Spirit Tourism Booms in Britain With Microdistilleries on the Rise

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People are guided during a cellar tour of the Dewar’s Distillery in Aberfeldy, the Scottish Highlands. Bacardi Ltd / via AP

Skift Take: Spirit tourism is proving a hit with folks who want not just a stiff drink, but a story behind it as well. The popularity presents an opportunity for artisan and craft makers of other products wanting to capitalize on tourism.

— Rosie Spinks

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Hotels Join Fight Against Human Trafficking and 14 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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Hotels often end up being used in human trafficking operations. In recent years, many hospitality companies have implemented trainings to better help employees identify victims. yupachingping / Adobe

Skift Take: In hospitality news this week, the travel industry is inextricably intertwined with human trafficking. Hotels companies have taken note, and many have partnered with organizations to implement training. But is that enough? Also, the Ace Hotel group consolidated its ownership structure after years of in-fighting following the death of its co-founder.

— Danielle Hyams

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Locals Lead on Tour Business for Nepal’s Peaks

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An increase in Nepali owned tour companies has led to a drop in price and more crowded peaks. Maksym Sukach / Adobe

Skift Take: Nepali-owned tour operators now make up the majority in the country famous for its high peaks — most notably Mount Everest. This has helped enrich local communities, but the Nepalis’ lower-priced treks have also made the mountains more crowded, and last year 11 people died. The country must find a way to balance balance the two.

— Danielle Hyams

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Urban Innovation Key to Travel’s Future and 13 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Rotterdam has long been considered a leader in innovation. Jbyard / Adobe

Skift Take: In tourism news this week, as travelers increasingly prioritize modern amenities and sustainability, cities that invest in innovation are becoming more attractive destinations. Plus, Trump is at it again, reportedly adding seven more countries to his travel ban, bringing the total number to 14.

— Danielle Hyams

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