Despacito effect: Puerto Rico’s La Perla is the new tourist hot spot. Here’s why

“The gringos are coming!” Outsiders were afraid to venture in before, but since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s megahit, tourists from all over the world are descending on the narrow streets that wind among La Perla’s brightly coloured houses. “Despacito?” they inquire. And the barrio’s residents obligingly point out the locations where the video was filmed: the rocks facing the sea where Fonsi sings the refrain, the sea wall where ex-Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera strolls, the little plaza where men play dominoes — the tables and chairs just as they…

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‘Game of Thrones’ locations witness massive increase in tourist interest

Due to the popularity of the Game of Thrones show, themed tours which showcase the most famous filming locations have surged in almost every destination, says a report compiled by TripAdvisor. “They offer a new and entertaining way to discover popular destinations, with the Game of Thrones Walking Tour of Dubrovnik in Croatia as the most booked tour to date,” it says. Trsteno Arboretum, Croatia- Game of Thrones Filming location. (Shutterstock) “Pop culture and television can have a powerful influence on travel and our data reveals that the ‘Game of…

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From NYC to Paris: Why be a tourist when you can explore like a local?

In London, the most popular attraction for tourists is The Tower of London. For locals, that changes to Borough Market. In New York, tourists are more likely to check in to the Hard Rock Café. But when it comes to eating at a restaurant chain, locals in the know prefer eating at the burger joint Shake Shack. That’s according to a breakdown by TripAdvisor, which created a chart comparing the most popular places of interest among tourists and locals in cities around the world. For the lists, analysts looked at…

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Visit Indonesia records 262,000 Indian tourist arrivals in 2015

The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia is targeting 350,000 Indian visitor arrivals in 2016 after managed to attract 262,000 visitors in 2015. It continues to aggressively promote “Wonderful Indonesia” in the Indian market which is considered as one of potential markets for Indonesian tourism. India is the 9th major market for Indonesia, said Vinsensius Jemadu, Assistant Deputy for Market Development for the Asia Pacific Region. Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism, Indonesia took the initiative to ask the Ministry of Transportation authorities to open direct flights from and to the pockets…

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Indian tourist visas: e-visa scheme extended to British travellers

From August 15, Britons will be one of 113 nationalities who will be able to apply for India’s “e-Tourist visa”, making the process of obtaining correct entry documents cheaper and quicker. UK passport holders will be able to apply and pay for an online visa using the Indian government’s tourist visa website, removing the need to book an appointment at the outsourced visa processing agency, or make a laborious postal application. The cost will be reduced from the current fee of £89.44 to $60 (£39), and rather than book an…

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