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International Tourism Stalls

The volatile world economy caused the international demand for tourism to slow significantly in 2008.   International tourist arrivals in 2008 were 924 million, a 16 million increase, or 2% increase compared to 2007.

However, during the second half of 2008 growth stopped and the trend for international arrivals declined slightly.  This trend is expected to continue into 2009.
 

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Gibran Museum

Gibran Museum

Beirut, Lebanon

Located in the picturesque town of Besharre (or Bsharri), about 120km from Beirut, the Gibran Museum is dedicated to famed Lebanese poet, philosopher, painter, and author Gibran Khalil Gibran.  He was born into poverty in 1883 and received no formal education – priests taught him how to read and write.  In 1895, after their land was confiscated, Gibran moved to the US with his family. ...

Cotroceni Palace Museum

Cotroceni Palace Museum

Bucharest, Romania

The Romanian Presidents’ residence is worth a visit because of the sheer beauty of the area in which it is located. Surrounded by acres of green land, the palace stands tall as home to presidents since 1991. The museum inside the palace is open for public in daylight hours and has a collection of items that belonged to previous presidents and literature on politics. Address: Bd.Geniului, nr....

Copacabana and Leme Beaches

Copacabana and Leme Beaches

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As with Ipanema, there are signposted areas designating which groups occupies which part of the beach. Leme beach is frequented by the favela children and older residents; while the area between the Copacabana Palace and Rua Santa Clara is where young footballers hold court while Posts 5 and 6 are a mix of favela children and Carioca residents. The beach is lit at night and there are police but it...

Palacio da Assembleia da Republica (Assembly of the Republic)

Palacio da Assembleia da Republica (Assembly of the Republic)

Lisbon, Portugal

Almost a temple, with its columns and statues symbolising justice and fortitude, this is where Portuguese parliament convene. While you can’t go in, it’s worth just to see the outside decor. Address: Rua de Sao Bento Opening Times: closed to the public ...