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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>>Quintessential North American vacation destinations like Las Vegas and the Caribbean remain popular: Tourists Stick to Established Destinations in North America Amid Global Demand Shift

>>Culinary travelers want hyper-local cuisine, cultural context, pop-up restaurants, and hands-on food experiences: These 3 Trends Are Redefining the Next Generation of Food Tourism

>>Budget travel seems easier than ever with today’s technology, but there are associated costs: Understanding the Needs of Modern Budget Travelers: 5 Takeaways from the Skift Podcast

>>There’s really no way to tell how sustainably cruise lines operate: Latest Cruise Pollution Report Card Shows Difficulty of Overseeing the Industry

>>Monocle’s list never rewards destinations that splash out on grand gestures: Monocle’s New Quality of Life Top 25 Cities Survey: Tokyo Is Tops Again

>>Approval of the sharing economy is far from universal: The Sharing Economy Is Becoming Acceptable for Business Travelers, But Many Travel Policies Still Aren’t Clear

>>Six Flags may not be ready to formally announce a park in Saudi Arabia: Six Flags Isn’t Confirming a New Park in Saudi Arabia, But Its International Ambitions Are Growing

>>The travel industry wants an open, welcoming United States that invests in better infrastructure and security staffing. Are politicians listening? Skift Podcast: What Happens When Travel Meets Politics and Global Unrest

>>Rewarding business travelers for making good financial decisions may be the next big thing: Business Travel Incentives Are Going Mainstream — Corporate Travel Innovation Report

>>How the world’s most visited countries maintain their lofty perches: Lessons From 2015 Tourism Totals for the World’s Most Visited Countries