Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings – including castles, houses, and towers – in a bid to boost ‘slow tourism’ and tempt visitors away from the overcrowded city centers. To get your hands on the sites, you need to have a clear plan of how they’d be transformed into a tourist facility. Successful applicants will get the rights to the property for nine years, with the option to renew the contract for a further nine. And entrepreneurs with a proposal for turning the sites into a tourist facility could be given a 50-year lease in some cases.
A beach in Russia is covered in “sea glass,” small, polished, colorful pieces of glass that formed from garbage dumped into the ocean. The beach is so beautiful, it has become a tourist destination.
Uniquely, the Norwegian special territory of Svalbard is an entirely visa-free zone. No person is required visa or residence permit, and anyone may live and work in Svalbard indefinitely, regardless of citizenship.
After its tourism sector boomed, Kazakhstan’s foreign minister thanked Sacha Baron Cohen in 2012 for the release of Borat after the country saw a 10x increase in issued visas.
A man diagnosed with terminal liver cancer used his life savings to have a road built in his home village for tourism and trade instead of trying to beat cancer.
Annually Paris experiences nearly 20 cases of mental break downs from visiting Japanese tourists, whom cannot reconcile the disparity between the Japanese popular image of Paris and the reality of Paris.
The Empire State Building makes more money from tickets sales for its observation decks than it does from renting office space.