The Estonian city of Narva shares a border with Russia and has a population that is predominantly Russian-speaking – making it something of an outsider within Estonia. However, newly elected mayor Eduard East tells fDi that he intends to turn this into an advantage by courting Russian investment to revive local industries, while at the same time raising the city's international visibility.
Scotland's already impressive tourist numbers will rise further still in 2014 as the country hosts the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup. Its hotel industry is well prepared to cope with this influx of visitors.
Cuba offers tempting investment potential and has made recent advances to attract FDI. But, says William A Wilson III, various obstacles to foreign investment remain, meaning only the most adventurous of companies should consider investing in the country.
Following a downturn in 2013, FDI into the United Arab Emirates has experienced a resurgence in the first two months of 2014.
FDI in Kazakhstan was up in 2013, compared with 2012.
After four successive years of declining investment, figures from 2013 show a recovery in Asia-Pacific's alternative energy sector.
Investment promotion agencies
Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, attracting high levels of investment and creating millions of jobs. But what does it take to become a tourist hub, and is big investment alone enough to attract a mass influx of visitors?
Targeting sectors is widely considered good practice among investment promotion agencies, but a World Bank study shows that many claims of sector prioritisation in the tourism sector are hollow, as a worrying number of IPAs lack any real expertise in the sector.
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