Economic Development Spotlight

The National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) was established to aid in community development.
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Global Events Spotlight

During the inaugural Maserati Haute Route in Norway, riders will discover some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in the world where roads with majestic switch-backs climbs in amongst the Norwegian fjords.
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Reyka is an Icelandic vodka that is the world’s first “green” vodka. It is made from glacial water and is distilled using sustainable energy from geothermal heat.
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    Terror Attack in Barcelona Raises Stakes for Tourism Industry in Spain Read more

  • August 16, 2017

    Would Spain’s Economy Face Disaster Without the Billions Tourists Bring in Each Year? Read more

  • August 7, 2017

    Iceland's Most Beautiful Places Read more

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Malia Asfour

Director, North America

Jordan Tourism Board

Malia Asfour, Director of the Jordan Tourism Board in North America (JTBNA), began handling tourism for the Jordanian government in the U.S. as tourism attaché in Washington in 1995. She was a key participant in creating the country’s first tourism office in North America, which was launched in 1997. Asfour moved to the U.S. in 1990 and handled the press for the Jordan Information Bur... read more

Housam Raydan

Group Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Air Arabia

Housam Raydan is the Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Air Arabia Group, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) operator in the MENA region and a $3 billion Dubai Financial Market listed holding company (DFM:AIRARABIA). Raydan oversees the Marketing, Public Relations, Customer Relations and CSR across the Group. He has been with Air Arabia since 2007, helping the group’s brand development... read more


The effect of a country’s national image on the brands based there and the economy as a whole is now widely acknowledged. The Brand Finance Nation Brands report shows the benefits that a strong nation brand can confer, but also the economic damage that can be wrought by global events and poor nation brand management.

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