Some of the world's most famous failed tourist attractions

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Some tourist destinations will appeal to visitors until the end of times, and then there are those that have been less fortunate and were forced to close their doors for good...

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  • Revel Casino - Atlantic City, United States
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    Revel Casino - Atlantic City, United States

    The idea behind Revel Casino was adding a much needed shot of adrenalin to Atlantic City's withering gambling scene. However, the 2.4 billion dollar project was plagued by problems. The casino closed its doors for good in 2014, less than three years after first opening to the public. In 2015 Revel was purchased by Polo North Country Club, who promised to reopen it under a new name sometime in 2017.

  • The World Islands - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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    The World Islands - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    High hopes were places on The World Islands from the very start. Following the success of Dubai's Palm, a new man made archipelago seemed like a great idea. Construction began in 2003 however, the 2008 financial crisis forced developers to put the project on hold. In 2011 it was reported that some of the manmade islands were starting to sink. Work on the 300 islands was resumed in 2013, to date only a handful of islands have been developed and there currently exists no official deadline for the project's completion.

  • Brandenburg airport - Berlin, Germany
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    Brandenburg airport - Berlin, Germany

    Brandenburg airport was supposed to be the 21st century replacement for Berlin's Schonefeld and Tegel hubs. The airport was set to open in 2012 however less than a month before the grand opening it was announced that the opening would be delayed. While multiple new dates were proposed for the opening the airport remains closed to this day. According to most recent rumors it might finally open to the public in 2019.

  • Ryugyong Hotel - Pyongyang, North Korea
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    Ryugyong Hotel - Pyongyang, North Korea

    Known as the "Hotel of Doom" the Ryugyong Hotel was originally set to open back in 1988! However after going over budget the work on Pyongyang's tallest building slowed to a snail's pace until it finally stopped all together in 1992 after the colapse of the Soviet Union. The building stood empty until 2008 when construction suddenly started again. Despite the announcement of a new opening date of 2013 as well as the arrival of an Egyptian developer the project was once again halted. The building remains closed to this day and has even been entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest unoccupied building in the world.

  • Spreepark - Berlin, Germany
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    Spreepark - Berlin, Germany

    Formally known as Kulturpark Plänterwald, Spreepark opened in 1989 and was East Germany's only amusement park. While the park was fairly popular throughout the early 1990s it was eventually forced to into insolvency and officially abandoned in 2001. However, despite the land having been repurchased recently and plans for a new park unveiled Spreepark's remains are still standing.

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Posted on 19/08/2017 4 shares
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