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This week in tourism, new flights to Cape Town will make visiting the region easier than ever and the CEO of Silverseas discusses responsible travel. Plus, be sure to check out Skift Research’s latest report, where we analyze language for new insights into overtourism.

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.

First Direct U.S. Flights to Cape Town in 15 Years Will Be Boon to Tourism: United’s plan to launch direct flights between New York and Cape Town, South Africa, is a potential bonanza for tourism in the city and the wider region. Now local operators are holding thumbs the seasonal route becomes year-round.

Skift Forum Europe: Silversea CEO on the Evolution of Luxury Cruising: Luxury travelers are demanding new experiences, and cruise lines that cater to the market are trying to deliver. Roberto Martinoli will speak about that shift and more at Skift Forum Europe later this month.

What Local News Tells Us About Overtourism: New Skift Research: Sentiment analysis is a burgeoning field that we can use to add a new dimension to the industry-wide conversation about overtourism.

U.S. Travel to Cuba Made More Difficult Again With Non-Family Visits Barred: When the Trump administration took office in 2017, the popular wisdom was that it would eliminate U.S. travel to Cuba. The changes have turned out to be incremental, but now it appears that non-family travel to Cuba will be all but gone.

Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists: The number of people with disabilities is increasing and travel advisors need to understand this demographic. If they don’t, not only will they lose business to specialist agencies, they may also risk prosecution.

When Luxury Goes Small: While secondary cities are having their moments, rural regions remain largely undiscovered by higher-end tourists. That’s partly because of a lack of quality accommodations. But thanks to the recent tiny home phenomenon, even remote areas can attract visitors looking for something different.


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Photo credit: Tourist on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Gilbert Sopakuwa / Flickr

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