Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Sat January 30 2016

Tourism Pulse: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 23-28

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | January 30, 2016

Tourism Pulse: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 23-28

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Ah, Fat Tuesday, that huge pre-Lent party that consumes New Orleans every year. It can be overwhelming and chaotic, but TravelPulse’s Janeen Christoff has put together a valuable collection of important Mardi Gras-related information that will surely demystify and educate. Click to check it out.

Hotels and resorts around the world are offering Valentine’s Day packages, so in honor of the occasion, we have compiled a collection of especially lavish and romantic offerings at accommodations in both cool and warm climes. Bookings are going fast, so don’t wait to click for details.

“The X-Files” is back, and that means Vancouver, B.C. is being visited once again by Mulder and Scully, that dogged paranormal-investigating FBI duo. The show has a long history with the city, it was a main filming location during the initial run — and even stood in for places a long ways away from Canada’s Pacific Coast. Click to find out how this was accomplished.

Another round of Cuba travel restrictions have been eased by the U.S. Treasury Department. Significant for tourists, the list of approved reasons to visit now includes a temporary sojourn, professional meetings, public performances, clinics, workshops and athletic competitions. Click to find out more.

Superfans who cannot get enough of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” can check out actual filming locations. Luke Skywalker’s island of exile (actually in Ireland) from Episode VII is glimpsed in several CIE Tours International itineraries. TravelPulse’s Gabe Zaldivar provides the insider information that lets the curious discover English forests and an area of Iceland’s chilling expanse that served as stand-ins for a galaxy far, far away.


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