SC Fun While Following the Candidates: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 5-11

Michael Isenbek
by Michael Isenbek
Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Sat February 13, 2016

Donald Trump photo courtesy of Thinkstock. Photo illustration by Barry Kaufman.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will descend on Rio de Janiero in August, so Brazil is about to begin a visa waiver program to make entrance into the country easier for the millions of foreign attendees. Click to find out all the details.

The City of Brotherly Love has come in at number one on Lonely Planet's 2016 list of best places to visit in the U.S. The company's editors and writers selected cities that have compelling reasons to visit, but often get overlooked when travelers book vacations. Click to see which urban centers were edged out by Philadelphia.

And then there were…a few less. There is still a laundry list of Republican Presidential candidates, but the upcoming South Carolina primary may further narrow the field. When tired of the rallying and rhetoric, political tourists can enjoy the recreation, sightseeing, cuisine and more that SC has to offer - and maybe happen upon a candidate doing the same. Click to check out the options.

Dubai was recently declared the fourth most-visited city in the world by the United Nations, with 14.2 million overnight visitors in 2015. And you don't host that many people without knowing how to throw a superlative soiree. We present six festivals thrown by the United Arab Emirates capital, diverse celebrations of yoga, jazz, Epcot Center-like entertainment, equestrianism, and much, much more. Click for more details.

Though the specter of dengue fever looms over the 50th state, Hawaii experienced another year of record growth in 2015. We got some insight into this trend in an interview with George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. While these islands are already legendary as a vacationer's paradise, Szigeti indicates an intention to woo business travelers moving forward. Click for the Q&A.

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