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Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines tourism trends.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>Royal Caribbean Cruises has a lot of new ships coming, which will let the cruise operator charge higher prices and attract fresh interest. But as the global cruise industry continues to add capacity, analysts wonder if demand can keep up with the building boom: Royal Caribbean Ups Forecast But Wall Street Worries About Too Many Ships

>>Six Flags is finding opportunity across China, with seven parks now in the works — but will the company and its partners run into pushback from government officials who have recently voiced concerns about rapid theme park growth? Six Flags Is Planning More China Parks as International Growth Accelerates

>>Universal parent company Comcast may want to get more theme park bang out of the bucks it has spent on intellectual property, just like Disney is milking its Marvel and Star Wars acquisitions. But that doesn’t mean Universal will turn its back on the cash cow that Harry Potter has become: Universal Wants Its Own Characters to Shine at Theme Parks

>>Six Flags is expanding overseas and looking to grow in its own back yard while selling visitors on higher-priced passes, a strategy that shows the regional theme park operator is trying to cover all its bases: Six Flags Is Still Shopping for Small Theme Park Players

>>Long overshadowed by “Old Europe” for tourism, the Balkans are emerging as the center of “New Europe.” But you better book now since the travelers’ secret is out: The Balkans, Yes, the Balkans, Lead Europe’s New Tourism Push

>>Somewhere between leisure travel and a career boot camp lies a professional retreat. Now, there’s one that acts as a safe space for black professionals: Professional Retreats Show Black Travel Movement Gets Down to Business

>>Meetings and events can have a positive, transformative effect on the lives of attendees. It’s good to see organizations working to provide valuable experiences for groups that have perhaps been underserved by the wider events industry: Professional Retreats Finally Evolve

Photo Credit: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on May 27, 2014. Six Flags is expanding in China and just reported earnings. Jeremy Thompson / Flickr