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.

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>> Social media isn’t always enough for parks’ marketing: Public Parks in U.S. Cities Find New Ways to Market to Locals and Tourists

>> Given recent tragedies, this isn’t too surprising: Gun Tourism Doesn’t Appeal To Vast Majority of Americans

>> On the other hand…Gun Tourism Quietly Grows in Popularity Among International Visitors

>> Destinations realize LGBT travelers are a very valuable market: Coming Out Is the Hottest New Destination Marketing Trend

>> More U.S. travelers went abroad in April 2014 than in April 2013:  U.S. Outbound Tourism Snapshot for April 2014

>> Southeast Asia is losing a gigantic market: Chinese Travelers Are Staying Away From Southeast Asia, Even With Discounts

>> The World Cup was smart, apparently: Most World Cup Attendees Were Young, Educated Males

>> “Geotourism” encourages sustainability for destinations: What Happens When Tourists Love a Destination to Death?

 

Photo Credit: Advance for Thailand Challenging Chinese, in this photo taken March 30, 2014, Chinese tourists pose for photograph at the main entrance to Chiang Mai university in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. The bucolic, once laidback, campus of one of Thailand’s top universities seems to be under a security clampdown these days. Not against a terrorist threat, but Chinese tourists, thousands of them, who have clambered aboard student buses, eaten in cafeterias, sneaked into classes to attend lectures and even pitched a tent by a picturesque lake. Apichart Weerawong / Associated Press