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.

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>>As cruise lines roll out new ships, they’re showing them off to more markets. Carnival’s approach — spreading its newest capacity around to several different ports — gives it the opportunity to reach a wide swath of the U.S.: Carnival Is Blanketing the U.S. With Its Newest, Biggest Ships

>>Venture capital has definite appeal for founders looking to scale faster, but some black travel entrepreneurs would rather avoid that discriminatory world: Black Travel Founders Wary of Investment If It Means Loss of Control

>>When cases like these settle out of court, the public doesn’t get to learn much: Travel Leaders Settles Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

>>The Travel Corp. is taking three of its core brands to Africa for the first time. It’s a savvy move, leveraging the local knowledge and infrastructure of its sister companies on the continent, with the feel-good upside of boosting inbound tourism to Africa: Trafalgar and Sister Brands Expand Into Southern and Eastern Africa

>>Destinations need data to know how to help their hotels, restaurants, and attractions market themselves. While they don’t need to know anything too intimate about travelers, they’re still making sure all their t’s are crossed as more privacy rights laws take effect: Tourism Websites Are Being Redesigned to Get Way More Personal

>>While once seen as just cold weather destinations, certain mountain towns in the Alps, the United States, and beyond are evolving their cultures and economies into year-round destinations with no compromise on things to do. Can they handle the crowds? When Winter Tourism Getaways Become Summer Attractions

>>For 70 years, Autogrill has been keeping its menu and its business model fresh. Not easy when you sit along the world’s busiest highways. The Italy-based chain is one of the subjects in Skift’s recent sixth anniversary book, For the Long Haul, Lessons on Business Longevity, whose chapters we are excerpting for you here: Autogrill Designs Roadside Eating With Civility

>>These days, not all experiences are created equal. In-depth, time-consuming, even taxing activities will actually do the word “experience” justice, though they may not attract the mainstream: Skift Global Forum Preview: Startup Seeks to Turn Vacation Into Art

>>This is it — the one month countdown to the biggest gathering of the brightest minds in travel. Are you going to be a part of it? Skift Global Forum Is Just One Month Away

Photo Credit: Carnival is spreading its newest capacity around to several different ports to capture a bigger piece of the market. A rendering of a blimp, part of a new marketing campaign, is pictured here. Carnival Cruise Line