This week in tourism, SeaWorld adds new roller coasters as it climbs back from the Blackfish scandal, the trade war with China hurts U.S. tourism, and destinations emphasize their health-oriented attractions as wellness tourism takes over.
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.
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SeaWorld’s Rebound Appears to Be Sticking: The news has been consistently positive for SeaWorld lately after a long stretch of disappointing results. With new leadership and a strategy that has been working, 2019 is shaping up well.
China Tourism Stall Leads to U.S. Drop in Foreign Visitor Spending: Even though official government data is still unavailable for 2018, reports show the United States is losing ground when it comes to international tourism — and especially key markets like China. What will it take to turn that trend around
Travel Advisors Think Mexico Is Hurting Its Own Tourism Prospects: The announced closures of the Mexico Tourism Board offices make little sense to travel advisors who sell the destination. Already challenged to convince some clients about the destination’s safety, they say the timing couldn’t be worse.
Travel Megatrends 2019: Wellness Is the New Hook in Travel Marketing. It used to be food that created the buzz that lured travelers to all sorts of destinations. Now, wellness is taking over as travelers seek out healthier, more active vacations. Food is still a draw, of course, but it better satisfy a wellness craving.
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Photo credit: The Kraken roller coaster at SeaWorld. After years of disappointing results, the theme park is starting to recover. Josh Hallett / Flickr