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This week in tourism, SeaWorld signals a real change with a new company head, travel advisors start to promote mystery vacations, and Disney is pretty confident its new Star Wars attractions will be a hit.

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.

SeaWorld Recruits Carnival Exec as New CEO: By going outside the company for its new CEO, SeaWorld is clearly looking to signal that it is serious about a new beginning. Gus Antorcha will have his work cut out for him up the Turnpike in Orlando.

Travel Advisors Work in Mysterious Ways to Put Discovery Into Vacations: The allure of a mystery vacation is growing for some travelers as the world continues to shrink thanks to an overwhelming flood of photos and videos in social media about the world’s great destinations. We see this sector as one set to continue its growth in coming years.

Disney Doesn’t Plan to Spend a Fortune Promoting New Star Wars Attractions: Disney’s CEO seems to expect the company’s upcoming Star Wars lands to basically sell themselves. He’s probably right, but we still expect to hear plenty about Galaxy’s Edge in the coming months.

U.S. Travel Predicts Strong Biz Travel Growth: Although leisure travel growth will probably slow this year, business travel will continue to pick up. This is good news for those who suspect a recession is on the way.

TUI and Thomas Cook Face Up to Bleak 2019: Well, well, well, it’s not just Thomas Cook that’s struggling. TUI is feeling the pain as well, and given its size and power, it’s fair to say the whole European tour operator market is now in a bad way.

Where to Find the World’s Biggest Spenders: As luxury brands look to expand their global reach, they would be wise to look into markets where the almost-rich and the rich are getting richer. A new report maps out where wealth is scaling quickly.


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Photo credit: A still image from a SeaWorld ad. The theme park operator named a new CEO. SeaWorld

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