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.

>> Tourism Australia is leading the industry in marketing practices: Interview: Tourism Australia Director on Being the Best in the Business

>> Americans aren’t afraid to splurge to get the quality vacation experiences they want:  U.S Travelers Say They’ll Spend More on Vacations This Year

>> Kids make the final call: Move Over Mama: Millennial Parents Letting Kids Be Vacation Deciders

Photo Credit: The fewer Americans who will take a vacation this year will spend more on those trips. Pictured is a a beach in Wildwood, New Jersey in August 2012. George Lezenby / Flickr