A richly appointed lobby in the Mardan Palace luxury hotel in Turkey.

The Rise of Tourism in Turkey

With the most archaeological sites worldwide, sun-kissed coasts and exorbitant seaside resorts, Turkey is one of the top visited countries in the world.

In this mural, Brazilian star Neymar stands victorious, while Argentina’s leading light, Lionel Messi, cries into his shirt on the left.

Watching the World Cup with the Brazilians

As we approach the latter stages of the tournament, EatRio.net blogger Tom Le Mesurier shares an inside look at what it’s like in Brazil right now. Check out his phenomenal photos of the decorations, the celebrations, and the general excitement that is the 2014 World Cup.

The crown of a float with an elderly female figure dressed in robes standing beneath a red parasol.

Popular Festivals in Japan

Almost every town and city in Japan has its own matsuri (festival) celebrating the new year, changing seasons, or a historic event. Author Ruthy Kanagy gives an overview of some of Japan’s more well-known festivals.

Man under palm trees on beach

Brazil’s Homegrown Tourism Boom

While prices for food, accommodations, and transportation have risen considerably in Brazil, at the same time, the emergence of a new lower-middle class with more disposable income has resulted in an unprecedented number of Brazilians traveling, both abroad and at home.

Rio de Janeiro scenic view

Rio’s Alternative Points of View

Unknown to many tourists, there are happily many other Carioca summits that offer alternatively impressive views far from the crowds that flock to Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Michael Sommers points you towards some off the beaten path alternatives.

Memorial Minas Gerais - Vale Museum

Big City Fix in Belo Horizonte

Michael and his boyfriend take a weekend road trip from Diamantina to Belo Horizonte, a popular destination for Diamantinenses seeking a fix of Big City entertainment. While not a classic tourist destination, over the last couple of years, the city has made major investments in its leisure and cultural offerings.

Four-star hotel sign

Following the Stars

The Brazilian Minister of Tourism will officially inaugurate a standard classification system that will award 1 to 5 stars to hotels based on the level of comfort and quality of services offered to guests.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

Novos Turistas

Although Open Skies only begins to take effect in October 2011, some of its intended results—namely a major increase in traffic—have already kicked in.