Three war-torn regions turned into tourist places

Sustainable tourism is helping former conflict zones prosper by changing them to tourist hotspots.

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Three former conflict-ridden places are being transformed into tourist destinations. According to Positive News, tourism has been known to facilitate economic growth for previously isolated countries and as well as help in the physical reconstruction of the places.

Rwanda, Colombia, and Georgia are the three destinations that are in line to be improved. More than 20 years later after Rwanda suffered one of the worst genocides in world history, it is slowly finding its place in the tourism industry. The chance to see the endangered Virunga mountain gorillas in the wild has helped in raising funds for national parks and conservation efforts.

As for Colombia, compared to a decade ago, the visitor numbers has gone up by 290 percent. The wild beaches and former no-go areas Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast and the dense jungle of the Amazon region attract nature-lovers.

After the collapse of the former Soviet Union, and the conflict in 2008, Georgia’s number of visitors dwindled. But today, Georgia is flourishing again and it is home to some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.

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