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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 digital trends.

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>> More destinations now offer virtual tours via their websites: Google Maps Gets Deeper Into Las Vegas With 360-Degree Views

>> Booking sites take note- Android is a big market for mobile bookings: Travel Habits of Americans: 61% of Android Users Have Booked Travel on Their Phones

>> Public parks are the new frontier for free Wi-Fi: San Francisco Expands Its City-Wide Free Wi-Fi, Thanks to Google

>> Luxury hotel reviews are on the rise in Latin America: User Reviews of High-End Hotels Pick Up Speed in Latin America

>> Lots of competition happening in China’s online bookings market: Ctrip Pulls Hotels From Qunar as China Travel Competition Intensifies

>> Skift’s new travel trends report looks at why travel brands need to play catch-up with personalization: How Travel Brands Can Use Geo-Fencing and Wearables to Personalize a Trip

>> Skift’s webinar last week offered strategies for how to drive business growth from “silent travelers:” Free Webinar: The Rise of the Silent Traveler

>> Alibaba’s investment in a hotel data company has ripple effects for some Chinese travel brands: Alibaba’s Moves in Travel Leads to Slumps at Ctrip, Qunar and Elong

Photo Credit: Employees stand on a logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd. Carlos Barria / Reuters