Meliá Hotels Wants to Address Overtourism By Focusing on Quality Over Quantity

André Gerondeau, chief operating officer of Meliá Hotels International, spoke in the Skift Take Studio.

Skift Take: The travel industry is still trying to figure out the best way to deal with overtourism — but just the fact that so many players are talking about the issue is a good thing.

— Hannah Sampson

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State Tourism Budget Growth Slows Ahead of Governors’ Races in Midterms

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Oregon saw the largest increase in its state tourism marketing this year. Pictured are tourists at Ecola Point Overlook in Oregon’s Ecola State Park. David Fulmer

Skift Take: The future of tourism marketing in the United States will be on the ballot in more than three dozen states in one way or another this November. While most voters probably won’t realize that, tourism is one of the most important economic drivers they’ll be voting for.

— Dan Peltier

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The Philippines Aspires to Shift Visitors From Beaches to Culinary Tourism

Some of the cuisine of the Philippines. Tourism officials want visitors to focus on the destination’s food.

Skift Take: The Philippines’ new tourism chief is hoping that millennials will be inspired by social media sites like WeChat and Instagram to visit its culinary destinations as the government considers imposing quotas on beachgoers. Tourism officials worldwide will be watching to see how it turns out.

— Sean O’Neill

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Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

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A new study concludes visitors may be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting their visits short because of pollution. Pictured is a Sept. 4, 2011 file photo of the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station northeast of Grand Canyon National Park as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. Ross D. Franklin

Skift Take: U.S. national parks are supposed to showcase America’s natural wonders, so it’s no surprise that visitors would stay away on days when the air might be full of pollution. Given the current administration’s eagerness to roll back environmental regulations, we don’t see this problem being fixed anytime soon.

— Dan Peltier

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Google’s EU Fine and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

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A Google office in Madrid, Spain, on May 20, 2010. The European Commission fined the company $5 billion. David Martín :: Suki_ ::

Skift Take: This week in digital news, the European Commission may soon scrutinize Google’s travel products, and big travel tech players handle recent leadership changes. And don’t miss our new podcast: The Amazon Factor in Travel.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Eventbrite Readies IPO After Period of Event Ticketing Consolidation

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Eventbrite co-founders Kevin and Julia Hartz at Eventbrite headquarters in San Francisco. Stefan Wieland

Skift Take: Eventbrite’s rise has happened in tandem with that of the experience economy at large. Both the consumer and enterprise event technology sectors have thrived in recent years, with mobile tools redefining how people research and buy tickets to events.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Tourism Boards Fund Event Security and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Nashville is shown in this photo from September 2016. The Nashville tourism board became the latest organization to offer grants to its city police department to ensure the safety of tourists. dconvertini

Skift Take: This week in tourism, event security gets financial support from local tourism boards, and we question whether some luxury experiences are guilty of cultural appropriation.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Pilotless Planes and Five Other Innovations That Could Change the Skies

Engineers at Rolls-Royce have developed miniature robots designed to speed up engine overhauls by removing the need for powerplants to be detached from the aircraft during maintenance visits.

Skift Take: A lot of this stuff is cool, and some of it may come to fruition. But only one thing scares pilot unions worldwide: pilotless planes, which are probably more feasible than most people think. That doesn’t mean they’re a good idea, though.

— Brian Sumers

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