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Australia Still Split on How to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Australia Still Split on How to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Spenser Mestel, Bloomberg

Australia's unwillingness to accept what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef is tied up with its tourism industry. Officials are worried that highlighting the problem will scare off visitors. But burying your head in the sand isn't a coherent long-term strategy.

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The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The relationship between American tourists and Mexico is nearly a century old and has weathered ups and downs. Today's drug-related violence, mounting border tension, and political rhetoric won't stop these trips, but are clearly disrupting them.

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Brand USA Steps Up at NFL London Games to Woo Visitors Back to U.S.

Brand USA Steps Up at NFL London Games to Woo Visitors Back to U.S.

Dan Peltier, Skift

Brand USA will have one of its biggest stages of the year during the three-game NFL London Games series this month, and it will need every inch of that stage to capitalize on the moment as UK visitation has fallen in recent years.

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American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines is looking south with its new and expanded routes to destinations in Latin America, further securing its position as the leading U.S. airline in the region.

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New York’s Met Museum Breaks Visitor Record With Costume Exhibit

New York’s Met Museum Breaks Visitor Record With Costume Exhibit

James Tarmy, Bloomberg

Hopefully other major museums can learn from the Met's success here. Its upcoming exhibit on camp, framed around a Susan Sontag essay, might resonate with a whole new crop of visitors.

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Europe and Asia Drive Growth and 11 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Europe and Asia Drive Growth and 11 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in tourism, we analyzed the latest international arrivals report from the United Nations, with Southern Europe and Southeast Asia leading growth. Then we released the on-stage videos from Skift Global Forum, featuring executives from Carnival Cruise Line, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and more.

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Uber CEO and Other Business Chiefs Reconsider Ties to Saudi Arabia

Uber CEO and Other Business Chiefs Reconsider Ties to Saudi Arabia

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This story is yet more fodder supporting one of Skift's megatrends for 2018, which was that travel brands no longer get political at their own risk — they avoid politics at their own risk, given consumer expectations.

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Special Parts Unknown Episode Reflects on Anthony Bourdain’s Impact on Food and Travel

Special Parts Unknown Episode Reflects on Anthony Bourdain’s Impact on Food and Travel

Dan Peltier, Skift

We don't quite have the words to describe the overwhelming mark Bourdain left on the travel industry and world. But we will say that he helped change the conversation about what traveling should look like, what we should get out of it, and how we should feed ourselves along the way.

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Currency Swings Ground Argentine and Brazilian Travelers

Currency Swings Ground Argentine and Brazilian Travelers

Carolina Millan and Fabiola Moura, Bloomberg

The Dow Jones took a nosedive this week, which some economists attribute to rising U.S. interest rates. The fall in stocks likely means the Argentine and Brazilian currencies are in for more instability, and that portends storm clouds for long-haul travel.

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Europe and Asia Are Driving Global Tourism Growth in 2018

Europe and Asia Are Driving Global Tourism Growth in 2018

Dan Peltier, Skift

Southern Europe and Southeast Asia are posting the biggest tourism gains this year, according to new data. But the United States is rebounding after 2017 was dominated by fears of a "Trump slump," and that's good news for the travel industry.

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Qatar Says Tourism May Not Recover From Blockade Until the 2022 World Cup

Qatar Says Tourism May Not Recover From Blockade Until the 2022 World Cup

Layan Odeh and Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Hassan Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim of Qatar Tourism said the industry will need about three years to recover from tourism dropping due to a diplomatic spat with several regional countries. The Gulf state is seeking to attract tourists from India, China, and Russia — like much of the rest of the world.

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Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Some people, especially in Beijing, may think of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao as "China," which together has a larger total of visitor spending than Thailand. But this article's broader point is true regardless. Thailand's international visitor spending receipts are outsized relative to its cost for visitors.

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