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Exploring Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance

The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence is famed for its Renaissance art and architecture. Between trips to the Duomo and traditional trattorias, visitors can venture into the city’s more modern watering holes

Tourists are having a bad trip on counterfeit ayahuasca

Ayahuasca tourism may have brought economic opportunity to rural South American communities, but the rampant commercialisation of the drug is threatening its spiritual roots

Busan’s infrastructure boom

Event spaces in Busan are already an impressive draw for international event organisers. With more spectacular venues set to open in the coming years, the South Korean city is fast becoming one of the best MICE destinations in the world

Visitors to LA are guaranteed the red carpet treatment

Los Angeles is a hotbed of leisure and business activity, which is set to become all the more vibrant thanks to the city’s ongoing developments

Destinations introduce tourist tax in attempt to control swelling visitor numbers

Tourist destinations increasingly lack the infrastructure and resources to manage snowballing visitor numbers. While tourist taxes have provided some relief, the creation of a sustainable tourism market will require a more holistic approach

Vitoria-Gaseiz proves its capacity as a world-class events destination

Vitoria-Gasteiz is known for its quaint wineries and picturesque green spaces, but the city has also proven its credentials as a host of major international events

Machu Picchu is struggling under the weight of legend

Machu Picchu has become synonymous with travel to Peru, creating a double bind for the country’s tourism sector that’s hard to resolve

Bringing authenticity to Mexico’s tourism industry

An eco-conscious resort at the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, Hotel Xcaret Mexico celebrates the country’s natural, historical and cultural treasures to bring visitors an authentic experience

The ethics of visiting a region in dispute

Authorities in Chinese-occupied Tibet have named tourism a priority for the restricted region, yet have destroyed cultural monuments and undermined ethnic Tibetans’ way of life to facilitate access for foreign visitors

Mind, body and Seoul: South Korea’s thriving MICE capital

In recent years, Seoul has worked hard to improve its standing as a meetings destination. Today, the South Korean capital is rightly lauded for the culture, food and events it offers business travellers

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Amsterdam takes a stand against overtourism

The Netherlands tourist board has announced it’s adopting an approach of destination management over destination promotion as mass tourism threatens to overwhelm the city

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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