Visit Georgia: Our favourite travel memories from the Junior Eurovision host country; Deban Aderemi; wiwibloggs

Georgia – Historical Monuments of Mtskheta

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!


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Russia’s Tatarstan to create three tourism clusters by late 2020; Tass

Russia – Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk

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.

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Turkey to restore world heritage site for visibility; Anadolu Agency

Turkey – Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape

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.

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Hidden India: Odisha’s secrets revealed; Laure Siegel & Tom Vater; CNN

India – Sun Temple, Konârak

India’s eastern state of Odisha, which stretches along the Bay of Bengal, overflows with architectural and cultural gems. Learn more about its secrets.

(CNN) — The eastern India state of Odisha, stretching for more than 300 miles along the Bay of Bengal, bristles with architectural and cultural gems.

Tropical, remote and home to some of the subcontinent’s most striking temples, much of the state was off-limits to foreign travel for some years because of Maoist unrest but reopened in 2016.

Vast tracts of Odisha still never see any foreign visitors and even the state’s main destinations remain refreshingly untouched by mass tourism.

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This itinerary is a great way to spend five days in South Korea; Marielle Ong; Project Vanity

Republic of Korea – Hwaseong Fortress

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.

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A Weekend Break Bucket List for Bruges; Sara D’Souza; Huffington Post

Fall under the spell of the picture-perfect town of Bruges this winter.

Source: A Weekend Break Bucket List for Bruges

22 important facts to know before visiting Galápagos National Park; Karen Catchpole; Travel + Leisure

Ecuador – Galápagos Islands

Rules, facts, and information that travelers should know before planning a trip to Galápagos National Park.

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Best Laid Out Plans for the Restoration of Asmara; BILLION TEMESGHEN; TesfaNews

Eritrea – Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa

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.

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It’s official; this is the most photogenic winter city in the world!; Charlie Campbell; Easy Voyage

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

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.

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Ornament is Crime: The White City of Tel Aviv; Laura Francis; Port Magazine

Israel – White City of Tel-Aviv — the Modern Movement

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.

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