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Tourism Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 19, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | December 19, 2015

Tourism Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 19, 2015

Some are happy with just a wreath and a few strings of lights for holiday decorations. And then there are those who pull out all the stops with dioramas, blinking lights, waving snowmen — the works. Here are eight holiday displays across the U.S. that were deemed worthy of a drive to visit per a survey by car rental company Turo.

Thailand, Singapore and China may be chock-full of must-visit destinations, but Malaysia came out of nowhere to surpass those nations, taking the “Leading Travel Destination in the Asia Pacific” honor at the 2015 World Travel Awards. In light of this accolade, TravelPulse’s Josh Lew presents the best of Malaysia, click to check it out.

Within the volcanic ramparts of Hawaii’s Big Island, there are easy hikes, and there are steep, expert traverses. We present some of the best, which not only provide a rigorous backcountry experience, but feature gorgeous island vistas.

We have sent a reporter to the planet of Tatooine to uncover the real story behind the Battle of Yavin. OK, it’s actually Death Valley in California, but parts of “Stars Wars” Episode IV were filmed here, and you can follow in the footsteps of R2-D2 and C-3PO. Click to find out the details.

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando have added metal detectors that guests must pass through before entering the parks. Currently a holiday season measure, the Orlando-area attractions have not indicated whether or not they would be permanent.


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