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. New York City tourism on the rise: Mayor Bloomberg Predicts 55 Million Tourists Will Visit NYC in 2014
  2. China now regulating the growing tourism industry: China’s Crackdown on Outbound Tourism Packages Hits a Weakened Thailand
  3. Spain’s tourism troubles continue after two big fallouts: Madrid’s Two Biggest Opportunities for a Tourism Revival Fall Through in 2013
  4. Gulf states introduce initiatives to hike visitor numbers: Gulf State Officials Team Up to Promote Cruise Tourism
  5. Sharing economy gaining recognition from companies, destinations: What the Sharing Economy Means to the Future of Travel
  6. Travel marketers’ lack of passion evident in ad campaigns: Why Tourism Boards Need To Pay More Attention To Vimeo Videos
  7. Relaxed visa rules drive tourism worldwide: U.S. Visa Waiver Doubles Number of Russian Tourists to Guam in 2013
  8. Americans love theme parks and sports stadiums: Ten Most Popular U.S. Destinations for Facebook Check-Ins in 2013
  9. Social media captures a diverse set of travel attractions: The 25 Most Popular Destinations for Facebook Check-Ins in 2013
  10. The future of Russia’s Olympic site still in question: Russia’s Greatest Olympic Feat Will Be Turning Sochi into a Travel Destination
Photo Credit: The top of monorail slides at Disneyland Hotel's pool in Aneheim, California. Anna Fox / Flickr