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.

>> It’s time the country capitalizes on it by significantly improving its marketing strategies and infrastructure: U.S. on Track for Record Visitation as 2014 Statistics Roll In

>> Destinations are developing local food-themed travel products and promotions to evolve their brand story: New FREE Skift Report: The Rise of Food Tourism

>> Dixon is taking an active role in convincing federal officials of tourism’s economic importance: Interview: NYC & Company CEO on Selling an Iconic City

Photo Credit: Tourists walk around Millennium Park in Chicago. Rick Harris / Flickr