow their tourism markets, travelers are learning that a safari doesn’t necessarily have to be a luxury, once-in-a-lifetime thing. Rather, some innovators are creating reasonably priced experiences that can serve as a great entry point for a wider range of visitors: Courting a New Generation of Safari Goers
>>Many travelers don’t realize that Honduras’ ecotourism industry has a luxury side to it, but that doesn’t mean conservation is an afterthought: Honduran Butterfly Farmer Puts Conservation Before Luxury at Ecolodge
>>Bringing actress Kate Hudson on as a brand ambassador could expand WW’s consumer base, but it’s unclear whether the original Weight Watchers audience will get on board both with her and the brand’s new wellness angle: Rebranded Weight Watchers Moves Further Away From Diet Focus
>>Agencies and venues have stepped up to the plate to meet rising safety and security concerns among meetings organizers. The challenge is to fulfill duty of care obligations without impacting the delegate experience: New Safety Concerns Present Complicated Challenge for Event Organizers
>>The world is a dangerous place. As event planners are forced to manage and monitor risk, it’s important to remember there are best practices for protecting your attendees: Event Security Trends in the New Year
>>There’s optimism for the global travel industry in 2019, although headwinds are likely to affect business travel in particular: Bold Predictions for Biz Travel
>>Skift staffers weigh in on their travel resolutions for 2019. Prepare to be inspired, both by their goals and by the work they will continue to deliver in the new year: Travel Resolutions for 2019: Top Picks From Skift Staff
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Photo Credit: Kayaks in Palau on March 16, 2008. Palau is the first country in the world to ask visitors to sign a declaration in passports to protect its environment and culture for the next generation. LuxTonnerre / Flickr
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