Disney Is Expanding Its New Shanghai Theme Park — Again

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Characters from the movie Zootopia are shown at Shanghai Disneyland in this photo from 2016. Disney is adding a Zootopia-themed land at the park, the first such area at any of its global resorts. xiquinhosilva / Flickr

Skift Take: Disney has been talking about expanding its Shanghai theme park complex since before the doors officially opened. Despite a rough patch last year, the company is clearly optimistic about the market’s future.

— Hannah Sampson

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Universal Theme Park Growth Is Still in High Gear

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Blue, from the Jurassic World franchise, was added to Universal parks in Florida and California last year. Universal Studios Hollywood is opening a Jurassic World addition this year. Universal Parks & Resorts

Skift Take: Universal theme parks are expanding in the U.S. and around the world even as larger rival Disney continues to pour money into growing its parks and resorts. As long as returns are healthy, expect the theme park wars to rage on.

— Hannah Sampson

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Even Chilean President’s Machete Won’t Halt Venezuelan Influx

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Venezuelans are leaving the country in large numbers, as shown here in April 2018. These people were headed to Colombia. Bloomberg

Skift Take: From the Middle East and Europe to Myanmar and Chile, refugees under duress will flee to safety, paperwork or not. That’s what’s happening as Venezuela collapse and many of its citizens escape to Chile.

— Dennis Schaal

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EU to Crack Down on Passports-for-Sale Schemes

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Tallinn, Estonia on August 9, 2016. Danske Bank A/S has said that about $230 billion that flowed through an Estonian unit may need to be treated as suspicious. The EU thinks passports in exchange for investments may harbor money laundering. Dani Oliver / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Money often can’t buy you love, but it can buy you visas and European passports. It’s wise that the EU wants to clean up the money-laundering cycle.

— Dennis Schaal

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Travel Advisor Innovation Report: U.S. Black-Owned Agencies Specialize in Africa Tourism

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Getting ready for fishing at the beach at Cape Coast, Ghana. Travel to Ghana may be a popular exploit this year to mark the Year of Return. David Stanley / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Several black-owned travel agencies in the U.S. will be sending clients on tours of Ghana this year to mark the Year of Return. African travel has been a pillar of their businesses for years, even before genealogical travel became a thing.

— Maria Lenhart

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Black-Owned Agencies in the U.S. Carve a Successful Niche in African Tourism

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Henderson Travel is among agencies offering Ghana tours in 2019 to mark the Year of Return. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Henderson Travel, a black-owned agency founded back in the Civil Rights era, pioneered roots travel to Africa. Its continued success is a testament not just to the popularity of genealogical tourism, but a booming African-American travel market.

— Maria Lenhart

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The Must-Have Items Battle-Hardened Travel Advisors Always Take on the Road

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In this July 12, 2016 photo, passengers prepare to check bags at a Delta Air Lines counter at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Maryland. Packing right for a vacation is a skill. Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Skift Take: Take a page from the books of some experienced travel advisors from around the U.S. before you head out on your next adventure or business trip. We love the suggestion to swap out the hotel room’s bar of soap with your favorite from home to start your day at ease.

— Paul Biasco

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