Tour firms say tourist numbers double in Pyongyang for the city's annual marathon, which is part of the celebrations for the anniversary of founder Kim Il-sung's birth in 1912.
Arab visitors to Turkey, especially from Gulf nations, have steadily increased in recent years as have tensions between Turkey and some Gulf countries. So far it hasn't bled into the tourist scene, but there have been attempts to link the two.
Even though demand for European destinations increased by six percent in 2018, the UK saw its inbound tourism taking a dive with a 5.3 percent decrease compared to 2017.
Tourism is one of the country's main industries, and the number of foreign visitors last year increased by more than 20 percent to an estimated 39,488,401, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Trade gap narrowed by 28.4 percent and annual tourism revenue surged 12.3 percent in 2018, figures released by statistical authority and tourism ministry say.
Turkey unveiled new tourism package to host millions of tourists with a high spending power to meet its 2023 vision for tourism sector.
Described as the worst upheaval since the 1968 student riots, the country's economy has received a battering worth one billion dollar.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey is expected to pass the 40 million mark in 2018, says the culture and tourism minister. Over 10 million visitors hit Istanbul in 2017, according to Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index.
Greece is trying to lure back travellers to Chios island which has been hit hardest by the refugee crisis and also Turkey's financial challenges.
Egypt's second largest city, Alexandria, is planning to make some of its beaches available only for tourists to revive tourism in the country.
The influx of tourists, neglected infrastructure, growth of resort establishments and poor settlements are threatening to turn Boracay into a "dead island" in less than a decade, reports say.
Eastern Turkish city of Van has attracted over one million tourists from around the world during the Nowruz holiday, which marks the beginning of spring.
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