A world that could have been

Some places have bad reputations and most tourists avoid them. Although these places can be menacing, they can also be compelling. Even more so when you remember how they used to be. Perhaps war zones or rugged areas where rebel groups lurk, nations with unfriendly governments, or otherwise unstable locations where conflict has recently ended. …

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Ambitious asteroid mining dreams

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is famous for its banking. It’s also famous for being tiny. That’s about it. But that might change soon, as Luxembourg unveils its ambitions for the budding industry of asteroid mining. Yes, you read that correctly, asteroid mining. Here at Placesbrands, we’d never even heard of this kind of work until …

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Year in review: 2015

2015 has been a rollercoaster of a year. Placesbrands brought you stories from Jakarta, Kingston, Amman, Limburg, Budapest and Washington DC. As 2015 draws to a close, let’s revisit this year’s most popular posts. They focus on perspectives from around the world, from Jamaica and Cuba to Cornwall and Nashville. 2015 was a critical year …

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Chalk and cheese

While the world shudders at the hatefulness displayed by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, newly elected Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has been personally welcoming Syrian refugees at the airport. What a contrast between two neighbouring countries! For months now, Trump has been ramping up his negative rhetoric against refugees and immigrants. First it was …

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What makes destination brands succeed?

This post is by Michelle Polizzi at Brandfolder, the world’s most powerfully simple digital asset management platform. Imagine you’ve just stepped into a yellow taxi on Fifth Avenue. You glide along the pavement beneath giant, shining skyscrapers while the smell of fresh pizza wafts in through the window to ignite your appetite, and suddenly, you step out into …

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