Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Sat February 06 2016

Tourism Pulse: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | February 06, 2016

Tourism Pulse: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4

PHOTO: Dancing in Rio for Carnival in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

With Iowa’s caucuses in the books, all eyes are on New Hampshire, where the first 2016 Presidential Primary will be held next Tuesday. But there’s more to the Granite State than political rallies — an amazing slate of outdoor adventures that will have you mushing, climbing and zipping across the landscape. Too bad Chris Christie will miss out on that zipline ride. And Donald Trump’s schedule is probably to full to take a bona fide monster truck trip up Mount Washington.

Carnival has commenced in Brazil! Rio gets all the attention — and for good reason. But a number of other locales in the country also conduct pre-Lent celebrations. With distinct, well-established traditions for the occasion, each destination is a unique cultural pearl. Click for details.

Tahiti — a French Polynesian island synonymous with tropical paradise — has rolled out a brand-new global brand campaign. Central to the video, print and digital marketing push is the tagline “Embraced by Mana.” According to Tahitian spiritual tradition, “Mana” is the energy that connects all living things. Click for details about the destination and to view a campaign video preview.

It’s good to be Iceland in 2016. Both luxury and budget travel cognoscenti put it at the top of must-visit lists. National Geographic staffers love its natural wonders. Airline and hotel expansion is rampant. And it was a major filming location for the new “Star Wars” movie. Click to find out more about Iceland’s tourism triumph.

The American cataract of the mighty Niagara Falls may soon come to a halt. Century-old bridges need to be replaced, and to accomplish this properly, authorities must turn off the Falls’ faucet. Tourism bigwigs are excited by this incredibly rare “dewatering,” click to find out more.


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