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. The rise of dark tourism worldwide: Iowa Town Closes Prison with Plans to Turn It into a Tourist Attraction
  2. The rise of dark tourism worldwide: Tourism Sites Representing Tragedies Attract Rapt Audiences Worldwide
  3. Editors make ‘top travel’ lists based on where events will be: The Trends That Are Driving 2014′s ‘Top Travel Destinations’ Lists
  4. Travel is again proven to make you healthier: Vacations Are Healthy For Retirees, Reducing Risk of Heart Attack and Depression
  5. The habits of different nationalities on TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor’s Most-Reviewed Cities of 2013
  6. Big changes coming to agencies that lead NYC’s travel initiatives: NYC Transport and Tourism Leaders Follow Bloomberg Out of Mayor Office
  7. Bikeshares continue to crop up across the U.S.: Austin Is the Latest U.S. City to Launch a Bikeshare Program
  8. How tourism marketers use new media to draw visitors: Visit Philly CEO on Using New Media to Rebrand an Old City
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