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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 tourism trends.

For all of our trends roundups, go here.

>> We’re looking forward to the numbers for the full year: International Tourism Growth Beats Estimates for First 10 Months of 2014

>> History was made this week, but let’s see if a historic number of tourists will follow: What President Obama’s Cuba Speech Revealed About Travel and Diplomatic Relations

>> Even though the U.S. is still new to tourism promotion, it’s still the most recognizable country brand: U.S. Tourism Has an Edge in Branding That Other Countries Don’t

>> See who the 2015 newcomers are: Bahamas, Barbados Lose Spots on 2015 Best Ethical Travel Destinations List

>> African countries aren’t doing enough to build their brands: The Best and Worst African Countries at Tourism Branding

>> These are the moments that made a difference in travel this year: 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2014

Photo Credit: Miniature flags representing Cuba and the U.S. are displayed on the dash of an American classic car in Havana, Cuba. Franklin Reyes / Associated Press