Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top tourism trends. For all of our trends roundups, go here.

  1. Eased travel restrictions drive U.S. tourists to Cuba: U.S. Tourists in Cuba Rise to Record Numbers Due to Eased Travel Rules
  2. Similar obstacles face all nascent tourism economies: How Africa Can Replicate Asia’s Tourism Boom
  3. French remain Africa’s top tourists: France Lives Up To Its Colonial Ties With Africa, Through Tourism
  4. China still failing to attract tourists: Inbound Tourists Into China Continue To Decline This Year
  5. Chinese tourists are the most catered to travelers in the world: Chinese Visitors To UK To Get Simplified Visa Process
  6. Stores give special treatment to tourists with reputation for shopping: UK Shops Give Special Treatment to Tourists That Spend the Most Money
  7. Outlook optimistic for U.S. business travel spend: Foreign Travelers, Group Trips to Boost U.S. Business Travel Spend in 2014
  8. Foodie tourism infiltrates every corner of the globe: Nashville’s Growing Food Scene Attracts Musicians and Music Lovers
  9. Foodie tourism infiltrates every corner of the globe: New Mexico Plays Up Local Cuisine to Attract Food-Conscious Travelers
  10. Egypt’s tourism industry tries to escape national turmoil: Egypt’s Tourism Industry Has Come Back from Chaos Before
Photo Credit: Bethany McNew, 24, from Tampa, mimics the pose of the Statue of Liberty as she poses for a photo on Liberty Island in New York, October 13, 2013. Carlo Allegri / Reuters