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 dollar’s power makes visiting the U.S. tougher: 7 Charts That Show the Health of U.S. Travel Economy in 2015 and Beyond

>> Local food and drink now offers a compelling (and delicious) way for destinations to stand apart: Skift Podcast Episode 2: How Culinary Obsessions Are Changing the Way We Travel

>> On marketing a region as one destination: Interview: CEO of Caribbean Tourism Organization on Marketing the Region as One Destination

>> TripAdvisor has a huge influence on travel startups and small companies around the world: The Small Medellin Tour Operator That Knows the Importance of TripAdvisor

>> Sadly the result is almost the same as last year: Skift Survey: Majority of Americans Will Take Little to No Vacation This Summer

>> Now the challenge is to get the right kind of talent to build for this growth: 5 Charts That Show Why the Travel Industry Is the World’s Fastest Growing Sector


Photo Credit: New York is the biggest tourist gateway and destination in the U.S Alyssa Smith