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Tourism Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 5, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | December 05, 2015

Tourism Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 5, 2015

PHOTO: Kingdom Tower signing. (photo courtesy of the Saudi government)

Ireland’s tourism industry is flying high going into 2016 as the country racked up record tourist numbers this year. And the nation has another feather in its cap: part of the new “Star Wars” movie was filmed there, a fact sure to draw lightsaber-wielding fans from around the world.

Funding has been secured to complete what will be the world’s tallest building. Already under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom Tower, is slated to be completed in 2018 and will have a final height of 3,280 feet with over 200 floors. But it may soon have competition…

France’s tourism industry is moving forward from the November terrorist attacks and accentuating the positive: a host of countrywide cultural happenings and museum openings in 2016 sure to pique the interest of travelers. Click to find out the details.

Since the early 20th century, saying “Panama” was inevitably followed by “canal,” but this Central American destination is so much more. The country’s tourism officials and agencies are beginning to highlight the nation’s rich biodiversity and ecotourism opportunities. Click for details.

North Korea is becoming more open to tourism. Yes, the U.S. State Department reserves some of its strongest words for the oppressive state, and yes, a guided tour won’t be anything close to an all-inclusive tropical vacation, but the adventurous and curious may want to check out the travel world’s last frontier.


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