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This week in tourism, a remote archipelago finds a way to attract visitors with creative marketing, the former president speaks about Brexit at a travel summit in Seville, and travel agents working with LGBTQ tourists encounter a unique set of responsibilities.

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.

How the Faroe Islands Became an ‘Un-Destination’: When you are promoting a destination that, for most of the world, seems to be in the middle of nowhere, you have to get creative in your marketing efforts. Recent prize-winning campaigns out of the Faroe Islands prove that when it comes to creativity, size doesn’t matter.

Barack Obama on Walls, Borders and Tourism: He’s only been out of office for a few years, but it’s still refreshing to hear a politician articulate the importance of travel and the benefits of tourism.

Travel Advisors Serving LGBTQ Travelers Must Know All the Nuances: Travel advisors serving the LGBTQ community need to be familiar with norms and laws affecting their clients in destinations around the globe. That doesn’t mean banning every unfriendly destination, but does require knowing how to deal with them.

Destinations Say Public-Private Partnerships Help With Overtourism: Destinations have realized that partnerships and collaboration between public and private forces is the best way to create sustainable tourism growth. Time will tell, though, whether this approach has a lasting impact on global tourism outcomes.

Viking Sky Rescue Doesn’t Appear to Be Hurting Cruise Demand: Cruise customers, who are shrugging off the recent Viking Sky dramas, seem to be a hardy bunch. Advisors have been spared a flood of cancellations, and it looks like business as usual for cruising.

Record 93 Million U.S. Citizens Traveled Outside the Country in 2018: Americans are increasingly eager to explore the world — and able to afford the journey — which is good news for the global travel industry.

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Photo Credit: Akraberg Lighthouse, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands. DavideGorla / Flickr