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The irreparable damage caused by underfunding the arts

When a fire destroyed Brazil’s oldest historical institution in 2018, the loss was felt around the world. This preventable tragedy underscored the global issue of underfunding cultural organisations

10 Top Conference Destinations

Choosing a venue for your next high-profile event can be a difficult process. Business Destinations lends a helping hand by exploring some of the world’s most exciting destinations for meetings and conferences.

10 Top Destinations

While some countries and cities are unlikely to ever fall off of the travel industry’s radar, other lesser-known locations are gradually beginning to take centre stage. Business Destinations takes a look at the 10 top destinations that we think travellers should consider visiting on their next business trip.

African nations seek to do business without borders

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement seeks to create an economic alliance between African nations. One area that’s particularly ripe for collaboration is tourism

Explore the lesser-known side of Paris

Paris has long been one of Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations, but the less well-known aspects of the city, from its South-East Asian food scene to its experimental Brutalist architecture, mean the capital continues to bring in tourist from around the world

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Top 5 national parks

From the 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to the volcanic landscape of Göreme National Park in Turkey, Business Destinations counts the world’s five most spectacular national parks

Augmented reality could transform the travel sector

Augmented and virtual reality technologies are emerging as disruptive forces in the travel industry. The United Arab Emirates could be a testing ground for these immersive attractions

Brunei boycott gathers pace

Campaigners across the globe are protesting a harsh new law brought in by Brunei that introduces the death penalty for gay sex

Top 5 personal finance tips for expats in the UAE

The UAE has one of the best career packages in the world for expats. Before making the move, here are some key considerations when it comes to personal finance

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Guyana appeals to North American tourists

Despite its many wonders, Guyana is not as well known as its larger South American neighbours. But efforts to market the country to North American tourists mean that visitor numbers are set to rise

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Top 6 hotels built into the landscape

Business Destinations explores six hotels that don’t interrupt the landscape but integrate with it, allowing guests to enjoy the tranquillity of nature’s architecture

Supermalls suffer amid e-commerce boom

So-called ‘supermalls’ have exploded in popularity in recent years, even becoming destinations in themselves. However, as consumers increasingly shift towards e-commerce, their survival is in serious jeopardy

BD Profiles

Alexandre Schoelcher: a view from the street

For his global photography project, the World Portrait Archive, travel photographer Alexandre Schoelcher taps into the serendipity of street photography to capture the lives of locals and challenge our preconceived notions of other cultures

Che Guevara’s personal revolution

In his early 20s, Che Guevara was just another aspiring medical student, eager to see the world. A nine-month journey across South America helped foment the revolutionary ideas that would turn him into a global icon

Anthony Bourdain: the chef who showed us the world

Anthony Bourdain, the host of several travel and food television programmes, died in June. The impact the sharp-witted jet setter had on the way we eat and travel was profound

Matt Wright: the monster crocodile catcher

Star of National Geographic’s hit TV show Monster Croc Wrangler Matt Wright has made a living out of helping to protect the crocodile population in the northern part of the country

  • Alexandre Schoelcher: a view from the street

    For his global photography project, the World Portrait Archive, travel photographer Alexandre Schoelcher taps into the serendipity of street photography to capture the lives of locals and challenge our preconceived notions of other cultures

  • Che Guevara’s personal revolution

    In his early 20s, Che Guevara was just another aspiring medical student, eager to see the world. A nine-month journey across South America helped foment the revolutionary ideas that would turn him into a global icon

  • Anthony Bourdain: the chef who showed us the world

    Anthony Bourdain, the host of several travel and food television programmes, died in June. The impact the sharp-witted jet setter had on the way we eat and travel was profound

  • Matt Wright: the monster crocodile catcher

    Star of National Geographic’s hit TV show Monster Croc Wrangler Matt Wright has made a living out of helping to protect the crocodile population in the northern part of the country

Business events to attend in spring 2019

This spring, Challenges of Europe will head to Croatia, while San Francisco welcomes the very best minds in the fintech sector

The Cuban thaw goes cold

The US’ reversal of the Cuban thaw was denounced as a step backwards for the pair’s frosty relationship. While it may have allowed the island nation to retain its character, it has also hugely restrained the Cuban economy

Ecuador must act sustainably as it exploits mineral reserves

The Ecuadoran Government has grand plans for its mining industry, hoping to make the most of the country’s rich natural resources. In order to do so sustainably, it will need to consider the rights of its indigenous communities

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More than sea-mantics: the legal status of the Caspian Sea

For decades, the question of how to delimit the Caspian Sea among its five surrounding states has proven unanswerable. Last year’s landmark convention provided a breakthrough that may deliver commercial and security benefits

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Artificial waves are bringing surfing to the masses

The decision to use artificial wave machines on the professional surfing circuit has divided opinion. While controversial, this technology could give the niche sport greater mainstream appeal

Hawaii’s tourism sector yet to recover from Kīlauea eruption

In 2018, images of violent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii were beamed across the globe. Almost a year later, the state’s tourism sector is still struggling to recover

CITY Guides

Madrid guide

Madrid has long been esteemed for its culture, climate and excellent business facilities. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, here’s our guide to one of Spain’s best cities

Pick of the best: Christmas markets in Europe

With the festive season in full swing, Europe’s cities are alive with mulled wine, roast chestnuts and bratwurst. Laura French takes a look at some of the best Christmas markets on the continent

Venice: doomed to become a historical Disneyland?

Once the most important trading outpost in Europe, Venice is now known simply as a magnet for global tourists. Jules Gray asks the crucial question: does the city need to diversify its economy in order to survive?

Tel Aviv: one of the world’s best entrepreneurial destinations

Israel’s cultural capital has made a name for itself as a thriving ‘start-up nation’ on the world stage

  • Madrid guide

    Madrid has long been esteemed for its culture, climate and excellent business facilities. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, here’s our guide to one of Spain’s best cities

  • Pick of the best: Christmas markets in Europe

    With the festive season in full swing, Europe’s cities are alive with mulled wine, roast chestnuts and bratwurst. Laura French takes a look at some of the best Christmas markets on the continent

  • Venice: doomed to become a historical Disneyland?

    Once the most important trading outpost in Europe, Venice is now known simply as a magnet for global tourists. Jules Gray asks the crucial question: does the city need to diversify its economy in order to survive?

  • Tel Aviv: one of the world’s best entrepreneurial destinations

    Israel’s cultural capital has made a name for itself as a thriving ‘start-up nation’ on the world stage

Tour de Girona: cycling finds a new destination of choice

Offering varied terrain and an ideal climate all year round, Girona is a cyclist’s dream. As further services emerge to cater to cycling tourists specifically, more people are riding through this Catalonian gem

Stop over in the stylish design capital of Finland

With Finnair offering stopovers in Helskini for flights between Europe and Asia, the 2012 design capital is an appealing destination for international travellers

Turkey faces turbulence with airport project

Turkey wants its new Istanbul Airport to become the largest in the world. But despite promising projections, the mega-project appears to lack substance

We cannot keep prioritising infrastructure over nature

As the world continues to develop at an astonishing rate, infrastructure must be built to cater to our growing needs. However, it is vital that the environment doesn’t become a casualty of human progress

Turkey’s medical tourism industry boosts visitor numbers

When Turkey’s traditional tourism industry dried up, the country turned to its medical sector to attract a new wave of visitors

Tribal tourism is exploiting indigenous people

In 2018, attempts to reach the isolated Sentinelese tribe reignited criticism of tribal tourism, a destructive practice that threatens the survival of indigenous communities