weekly_trend_roundupEvery 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.

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>>The State Department expects to receive 17.4 million passport applications in fiscal year 2016: Renewing Your Passport This Year Will Take Longer Than Expected

>>Each letter of the LGBT acronym represents a different identity and travel preferences: 6 Charts Showing State of LGBT Travel in the U.S.

>>The FreemanXP TrendLab research provides a good example of experiential event marketing: How One Events Company is Teaching Meeting Planners About Brand Experience

>>Travel-related issues have been at the forefront of the political debate so far: Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Major Travel Issues

>>As culinary tourism evolves, so do business strategies across all sectors of travel that are using food as the a magnet to attract travelers: Food Tourism Gets a Tighter Focus in Andrew Zimmern’s New Season of TV

>>Fathom still has some work to do: Fathom Is Still Trying to Explain the Meaning of a Social Impact Cruise

>>Tourism Australia’s new video marketing drive suggests that the bureau is losing focus of what makes the country special: Tourism Australia Introduces Chris Hemsworth as Its New Crocodile Dundee

>>The power of the outbound Chinese traveler should not be underestimated: 5 Charts Showing the Rise in International Arrivals to Asia-Pacific Destinations

Photo Credit: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech in front of his private jet at a Mesa, Ariz., airport. Gage Skidmore / Flickr