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Tourism Pulse: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 16-22

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | January 23, 2016

Tourism Pulse: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 16-22

A record-busting number of people traveled internationally in 2015, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Per the agency’s World Tourism Barometer, 1.184 billion people stayed at least one night at a destination outside of their home country last year — and the number is expected to grow in 2016. Click for details.

Japan will be making it easier for tourists to get around by changing potentially confusing and/or offensive symbols on the country’s foreign language maps. Over 1,000 people from 92 countries and regions were surveyed and a surely a number of them pointing out that the swastika-like symbol for a temple location should probably be changed (it’s now a tiny pagoda). Click to find out more about the revamped maps.

Dubbed a “volcanic garden” by St. Kitts & Nevis’ minister of foreign affairs and aviation, the prodigious reserve of geothermal energy under Nevis is turning out to be a key element in powering the tiny nation’s tourism future — along with the surrounding islands. Click to find out more about St. Kitts & Nevis’ geothermal power prowess.

There’s something really special about getting away from artificial lights and letting the blanket of stars in the sky shine unimpeded. And there are places in the U.S. that are legendary for spectacular stargazing, remote locales from Death Valley to Big Bend National Park. Click to find out the rest.

Sure, you could take the bus to the top of Rio de Janeiro’s two famous peaks: Sugarloaf and Corcovado (home of the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue). But as intrepid freelancer Carson Poplin finds out, hiking is a more rewarding — though arduous — experience. Click for her blow-by-blow travelogue.


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