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A secondary glance

Reconstructing Russia’s second-tier cities

Far from the Kremlin's corridors of power, Russia's second-tier cities are striving to transform themselves. fDi looks at how the Russian cities of Tomsk, Rostov-on-Don and Tula are trying to attract investors amid geopolitical uncertainty in the region.

Cuenca looks to capitalise on 'retirement home' reputation

The south Ecuadorian city of Cuenca has seen an unlikely influx over the past decade, as North American retirees have moved there to take advantage of its high quality of life and low living costs.

Hyatt checks in to new growth markets

As emerging markets around the world ramp up their tourism offerings, the task of picking out the future stars is a tricky one for the likes of Peter Norman, the senior vice-president of acquisitions and development for the EMEA region at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He tells fDi why numerous locations in the Middle East and Africa are exciting him.

Why investors in Romania are looking beyond Bucharest

Why investors in Romania are looking beyond Bucharest

Investors are looking beyond Romanian capital Bucharest to cities such as Timisoara, Cluj Napoca, Brasov and Constanta, and finding growing economies, skills and business capacity. 

Marica oils the wheels of growth

Marica oils the wheels of growth

The discovery of oil off the coast of Marica has transformed the Brazilian city. Keen to ensure this economic good fortune lasts, the city's officials have sought investment in other areas – including tourism and infrastructure – as part of a long-term plan.

Starwood uses brand quality to make global impact

Starwood uses brand quality to make global impact

Already well established in the West, Starwood Hotels is now targeting emerging markets for new growth through its Westin, Sheraton and Le Méridien brands, with China proving particularly popular.

Kazakhstan bids for global spotlight

Kazakhstan bids for global spotlight

Kazakhstan is hoping to turn to replicate its successful bid for Expo 2017 in Astana with its application to become host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, bringing investment and stimulating growth.

Scotland makes room

Scotland hotel industry set for year in the spotlight

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.

Tourism sector targets gay market

Tourism sector targets gay market

With annual global spend on tourism in the gay community set to exceed an estimated $200bn in 2014, service providers and agencies are waking up to the potential of the pink dollar. 

Travel money

Travel money: where are investments in the tourism industry going?

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?

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