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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.

>> The questions we’re all asking about Cuba: Cuba Travel FAQs: Travel Is Easier But Tourism Is Still Restricted

>> Download the digital version of Skift’s first-ever print magazine: New Skift Magazine: Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015

>> Building something big is usually a good gamble: U.S. Cities Hope Tall Buildings and Giant Ferris Wheels Will Lure Tourists

>>The U.S. is just one of many countries whose tourism economies have taken off after the global recession: Visitation to U.S. Grows 7 Percent in First 10 Months of 2014

>> Travelers’ holidays booking habits could shed some light on 2015’s popular destinations: The Top Cities American and International Travelers Booked During the Holidays

Photo Credit: The new rules open up Cuba to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban. (AP Photo/, File) Franklin Reyes / Associated Press