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. Improving economy means more travel plans in the U.S.: Economic Confidence Increases Travel Plans Among U.S. Adults, Finds Survey
  2. European recession keep youth at home: UK Study: Younger Travelers Taking Fewer Vacations
  3. Natural disasters result in decreased tourism: Yosemite’s Tourism Economy Continues to Suffer After Wildfire and Shutdown
  4. Natural factors impact tourism levels: China’s Thick Smog Hurts Its Already Short-Sighted Tourism Marketing Efforts
  5. Foodie tourism infiltrates every corner of the globe: Korea Lures Visitors Out of Seoul with New Food Tourism Campaign
  6. Travel destinations bow to Chinese tourists: The Coming Young Chinese Generation That Will Upend Everything In Travel
  7. Visa rules change worldwide to accommodate tourists: Gulf Countries Want to Create Their Own Schengen Visa to Boost Tourism
  8. Visa rules change worldwide to accommodate tourists: Iran May Ease Visa Rules For Tourists But Not For Americans, Britons
Photo Credit: Visitors relax in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Tommie Hansen / Flickr