It’s the Caucasus nation that has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest three times — more than any other country. And over the weekend the Republic of Georgia finally hosted the contest in Tbilisi. The stunning capital is an increasingly popular tourist destination — and it’s also a gateway to other wonders, including the awe-inspiring scenery in Kazbegi, the religious gems of Jvari, and the buzz-worthy wine culture of Chateau Mukhrani.
So when Georgia’s National Tourism Board invited us to fly over earlier this fall, we couldn’t say no. Below you can see some of our favourite memories from our trip, mixed with some of our recent coverage from the contest. Junior Eurovision may be over, but Georgia’s tourism industry is here to stay. Let’s do this!
The tourist flow to the republic is expected to grow by 50,000-100,000 annually.
KAZAN, November 27. /TASS/. The Volga Republic of Tatarstan will get three tourism clusters by the end of 2020 in order to increase tourist flow by 50,000-100,000 annually, the head of the regional tourism committee, Sergei Ivanov, told TASS on Monday.
“The Sviyazhsk cluster will be completed this year, the Bolgar cluster in 2018-2019 and the Verkhny Uslon cluster in 2019-2020,” Ivanov said.
The tourist flow to the ancient towns of Bolgar and Sviyazhsk is annually growing by 20-30%, he added.
In 2016, Tatarstan welcomed some 2.9 million tourists, a 7% growth as compared to 2015.
Sviyazhsk was founded in 1551 by Russian Czar Ivan the Terrible as a fortress some 30 kilometers to the West of Kazan, Tatarstan’s capital. In 2017, the local Assumption Cathedral and Monastery were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape listed as a World Heritage Site in 2015
Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape’s magnificence will soon be visible to tourists.
The Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality has prepared a project to remove the visual pollution around the historical fortress and make it visible for tourists.
The project, approved by the Protection of Cultural Property Board, will provide landscape designing for a 71,000 square meters (around 764,000 square foot) area.
There will be 12 spots for visitors to take pictures of the walls, and the bastions. Paths for pedestrians and bikers will also be built.
UNESCO added the building to its tentative list in 2000, and it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2015 along with the Hevsel Gardens.
While taking the opportunity to hoard your fave K-beauty products at super cheap prices is a given, there is just so much more to see and do when you visit South Korea! Sure, it looks every bit as modern and hip as K-dramas show – after all it’s one of the world’s go-to inspirations for what is trendy in technology, entertainment, and beauty. After getting to experience it firsthand courtesy of the Korean Tourism Organization and Cebu Pacific though, I have to say that there are other elements that make the visit extra special!
Luckily, our tour group got to experience the vibrant colors of fall and the perfect sweater weather. It definitely added to the fangirl thrill of being in the birthplace of Hallyu and K-beauty! Being there and experiencing the energy of Seoul ultimately created a fondness for the country.
With Asmara being registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the attention invested in the city is growing by the day. The administration of the city, professionals of all fields from Eritrea and abroad, journalists, historians, architects, artists and tourists are opening their eyes to see what this historic city is all about.
Normally, we see monuments and specific places being enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage List but in the case of Asmara it is the city with its thousands of buildings, roads, monuments and the intangible heritage, the Asmarino’s culture.
A question arises now on how to preserve and maintain the city. Professionals are being put in place to restore the beauty of Asmara in its most natural and original essence.
It’s official; this is the most photogenic winter city in the world!
The Swiss city of Bern of course! Wintertime is the perfect season to visit Switzerland’s capital, with its photogenic architecture, breathtaking natural scenery and snow-dusted streets. Not forgetting that Bern’s Old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering an old world charm that can be captured in a single shot.
The study ranking the most Instagrammed winter locations was carried out by Focus Clinic, a laser eye surgery clinic which researched the frequency at which popular cities all across the world were hashtagged on the social media platform Instagram.
Bern amassed a frankly unbelievable 1,082,000 tagged photos, whilst the magical skiing destination of Aspen in Colorado came in a close second with 935,000.
Laura Francis explores the distinctive International Style of Tel Aviv’s UNESCO-protected White City, reputed to be the only ‘Bauhaus city’ in the world.
Tel Aviv is a city flushed with youth. Perched on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean and barely a century old, it is renowned for it’s long beach, its nocturnal party scene, and its religious and sexual tolerance. When I visited for the first time this September, I was overwhelmed by the incongruously Western atmosphere of the city, its familiarity – more a sunny outpost of Barcelona or San Francisco than a gateway to the Holy Land.
It’s a feeling that’s enhanced by the prominence of modernist, and distinctly European, architecture.