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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>>European tour operators in Cuba are both optimistic and concerned: European Tour Operators in Cuba Mull How U.S. Thaw Will Change Competition

>>Tourism bureaus in North Carolina are losing significant convention business: Charlotte Already Sees Impact of North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Bill on Convention Business

>>Cruise operators say one of their biggest challenges is raising awareness of cruising as a vacation option: Carnival Corp. Brands Look to Reality TV and Game Shows for Publicity

>>Increasingly, high-end travel is taking on the traditional role that hard luxury goods have played in rapidly developing economies: How Luxury Travel Is Changing the Fashion Industry

>>More evidence that terrorism is directly impacting travel in Europe: Analysis Shows Drop in Short-Term Airline Bookings to Europe After Brussels Attack

Photo Credit: Charlotte has lost 13 conventions in less than a month directly due to North Carolina's new discriminatory legislation. Charlotte Convention Center