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This week in tourism, we examine how protests in Puerto Rico against Governor Ricardo Rosselló are affecting the tourism board's operations, plus the UK wants to know the extent of tourism's environmental impact, especially with carbon emissions.

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.

Protests Against Puerto Rico’s Governor Put Rebounding Tourism Industry to the Test: Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is back on track just shy of two years after Hurricane Maria, but the kind of civil unrest happening in San Juan this week is never great for tourism.

UK Government to Probe Environmental Cost of Tourism: The UK’s tourism industry is robust and vitally important to its economy — which is why it’s even more important that the government take a look at its environmental impact.

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism: Tourism pledges are commonly thought of as a way to improve visitor behavior. But done right, they can also potentially help attract a desirable kind of traveler: one who cares about the environment as much as locals.

Asia Is the Fastest Growing Region for Events: Some of the bigger destinations on the list are obvious, but there is a lot of movement among smaller, less high-profile cities. In many ways, this movement comes down to what investments a destination makes into infrastructure and experiences.

Ranchers Wrangle Luxury Travelers to Wide-Open Spaces: As we frequently report in Skift New Luxury, five-star accommodation is no longer confined to the hotel sector. Shipping containers, tiny homes, and tents are all being tricked out to satisfy the high-end traveler’s need for novelty. And now, cowboy wannabes can even go posh by renting out a ranch.

Ranchers Capitalize on Lux Travelers Craving Great Outdoors: Even if the product on offer is not traditional, high-end travelers have certain expectations. It’s not as simple as slapping the word luxury onto a website.

Military Veterans Launch New Careers as Travel Advisors: A travel advisor host agency is finding success with a scholarship program for military veterans geared toward utilizing their unique skill sets. It has the potential to be a win-win for both the agency and the veterans who have made the transition into new careers.

Host Agency Nexion Recruits Military Veterans as Travel Advisors: An enterprising program that provides free training for military vets who want to start new careers as travel advisors is an innovative way to bring new talent into the industry. After a year in operation, it’s starting to yield results.

CBD Beauty Coming to a Retail Store Near You: Some companies have started stocking CBD beauty products, even if it might be outside their wheelhouse. Given the hype around the trend, we can expect more partnerships between CBD and beauty brands to come.


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Photo credit: Protests in Puerto Rico against Governor Ricardo Rosselló are affecting the tourism board's operations. The governor is pictured here at WTTC on April 4, 2019. World Travel & Tourism Council / Flickr

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