Vietnam, one of three Asian countries in the list, was ranked 20th, while India was placed 13th and Indonesia, sixth. Scotland topped the list, followed by Canada and New Zealand. Other countries in the top 10 included Italy, South Africa, England, Iceland, the U.S. and Wales. More than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the S-shaped country has rebounded with vigor, Rough Guides remarks. Infrastructure upgrades, the launch of direct flights that connect Vietnam with major cities in the world and modern development with a bunch of luxury hotels and skyscrapers have made Vietnam more attractive to foreigners. The U.K. travel site mentioned the "impressive" rock formations in Ha Long Bay, four hours drive to the west of capital city Hanoi, and terraced rice fields in the northern highlands town Sa Pa as "not-to-be-missed" beauty sites in Vietnam. Tourist boats sail on Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Photo by Shutterstocks/andien The Van Don International … [Read more...] about Vietnam one of the most beautiful countries in the world: UK magazine
Martin Crutsinger, Ap Economics Writer Updated 11:59 am PST, Monday, January 7, 2019 FILE- In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, listen to a speaker at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing. Kim, the president of the World Bank, says he is resigning at the end of January. Kim's unexpected departure nearly three years before his term was set to expire, is likely to set off a fierce battle between the Trump administration and other countries who have complained about the influence the United States exerts over the World Bank. less FILE- In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, listen to a speaker at the ... more Photo: Mark Schiefelbein, AP … [Read more...] about World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces his departure
Martin Crutsinger Associated Press Published 12:50 PM EST Jan 7, 2019 Washington – Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, announced Monday he is resigning at the end of January. Kim’s unexpected departure nearly three years before his term was set to expire, is likely to set off a fierce battle between the Trump administration and other countries who have complained about the influence the United States exerts over the World Bank. The official announcement of his departure provided no reason for his sudden departure. It will give President Donald Trump the opportunity to nominate his choice to fill the World Bank post. The 189-nation World Bank is the largest government source for development funding, providing low-cost loans for projects around the world. Since the creation of the World Bank at the end of World War II, its leaders have all been Americans. Its sister lending agency, the International Monetary Fund, has always been headed by a European. Other … [Read more...] about World Bank President Jim Yong Kim resigns
Updated 10:29 am CST, Sunday, January 6, 2019 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new exhibit at a Kansas City museum documents the destruction during World War I captured in a series of jarring and sometimes unidentifiable photographs and illustrations. The Kansas City Star reports that the "Devastated Lands" exhibit opened at the National World War I Museum and Memorial last month. Museum officials say the collection of photographs and illustrations shows battered landscapes along the Western Front akin to an uninhabited planet. One shows a bombed cathedral in Reims, France. An illustration depicts soldiers' graves. Some of the photos were taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, though the origin of many is unknown. Senior curator Doran Cart says oftentimes "photographers didn't even know where they were, from one village to the next." The exhibit runs through December. … [Read more...] about Kansas City’s World War I museum opens new exhibit
With just one week until we bid farewell to 2018, it feels an opportune time to look at the countries that thrust themselves onto travel radars over the last 12 months – and those that slipped from the spotlight. The story for several nations was one of continued recovery. Take Turkey. It endured a year to forget in 2015, when security concerns saw visitor numbers fall from 39.5m to 30.3m. Last year it clawed back much of that ground, with 37.6m overseas tourists exploring its ancient sites or flopping on one of its beaches. This year looks certain to be its biggest yet, with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecasting 46m visitors, an increase of 22.4 per cent. That’s based... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Which was the world’s most visited country in 2018?