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NC’s Anti-LGBT Law Debacle: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 25-31

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | April 02, 2016

NC’s Anti-LGBT Law Debacle: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 25-31

PHOTO: Raleigh, North Carolina (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory just signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, and that could mean bad news for tourism in the state. The bill crossed McCrory’s desk after the city of Charlotte broadened its nondiscrimination ordinance to let transgender people choose the bathroom that corresponds with their chosen gender. With this new statewide law, cities can no longer enact non-discrimination policies based on gender identity, among other restrictions. In response, Movements in the to boycott NC have quickly built up strength. Click for further information on this controversy.

Shh…don’t tell anyone! There are hacks/cheat codes/Easter eggs hidden within Universal Orlando Resort that unlock certain aspects of the park that aren’t advertised. Click to find out more.

Tourists gawking at Times Square’s larger-than-life ads and general grandeur are also greeted by a phalanx of costumed characters. And consensus seems to be that when it comes to this mob of Elmos and Cookie Monsters, things have gotten a bit out of hand. A record number of costumed individuals have been arrested for various forms of visitor harassment already in 2016, so officials are taking firm steps to get it all under control. Click for some ideas to that end which may go into effect.

The political situation in Brazil is going even deeper into turmoil at an especially inopportune time — Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the Summer Olympics in just a few months. So with an avalanche of visitors about to descend on one of its major cities, Brazil’s minister of tourism, Henrique Eduardo Alves, has resigned and president Dilma Rousseff may face impeachment proceedings following accusations of corruption. Click for more on the accusations and comments Alves made to TravelPulse about Olympic preparations.

Some city settings have become such icons of motion pictures that they are stars in their own right — and are still used as filming locations to this day. Here’s the short list of such locations, great for following in the footsteps of history or possibly (briefly) appearing in an upcoming flick yourself.


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