GeoSpotlight: Countries


Japan remains at the forefront of innovation and 2020 will be no exception. Not only will they host the 2020 Winter Olympics, but the country is also hosting the Rugby World Cup. From repurposing scrap electronic metal to for their award medals to creating a man-made meteor shower, this country is going the extra mile to be a top-notch host and set the precedent for future global events


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Japanese company to launch artificial meteor shower satellite 

Olympic boost still indicated amidst moderate Japanese growth

IN PHOTOS: Japan had a ball at the 2019 Rugby World Cup



Brazil: Visa Waiver Leads to the Spike in Tourist Arrivals

Brazil’s decision to drop visa requirements for travelers from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan starting on June 17th are building interests for international travel to the country. According to Kayak’s data, Brazil witnessed travel demands jumped by 36 percent in Australia, 31 percent in the U.S., 19 percent in Canada and 4 percent in Japan.


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Visa-Free Travel to Brazil Boosts Demand by 31%

Rio State Tourism Program Reports R$8.86 Billion in 2018

Rio de Janeiro City Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay in Brazil's Hottest City

India: The Festival of Democracy Sparks Election Tourism

With the big general election approaching, India takes full advantage of a new niche, election tourism, to explore the country’s potential as a global travel destination. As the third highest forex earner in the Indian economy, tourism industry generated $240 billion, accounting 9.2 percent of India’s GDP, and supported 8.1 percent of total employment in 2018. From one of the biggest elections in the world to beautiful coastline of Goa, India has many things to offer to travelers.

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The Big Fat Indian Election is the Country's New Tourism Draw

What Indian Tourism Is, and What Indian Tourism Can Be

Top 25 Destinations in Asia - #10 Goa, India


Turkey: International arrivals fuel economic growth

Despite several terrorist attacks, Turkey’s tourism economy is well on the path of recovery, boasting 47 million foreign arrivals in 2018 that translate to 22.3 percent growth year-over-year. Its successful rebound may be attributed to the weak Turkish lira, cheaper hotels and the perception of an improvement in safety.


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Turkey Tops European Tourism Growth...Again

Turkey charms more tourists from target markets in January

Canada: Cannabis tourism market to soar high

As the second nation worldwide to legalize recreational possession, a piece of the market that lures the cannabis-curious or enthusiasts is rapidly being filled. With a particular rise in luxury tourism, market niches include cannabis massages, "high-hikes" and cannabis-infused dining to educate and entertain travelrs from around the world.


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Luxury weed tourism is the hot new trend in Canada

Could cannabis tourism be Canada's next big high after marijuana legislation?

More precautiion than promotion for Canadiam cannabis tourism

Botswana: Top Safari Destination Relaxes Visa Regulations

Home to the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is offering a visa-on-arrival system as of November 24, 2018 to promote tourism, an economic development priority across Africa tied to goals of the African Union. Additionally, advancing conservation efforts aims to promote travel and tourism sectors and development.


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Botswana Named Top African Safari Tourism Destination

Botswana to launch new visa regulations to boost tourism

Africa Tourism has Potential to Grow If Well Managed

Egypt: Hopeful Return to Tourism after Arab Spring

Ranked the fastest-growing tourism destination, with a 55.1 percent increase in visitors in the past year, Egypt has a hopeful future for economic expansion after the 2011 revolution as safety concerns continue to diminish, even ranking 16th on a list of 150 for safest countries in the world in a June 2018 poll.  Restored historical sites, upgraded security protocols and depreciation of the Egyptian pound continues to make travel within the country even more competitive. Additional objectives to diversify and grow tourism can be seen as the Tourism Development Authority shifts focus to attract the Spanish, Chinese, Indian and Arab market.


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Egypt welcomes back tourists after seven years of political instability despite security concerns

Egypt sees growth in visitor numbers and tourism revenue

New Rankings of the World’s Fastest-Growing Tourism Destinations

Croatia: Evolution to a Prime Global Tourist Destination

In recent years, tourism has risen drastically in Croatia. With the country’s diverse culture and landscape, history, nature, food, and close proximity to the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is seen as a prime destination for visitors from all around the world. The total contribution of tourism was responsible for 25% of the country’s GDP in 2017 and the industry’s contribution is projected to rise by an additional 3.3% in 2018. In 2017, 18.5 million tourists visited Croatia and further increases are expected in upcoming years. 


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Croatia's tourist population 

Record year for Croatian tourism

Croatia tourism

Japan: Achieving Record Breaking Tourism Levels in 2018

Close to reaching a goal of 40 million visitors by 2020 when hosting the Summer Olympics, Japan’s number of foreign tourists has rose 19%, reaching almost 29 million. With popular cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka-in addition to the weak yen-tourists are rushing to Japan to enjoy it’s shopping, temples, and unique culture. 


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Tourism Brings $40B for Japan

Japan Welcomed 20% More Tourists in 2017


Canada: Mountain lovers are flocking to Edmonton in 2018

By analyzing booking trends, AirBnB has come out with their 2018 most popular destinations list. Edmonton Canada has the second highest level of bookings, second only to South Korea from the winter games. People are going there to experience an urban hub in close driving distance to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


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Airbnb Travel Predictions

Most Popular Travel Destinations and Adventures

Russia: Are they ready for the world cup?

Russia’s preparation for hosting this summer’s World Cup is on track. There are plenty of hotels for travelers, the stadiums are beautiful, and airports across the country are prepared for the influx of World Cup fans. Already over 4 million football fans have bought tickets and will be traveling through 11 cities to the twelve venues that they have been preparing for the event for the last seven years. Some concerns for traveling arise, as fans will be maneuvering through a vast geography and some outdated roads. Another concern is safety for fans from Russian hooliganism, with Russia ensuring that fans from all over the world can expect a friendly and festive atmosphere.


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Mexico: Smart City Transformation

Mexican authorities to implement a “Connectivity Master Plan for Mexico City” in an effort to increase the city’s connectivity and move toward becoming a true smart city for the future. The plan will demonstrate Mexico’s focus on connectivity The plan is governed by three key principles, namely that there be:

  1. Human focus on technology
  2. Legislation and priority inclusion in the government program
  3. Citizen participation

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The United Kingdom: Did Brexit Matter?

Despite predictions that the British economy would collapse after the United Kingdom narrowly voted last year to leave the European Union, the U.K. tops Forbes’ Best Countries for Business 2018 for the first time ever. Ranking particularly well in technological readiness and education of its workforce, it is clear that the U.K. will remain an economic stronghold in the future.  Learn More »


Iceland was created for adventure. With its abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, lakes and caves. Iceland is truly an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts where long summer days with near 24-hours of sunlight are offset by short winter days. Learn More »


Bolivia is a landlocked country bordered by Peru to the northwest, Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay to the southeast, Argentina to the south, and Chile to the west. Because of its unique location, in the true heart of South America, Bolivia offers a great range of geographical and cultural diversity to travelers. Learn More »


The formulation of the National Tourism Plan 2013-2016 consolidates the National Tourism Policy and presents the strategic guidelines for the development of increased tourist activity in Brazil for the coming years. It follows from the integrated efforts of the federal government, involving the private sector and public sector, through the National Council of Tourism, under the coordination of the Ministry of Tourism.
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TourismCambodia has been established under the promulgation of the Minister of Tourism of Cambodia’s Law, where the main three objectives are to promote the Cambodian tourism industry, develop resources on Cambodian tourism, and conduct training programs for human resources in tourism. TourismCambodia’s activities consist of both domestic and overseas promotional projects designed to expand travel and tourism in Cambodia. Learn More »


VisitEngland is the National Tourist Board for England. The board works with the government and industry to safeguard the sector's successful and sustainable future and develop the visitor experience across England. VisitEngland also plans the national tourism strategy, grows the value of tourism in England and provides advocacy for the industry and our visitors. Learn More »

United States

The Corporation for Travel Promotion, now doing business as Brand USA, was created in 2010 to encourage travelers from all over the world to visit the United States of America. The public-private marketing entity works in close partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel in communities around the country. Through its website, Discover America, Brand USA will inspire travelers to explore America's boundless possibilities. Learn More »


Tourism Ireland devises and delivers world-class marketing programs in more than 20 markets around the world. The organization works in close co-operation with industry partners on the island of Ireland, as well as with the travel trade, online operators, media, and air and sea carriers overseas to encourage consumers to “Jump in to Ireland.” Learn More »


In 2015, Thailand’s tourism policy focuses on promoting the values of Thai culture. The campaign aims to create an understanding of Thailand and the Thai people’s way of life, or what we call “Thainess.” To achieve this, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has created the Discover Thainess website so that travelers may appreciate authentic and unique examples of Thai culture. Learn More »


Visit Scotland's international “Meet the Scots” campaign uses a group of 23 Scots ambassadors who each represent a different theme associated with Scottish tourism, such as food and drink, Scottish culture, the activity or event sectors. Using real people lends authenticity to the campaign and also helps to convey the unique and iconic aspects of Scotland in ways that are intriguing, personable and contemporary. Learn More »


Marketing intelligence service Warc released its annual Warc 100 list of the world’s top marketing campaigns based on performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. During the search, Warc took note of the Philippine tourism marketing campaign titled “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” and noted its remarkable success despite minimal budget allocation. Learn More »


Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) was designed to show the world what Canada’s tourism brand is all about. RVC has assembled resources for businesses (including info on how to apply), the travel trade (including descriptions, images and videos of the specific experiences being marketed in your country) and media reps (including story ideas). Learn More »


Make Mexico the excuse for your next vacation and get your senses ready for an experience full of magic, color and warmth. Mexico will surprise you with new experiences: a different flavor, a new adventure, a spot waiting for centuries to enchant you. Learn More »

The Kingdom of The Netherlands

The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland. Nevertheless, the official name of the country is the (Kingdom of the) Netherlands. The Netherlands consists out of twelve provinces. Two of them, North and South Holland, are the two provinces that together make Holland. Due to the maritime and economic power of these provinces in the 17th century, the Netherlands became known worldwide as Holland. To make matters even more confusing the inhabitants of the Netherlands are called Dutch. Learn More »


Climb the highest sand dunes in the world. Descend to the floor of the deepest canyon in Africa. Immerse yourself in the past at one of the Africa's richest rock art sites, and watch wildlife shimmer against one of the most spectacular pans on earth. Explore the oldest, driest desert in the world and take time to listen to the silence and to your soul.

Namibia is home to vibrant cities where people are excited about the future, while remaining deeply connected to their rich, cultural past. A stable, democratic government, infrastructure that allows guests to move confidently off the beaten path and endless horizons that beckon you to explore define this country and its people.

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The oldest part of Jakarta lies on the North West coast of Java where the Ciliwung river pours out into the Bay of Jakarta.


This harbour town was first known as Sunda Kelapa. But on 22 June 1527 Prince Fatahillah razed Sunda Kelapa and founded the town of Jayakarta on the same site. This is the date that Jakarta takes as the establishment of the city. Jayakarta was a thriving port where traders from China, India, Arabia and later the Europeans, as well as those from all over the archipelago exchanged their wares. Learn More »


Turkey: the cradle of cultures and civilizations connecting Europe and Asia and capital of civilizations that have reined the lands of Anatolia for centuries

Since the beginning of history, Anatolia, well known as one the earliest settlements, has continued to flourish with the migration of various tribes, and accumulated a large cultural heritage through a line of succeeding empires and civilizations. Many empires ranging from the Sumerians to the Hittites, the Lydians to the Byzantines and the Seljuks to the Ottomans have once thrived and expired within the borders of Turkey. Learn More »


Though it remains far less well known or understood by outsiders than some of its neighbours, since reunification Germany has at last gained a higher profile as a place to visit, thanks partly to the remarkable resurgence of Berlin, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in Europe. But the appeal of the reunified Germany is not limited to the capital. The 2006 football World Cup was something of a turning point, both with regards to Germany’s image abroad and to its own self-image, rehabilitating the idea of German patriotism for the first time since the war. When football fans descended on cities all over the country, they discovered a friendly, multiethnic and multicultural nation that was, for the most part, at ease with itself, finally happy to fly its own flag in a harmless display of national pride. Learn More »

Nepal was established in 1997, as a private sector organization with an aim to develop, promote and tap Nepal's tourism potentials in the world tourism market. This was the first website in Nepal to make the comprehensive travel information available online.

The mission is to take Nepal beyond physical boundaries and communication barriers by providing the Internet community with updated and reliable information on Nepal like travel, culture, religion, art, history, tradition, IT and E-Commerce, investment opportunities, etc. Learn More »


Welcome to Croatia, a land whose rich cultural heritage is discovered not only from within the walls of numerous museums, galleries and churches, but also in its magical location on the Mediterranean. Here, even the shortest stroll becomes a journey down a staircase that is thousands of years old, leading visitors through a history that is turbulent, exciting and glorious.


The Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) is a national tourist organization founded with an aim to create and promote the identity of Croatian tourism, in addition to enhancing the country’s reputation. The mission also includes the planning and implementation of a common strategy and the conception of its promotion, proposal and the performance of promotional activities of mutual interest for all subjects in tourism in the country and abroad. The organization also works to improve the overall quality of the whole range of tourist services offered in the Republic of Croatia. Learn More »


For more than 40 years, Tourism Australia has been promoting Australia to the world, and during that time, we've learned a lot about what is unique and special about our country and what sets Australia apart from the rest of the world. Our tourism brand is one building block within the broader Brand Australia concept. It inspires our brand positioning, proposition and personality, as well as our target audience.

Tourism Australia is the Australian government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to Australia and encouraging Australians to travel domestically, both for leisure and business events. Its purpose is to increase the economic benefits of tourism to Australia. To accomplish this, it has implemented a new strategic approach called Tourism 2020, which is aimed at growing overnight tourism expenditure to as much as $140 billion by the end of the decade. Learn More »


Italy’s touristic reception conforms to International standards but also offers the passion and hospitality for which Italians are known. Italy is well connected to the rest of the world via air, land and sea, with cars, trains, buses and boats large and small making their way to the peninsula. Whether you are visiting the lighthouse on Elba Island in Tuscany or touring the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, you can be promised true beauty and picturesque views.  Learn More »


The Ministry of Tourism is an import information source to assist your travel planning to and within the Sultanate of Oman. They encourage you to travel to Oman, and whether you are a return visitor, a short-break road or cruise visitor, a first time holiday maker, or perhaps a stop-over traveler on Oman Air’s international network, you are most welcome. Please take time to experience their hospitality and culture and see their beautiful country. Learn More »


Russia has enormous potential for the development of domestic tourism and the admission of foreign travelers. The vast territory of Russia boasts both unspoiled wilderness and rich historical and cultural heritage. The Federal Tourism Agency performs work aimed at creating a favorable investment climate in the country, and this is done in order to support and promote the subjects of the Russian Federation in the development of tourism and the construction of tourism infrastructures. Some of the primary reasons for inbound and domestic tourism in Russia include sports, education, business, and health and fitness.  Learn More »


The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Jose Manuel Soria presented the new Spain Tourism official website. The updated site responds to the needs of today’s digital tourism and introduces, for the first time, full-range marketing of the Spanish tourism product.

According to EGATUR, of the total number of international tourists who visited Spain in 2012, six out of ten looked online for information before their trip; 59% booked a service, and 56% paid through the Internet. These data points show how the digital tourist behaves, which has led to the need for a new version of the official tourism site of Spain, whose goal is to answer all these needs, becoming an indispensable tool in the entire life cycle of the travel arrangements. Learn More »

Go Turkey

Turkey has so much to offer her visitors; breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. Therefore, it is not surprising that this country has recently become one of the world's most popular tourism destinations. Learn More »

Authentica Cuba

Cuba is on pace for record tourism in 2012. According to Sun Sentinel, through late August, the Caribbean island hosted 2 million visitors, up to five percent from the same period last year. Tourists flock for perfect weather, pristine waters, spectacular scenery and much more.

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Korea -- Be Inspired

The Korea Tourism Organization has set a goal of attracting more than 20 million foreign tourists by 2020 as part of its proclamation marking the state tourism organization’s 50th anniversary. The KTO is aiming for Korea to be the most competitive country in tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, and for the number of days locals use for domestic travel to rise from eight to 30, also by 2020.


The number of foreign tourists has surged from 15,000 when the tourism organization was founded in 1962 to an estimated 10 million this year. A total of 143 million tourists have visited Korea over the past 50 years and the tourism revenue generated during the period stands at $160 billion, they said. Learn More »

Branding Greece

Greece has no positive brand in the modern sense of the word and it desesperately needs to improve it. The image of Greece is blurry in the best case. In today’s world, Greece needs to streamline its profile clearly. But, what should that profile be? Which values should it be based on? What’s the “Greek” identity? What should “Made in Greece” mean? Learn More »


Britain is full of contrasts; whichever direction you travel you will find a wide variety of landscapes and diverse cultures to explore. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all unique countries with their own customs, cultures and tradition.
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100% Pure New Zealand

New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. Learn More »

Go Hawaii

The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking, natural beauty renews you. Look around. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. Whether you're a new visitor or returning, our six unique islands offer distinct experiences that will entice any traveler. Learn More »


Chile, a country that begins with desert to finish in ancient ice and oceans close together. In the middle, valleys, beaches and a green leafy that it lively. This diversity is born from where raw materials outstanding, stable and open economy, modern infrastructure and communications and services that place it as a spectacular destination Learn More »

Canada - Keep Exploring.

In 2007 the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) launched a new Brand, Canada-Keep Exploring. Keep Exploring campaign recognizes an undeniable truth about people: they are all explorers. This new brand promotes and celebrates the explorer in each person and provides a new frame of reference, to take everything that is good and true about Canada and make it more relevant and personal. Learn More »

India - Incredible India

The 'Incredible India' campaign, launched in 2002, was a major initiative by the Government of India, to promote India as a tourist destination. Incredible India is considered a success, in terms of its ability to connect the varied activities that were being carried on by the various tourism offices in their endeavors to communicate to the travelers what brand India as a tourist destination stands for. Learn More »

Thailand - Land of Smiles - Personal Blog

Ever since I was young I have always been fascinated by Asia and Asian culture. In 2006 I made my first trip to Thailand and I instantly fell in love with the country and it’s people. I did an exhaustive amount of research before my first trip and found a lot of great information on hotels and nightlife but not a lot of detailed information on tourist attractions, culture or the North East Area of Thailand known as Issan. Learn More »