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MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES DISCOVER ALBANIA

Twenty-five years after the fall of the communist regime, Albania, for the first time, has been included in the itinerary of Mediterranean cruises.

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL TO NORTH KOREA?

North Korea stands for surveillance, foreclosure, and oppression. On the other hand, the country is open to tourists, but a trip is only possible under strict conditions. Hoe to travel to North Korea?

E-VISA REGIME TO BOOST BRAZILIAN TOURISM REVENUE

A new measure aimed at the visitors from USA, Canada, Australia and Japan is expected to boost Brazilian tourism substantially. Starting at the end of 2017 tourists from these four countries will face simplified entry requirements, including e-visa regime.

SPIRITUAL TOURISM IN FRANCE ON THE RISE

Whether tourists or pilgrims, more than 51 million people visit religious sites every year in France according to Atout France. Formerly practiced by pilgrims alone, spiritual tourism today attracts an increasingly large and international audience.

TRUMP POLICIES NEGATIVELY AFFECT U.S. TOURISM

April 29 will mark the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. The 45th US president has not been wasting time, issuing many executive orders, and introducing policies that have been widely considered controversial by the general public. One of these was the travel ban proposed on January 27, which prevented nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries from travelling to the USA. Moreover, talks of building walls on borders does not help U.S. tourism either.

PORTUGUESE HOTELS – OFF-SEASON TOURISM IS REACHING NEW HIGHS

Off-season tourism in Portugal reports positive numbers – two million guests stayed in local hotels in January and February, which is an increase of 11% over the same months last year. The Minister of Economy regards the main impact of the growth on the employment rate.

SPENDING ON INTERNATIONAL TOURISM UP BY 4%

According to figures published by the UNWTO, international tourism spending is up 4% in 2016. The Chinese market, the world's largest, recorded a 12% growth in spending.

TBILISI – A DESTINATION FOR UNDEMANDING TOURISTS

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is a very pleasant city that has the potential to become even better. The city, located in the middle of the Caucasus mountains, has a lot to offer—for example, the Narikala Fortress, Sameba Cathedral, Paliashvili Opera House or the Old Town section of the city. However, it is a destination for adventurous and undemanding tourists.

EGYPTIAN TOURISM SUFFERS DUE TO THE LATEST ATTACK

Last week, two Coptic Orthodox churches in Alexandria and in Tanta were targeted by two attacks by Daesh. These attacks, which killed 44 people and injured over 120 people, are likely to stifle the timid recovery of tourism, which has already been severely weakened by the political instability that has reigned since the 2011 revolution. The French embassy in Egypt and the two Consulates General called on travelers to “exercise extreme vigilance” and “avoid areas at risk.” Nationals are also invited to “stay away from any events and gatherings.” The Egyptian tourism suffers hard.

IBIZA: TOURISM PARADISE TURNS TO LODGING HELL

Faced with great housing difficulties during the summer, the local authorities of Ibiza, the tourism paradise for many, ask Madrid for help.

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