weekly_trend_roundup.jpgEvery 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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>>Brand USA expects to spend about $140 million marketing the U.S. abroad this fiscal year: Brand USA Wants to Rebrand America Again

>>Cities offer the ultimate platform for improving the quality of life for tens of millions of people: Skift Podcast: Creating a Better City With Bike Shares and Smart Payments

>>Carnival Corp. and competitors are looking at long-term potential rather than short-term pricing pressure in China: Carnival Wants More Ships in China, Even as Prices Slump

>>The strong U.S. dollar’s impacts are now more apparent: International Visitor Spending in the U.S. Took a $4 Billion Tumble in 2015

>>Istanbul is emerging as a new global business hub: Interview: Istanbul Rises as a Global Convention City Amidst Turkey’s Problems

>>It turns out more Americans than ever flew to Europe and Mexico last year despite security fears: A Record Number of Americans Traveled Abroad in 2015

>>Southeast Asia owes much of its tourism growth to China: Chinese Travelers Made Southeast Asia Fastest-Growing Tourism Region in 2015

Photo Credit: The new Istanbul Grand Airport is scheduled to open in 2019. Haptic Architects