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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>>Travel brands’ employees must represent the growing diversity of the world’s travelers, but the U.S. travel industry largely remains a sea of white faces: Travel Industry Jobs Made Modest Diversity Gains in 2015

>>Consumers appreciate brands more when they’re transparent: Travel Brands’ Influencer Campaigns Still Hide Too Much Says the FTC

>>The paper and ink we carry with us across borders also holds a lot of other curiosities: The Passport Is the Last Great Analog Travel Experience

>>Travel buyers and travel management companies are wise to start preparing now: Corporate Travel Is Bracing for the Impact of the Marriott-Starwood Merger

>>Innovation is no longer the sole domain of tech companies, media visionaries, and Millennials: Systemic Shifts Are Revolutionizing the Events Industry — Meetings Innovation Report

>>As MSC Cruises prepares for growth (that it hopes will be explosive) over the next 10 years, we expect to see many more strategic changes: Eyeing North American Growth, MSC Cruises Is Bringing in Reinforcements

>>It’s nice to see an industry-leading company take a forward-looking approach to sustainability, but for the time being, cruise ships are still big polluters: How the World’s Biggest Cruise Company Approaches Sustainability

>>Strange as it may sound, tour operators appear to be in a good position this summer. The real challenge will come when a Brexit-induced hangover may kick in: Europe’s Largest Tour Operators Are Doing Well Now But It’s Next Year That Matters

>>Thomas Cook wants to offer more exclusive product to try and tempt holidaymakers, so it makes sense for it to find someone else to take care of its less lucrative business: Thomas Cook Continues to Reshape Its Business With Hotel Outsourcing Deal

>>Vacation.com, once upon a time, was a prestige asset in the travel agency community. By getting rid of the brand, Travel Leaders Group is looking to simplify: A Year After CEO Change, Travel Leaders Group Merges Leisure Brands

>>The island nation of Iceland is a flashpoint for the encroaching forces of tourism, globalization, and of course, Airbnb: Iceland Tourism and the Mixed Blessings of Airbnb