Moldova-Wine-Industry

Seeing Red: Moldova’s Wine Industry Thunders Forward

When I think of the Eastern European country of Moldova, I see red. That is not to say that images of this country shaped like a bunch of grapes is somehow infuriating. Quite the contrary. What I see are swirling glasses brimming with bold, dark, ruby-red wine. The only thing I find disconcerting is that very … Continue reading Seeing Red: Moldova’s Wine Industry Thunders Forward

Tourpreneur - Constantin Fortuna

Tourpreneur Profile: Constantin Furtuna

Once a year, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sets aside a special day to recognize tourism’s contribution to economic growth around the world. For today’s celebration, the theme focuses specifically upon how tourism promotes community development. Over the past few weeks, my wife and I have been working with a brilliant and driven … Continue reading Tourpreneur Profile: Constantin Furtuna

Rioja Spain Wine

3,000 Years of Wine History in Spain’s Rioja Alavesa Region

When contemplating why someone would want to visit or invest in a destination, the answer should include the destination’s competitive advantage. For the Basque wine region of Rioja Alavesa, that competitive advantage is history and people. With a history dating back to the Phoenicians 3,000 years ago, and a population that speaks a language that predates all … Continue reading 3,000 Years of Wine History in Spain’s Rioja Alavesa Region

Bilbao Spain

The Successful $150M Gamble: Bilbao’s Brilliant Bet

Once described as ‘Coketown’ after the fictional industrial city illustrated by Charles Dickens in his book ‘Hard Times,’ Bilbao was a grimy, blackened city in the early 1990s. Heavy industry was once the backbone of the region's economy, but after the steel mills and shipyards shut down in the face of relentless competition from East Asia … Continue reading The Successful $150M Gamble: Bilbao’s Brilliant Bet

The Fortress of San Marino

Create Your Own Virtual Tours with Google Street View

Have a look at this photo sphere of the San Marino Fortress in Europe: http://goo.gl/nFf09y Unfortunately, you're locked inside the photo sphere and cannot explore further. Now, have a look at a Google Street View photo sphere taken a few meters away that enables you to explore more of San Marino: http://goo.gl/HNBhza As you can see, Google … Continue reading Create Your Own Virtual Tours with Google Street View

Google Maps Enters the 4th Dimension

Facebook’s recent acquisition of Oculus VR, the ongoing evolution of wearable computing like Google Glass, and the increasingly immersive experience of Google’s Street View, suggest that most travelers in a few years will have already visited a destination in virtual reality before arriving in person. Thus, for the successful tourism entrepreneur, enticing visitors will require … Continue reading Google Maps Enters the 4th Dimension