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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>>A stronger U.S. dollar isn’t the only reason why more Americans are traveling abroad: The U.S. Tourist Was a Vital Element to Global Tourism Growth in 2016

>>Millennials are tired of the hassle of do-it-yourself online travel booking: Millennials Are More Likely to Use Travel Agents Than Any Other U.S. Demographic

>>We dedicated an episode of the Skift Podcast to discussing the unique challenges and successes of two CMOs: What Keeps Travel CMOs up at Night: 5 Takeaways from the Skift Podcast

>>The CitizenLab platform fills the need in conventions today for an affordable, scalable community engagement tool: The Rise of Civic Tech and Its Impact on Meetings, Conventions and Tourism

>>MMGY’s annual study shows that Americans are resilient in the face of terrorism and other adverse factors: 7 Charts Showing Americans’ Travel Intentions for 2016 and Beyond

>>MSC Cruises is finding success by doubling down on its distinctly European brand identity: MSC Cruises CEO Interview: Translating a European Brand for America

>>Visit California’s video content strategy around food tourism incorporates multiple channels targeting different guest profiles: Interview: Visit California CEO on the Rise of Food Tourism Video

>>With Taiwan being a convenient destination for Chinese travelers–the world’s largest outbound market–to get to, it seems like a lose-lose for both countries: Chinese Tourists Are Staying Away From Taiwan Because Both Countries Are Playing Politics

>>Price-sensitive travelers would be well served by doing extra research to make sure they understand the true cost of bargain-basement prices: Skift Podcast: Understanding the Needs of Modern Budget Travelers

>>Improved automation, and the presence of more diverse travel products in corporate travel policies, has the potential to free up corporate travel professionals to better focus on travelers themselves: Interview: Is There Room for Experimentation in Corporate Travel?

>>The boom in global travel is driving a huge increase in new tourism infrastructure development: Visa Says We’re About to See a Huge Jump in International Travel

>>Offline Summit has a very specific mission focused on examining business outcomes versus experiential-meeting design bells and whistles: The New Events Industry Conference That’s Trying to Make a Case for Live Events

>>Cruising has quietly gotten its act together after regulators and public opinion turned against the industry a few years ago: CEO Interview: How Cruising Has Prepared for Its Push Into Asia