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Beijing - The Chinese government on Thursday rejected state media reports that it planned to start tourist cruises to a disputed island group in the South China Sea.
Bangkok - Thailand's Dusit Group hotel chain opened a new luxury property in the Maldives this month that promises it a much sunnier future than any of their hotels at home.
Hong Kong - Hong Kong International Airport handled a record 187,000 passengers on January 28, the city's Airport Authority said Monday.
Moscow - A French-Russian joint venture company will invest 30 billion dollars to develop tourism infrastructure in the restive Caucasus region, a Russian politician said Wednesday.
Cancun, Mexico - Ask foreigners on Cancun's glistening white beaches what comes to mind when they think of Mexico, and the answers aren't exactly fun in the sun.
Hong Kong - The cable car ride to the Big Buddha statue in Hong Kong was suspended Thursday after 700 tourists were trapped in cold conditions for up to 90 minutes by a breakdown.
London - British travel firm Thomas Cook has seen a drop of one third in bookings for package holidays for the summer of 2012, the Financial Times (FT) reported Monday.
Madrid - International tourism grew by 4.4 per cent to 980 million arrivals in 2011, despite economic stagnation in the wake of the global crisis, the United Nations' World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Monday.
New Delhi - India's government ordered an inquiry into a video showing semi-naked tribal women allegedly dancing for food, news reports said Thursday.
New Delhi - India's government has ordered a probe into a video showing semi-naked tribal women allegedly dancing for food, news reports said Thursday.
Cairo - The Grand Egyptian Museum, which will house more than 100,000 artefacts and monuments from the pharaonic era, is to be inaugurated in 2015, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Tuesday.
Madrid - Tourism remains one of the mainstays of Spain's crisis-hit economy, growing by 8.1 per cent in 2011, preliminary figures showed Tuesday.
Valletta - The Mediterranean island-nation of Malta is celebrating a record year for tourism, despite the odds stacked up against it.
Kathmandu - Nepal staged its annual elephant beauty pageant Wednesday, with the creatures parading along a catwalk before a panel of judges in the south-west of the country.
Kathmandu - A three-day international elephant festival began Monday in Nepal in Suraha, in the south-western district of Chitwan.
Bangkok - Phuket Island on Monday held memorial ceremonies for more than 5,000 lives lost during the December 26, 2004 tsunami that caught Thailand's Andaman coastline by surprise.
Bangkok - Phuket Island on Monday held memorial ceremonies for the more than 5,000 lives lost during the December 26, 2004 tsunami that caught Thailand's Andaman coastline by surprise.
London - British travel company Thomas Cook reported an annual loss of 398 million pounds (616 million dollars) on Wednesday, partly blaming the result on the political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East and on a rise in internet bookings.
Wellington - Two women who drowned when they were swept away while trying to cross a river on New Zealand's South Island were named Monday as tourists from Singapore and Taiwan.
Hong Kong - Hong Kong on Monday extended a ban on tour groups travelling to Bangkok for a fifth week because of problems caused by flooding in the city.
Hong Kong - Hong Kong on Monday extended a ban on tour groups travelling to Bangkok for a fourth week because of problems caused by flooding in the city.
Phuket, Thailand - Business appears to be booming on the Thai tourist destination of Phuket Island, 700 kilometres south of the floods currently plaguing Bangkok.
Berlin - You can stage a German Christmas market without a Christmas tree, but few organizers would want to.
Bangkok - Bangkok's floods, the worst to hit the capital in decades, have yet to impact tourist arrivals in some of Thailand's other popular destinations, partly thanks to the exodus of 'refugees' from the capital, tourism officials said Friday.
Berlin - German cities are seeking to recover the funds they lost when the federal government more than halved the value-added tax the hotel sector is required to impose. They are now reaching for a local tax on overnight stays to make up for the lost income.
Bangkok - Tourist arrivals to Thailand this year will drop 2 per cent below the government's target of 19.5 million because of devastating floods, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) forecast.
Hong Kong - Hong Kong Monday extended a ban on tour groups travelling to Bangkok because of continued problems caused by flooding in the city.
Hanover, Germany - Fears that the Greek government could ditch the euro currency for its old drachma have prompted a European travel group to renegotiate contracts with Greek hotels to protect against financial loss, a German tabloid reported Saturday.
Bangkok - Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport is expected to stay dry during Thailand's worst floods in five decades that are now creeping towards the capital's centre, the airport's management said Friday.
Hong Kong - Hong Kong Monday extended a ban on tour groups travelling to Bangkok as serious flooding continued to threaten the Thai capital.
Bangkok - Theng and Nalen Chiun and their 3-year-old daughter are sitting in the Intercontinental Hotel lobby in the commercial centre of Bangkok, eating lunch before returning home to Sydney, Australia, after 'a great visit.'
Hong Kong - Hong Kong on Wednesday cancelled all package tours to Bangkok as the floodwaters advanced on the Thai capital.
New Delhi - Western adventure tourists ignore warnings against travelling to Afghanistan - sometimes, with fatal consequences.
New York - A second tourist died after a helicopter crashed last week into New York's East River, media reports said.
Sydney - Australian holidaymakers on the Indonesian island of Bali were urged Wednesday to steer clear of so-called Jungle Juice cocktails after a 25-year-old nurse was repatriated after suffering brain damage and kidney failure.
Washington - The Washington Monument, the iconic obelisk towering over the nation's capital, is closed indefinitely for inspections and repairs after the August earthquake.
Harare - Tourists have cancelled up to 80 per cent of their bookings for Zimbabwe's landmark Victoria Falls resort since pilots with the national carrier embarked on a strike at the end of July, media reported Wednesday.
Cairo - The Egyptian government has suspended a controversial rule requiring that foreign visitors obtain entry visas before their arrival, a tourism official said on Sunday.
Bangkok - Thailand's capital Bangkok faces a looming oversupply of hotel accommodation in 2013-14, when 12,000 new rooms come on the market, a leading property consultant warned Wednesday.
Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro authorities Monday suspended service on its picturesque streetcar line until further notice after an accident killed five people.
Seoul - North Korea on Monday said it will liquidate the South Korean assets at its mountain tourist resort near the border, after last-minute talks broke down last week.
London - A 30-year-old Briton was killed by a shark during his honeymoon in the Seychelles, the Foreign Office in London confirmed Wednesday.
Wellington - The father of a young New Zealand woman who died from toxic chemical poisoning in a Thailand hotel welcomed Tuesday moves to tighten rules on spraying pesticides in tourist areas but said he would not advise others to travel there.
Bangkok - An investigation into the mysterious demise of five tourists and one Thai national in Chiang Mai, Thailand earlier this year failed to pinpoint the cause, but pesticides were the main suspects in four of the cases, authorities said Tuesday.
Manila - The Philippines' tourism secretary resigned Friday amid allegations that his weak leadership has failed to attract more tourists.
New York - The Statue of Liberty, symbol of freedom for millions of European immigrants to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries, will be closed for renovation for a year starting in October, the US National Parks Service has announced.
Barcelona - Hundreds of young people, many of them tourists, clashed with police early Thursday in Lloret de Mar on Spain's north-eastern Costa Brava, police said.
Barcelona - Young people, many of them tourists, clashed with police overnight in Lloret de Mar on Spain's north-eastern Costa Brava, police said Thursday.
Cairo/Damascus - Four months of unrest in Syria have dealt a hard blow to the country's tourism industry, Tourism Minister Lamia Assai said in remarks published Friday.
Sydney - A US man snorkelling on Australia's Great Barrier Reef was shocked to find he had been left behind when his tourist boat returned to Cairns without him, news reports said Wednesday.
Madrid - Spain's tourism industry is recovering speedily from the global crisis, with visitor numbers expected to grow by up to 6.5 per cent this year, Tourism Minister Miguel Sebastian said Wednesday.
Singapore - About 100 passengers on a cruise from Singapore to Vietnam suffered food poisoning, The Straits Times said Saturday.
Cairo - A 76-year-old German tourist drowned in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt's touristic town of Hurghada, Egyptian authorities said Tuesday.
Hanoi - A plan to ban unlicensed cyclos from Hanoi's streets has sparked dismay among travel firms, state media reported Wednesday.
Tokyo - The number of overseas tourists visiting Japan plummeted 62.5 per cent to 295,800 in April from a year earlier, the biggest decline on record, an industry body said Thursday.
Havana - Cuba is evaluating a move to end restrictions on Cubans' tourist trips abroad, according to a reform plan drafted in last month's Communist Party congress and published Monday.
Kampala - Uganda will lose up to 100 million dollars each month from tourism revenues if anti-government protests continue, a tourist sector leader warned on Monday.
Wellington - A chemical spray that kills bed bugs was probably responsible for the death of a 23-year-old New Zealand woman while holidaying in Thailand this year, according to a New Zealand scientist quoted in news reports Monday.
Bremen, Germany - Germany's largest bomb-proof World War II submarine yard was opened Sunday to the public as a historic site.
Hanoi - A popular German-language television drama could help promote Vietnam's tourism industry, local media reported Friday.
Madrid - Spain's tourism industry is recovering from the global crisis, due partly to the unrest in competing travel destinations in the Arab world, officials said Monday.
Tokyo - The number of travellers visiting Japan fell sharply in March in the wake of a 9-magnitude earthquake, a devastating tsunami and the ongoing nuclear crisis, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Thursday.
Mexico City - Acapulco authorities are scrambling to save the city's tourism industry, which has been jeopardized by violence in recent months as criminal gangs reportedly struggle for territory.
Bangkok - The bereaved father of a New Zealand woman who died under mysterious circumstances in Thailand this year has set up a travel-warning website for tourists visiting the kingdom, media reports said Friday.
Hanoi - The illegality of bear-bile farming in Vietnam has failed to stamp out the practice in the past six years, but a renewed government push to crack down on bear-bile tourism has hope rising at an animal protection organization.
Brussels - The European Union on Wednesday launched a website dedicated to consular protection for its citizens, after a spate of recent crises around the world sometimes left people not knowing where to turn for diplomatic support.
Bamiyan, Afghanistan - Sayed Ali Shah watched intrigued as the strangely-clad men and women shuffled their way up towards his house in the Koh-e-Baba mountain range in the central province of Bamiyan.
Mexico City - On every equinox, tens of thousands of people arrive at Mexico's archaeological sites to contemplate the wonders left by ancient civilizations.
Hanoi - The crisis in Japan has affected travel companies in Vietnam, authorities said Thursday.
Madrid - Spanish trade unions and the government were negotiating frantically Tuesday in an attempt to ward off a strike by airport staff which threatens to deal a heavy blow to the country's key tourism industry.
Berlin - High crime and airport access are two of the biggest problems for Brazil as it prepares to host football's World Cup in 2014.
Bangkok - It will take at least a month for laboratories to return the results on the cause of four tourists' deaths in the same guest house in northern Thailand, Thai officials said Friday.
Bamiyan, Afghanistan - As experts in Paris pondered what to do with Afghanistan's shattered Buddhist statues, the locals in a snow-covered valley thousands of kilometres away had their own opinions.
Geneva - Kuoni, the Zurich-based travel group, announced Monday that it will buy out Gullivers Travel Associates for 668 million Swiss francs (720 million dollars), in an effort to boost its online presence.
Hanoi - Vietnamese authorities have fined and suspended the company in charge of a tour that left 12 people dead in Ha Long Bay last month, officials said Monday.
Hong Kong - The number of people travelling to Hong Kong on business soared 22 per cent in 2010, fuelled by more stable economic conditions and the cheap Hong Kong dollar, tourism officials said Monday.
Warsaw - Polish travel agencies were Monday offering rock- bottom prices on vacations in Tunisia in a bid to lure back tourists after the protests in Tunis that lead to the overthrow of the country's president.
Giza, Egypt - Forlorn are the caravansaries and bazaars at the Pyramids of Giza.
Singapore - Singapore's tourism revenue jumped by almost half to a 10-year-high last year helped by the opening of two casino resorts and positive economic sentiment, the city-state's tourism board said Thursday.
London - Leading European tourism company TUI Travel warned Thursday that political unrest in Egypt and Tunisia could hit earnings by up to 30 million pounds (48 million dollars) between January and March.
Berlin - The unrest in Egypt took its toll on the tourism industry Tuesday as tourists fled, the German government issued a travel warning and package-holiday companies cancelled upcoming charter flights.
Berlin - Tourism is one of the most important sectors of Egypt's economy. In 2009, the sector earned revenues of 10.8 billion dollars, spurred on by strong Russian and British arrivals, followed in third place by German visitors.
Madrid - Tourists planning holidays in Tunisia and Egypt have changed their minds because of the unrest there and are going to Spain instead, travel agents said Sunday.
Harare - Member's of Zimbabwe's Zanu (PF) party on Monday apologized for militants who forcefully entered a series of lakeside private boat clubs and tourist lodges over the weekend, according to tour operator groups.
Madrid - International tourist arrivals to Spain increased by 1 per cent to 52.6 million in 2010 - slightly less than had initially been expected - the country's tourism ministry said Monday.
Bangkok - Thai authorities on Friday closed 18 dive spots off its coast in a bid to allow coral reefs to rejuvenate, after vast swathes were bleached by high temperatures last year.
Kuala Lumpur - Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees celebrated the festival of Thaipusam on Thursday, seeking divine blessings at a cave temple in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur.
Madrid - International tourism last year recovered from the global economic crisis , with arrivals in 2010 increasing 6.7 per cent to 935 million worldwide, the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced Monday.
Madrid - International tourism recovered from the global economic crisis in 2010, with arrivals increasing by 6.7 per cent to 935 million worldwide, the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Monday.
Berlin - German-owned Thomas Cook tour operator is flying holiday-makers home early from Tunisia, as sometimes fatal political unrest continues in that country, the company announced Friday.
Sydney - Opinion is divided over how the Great Barrier Reef will fare in Queensland's worst floods in 50 years.
Beijing - The Disneyland amusement park under construction outside Shanghai is to cost more than the Chinese port city's World Expo last year, news reports said Friday.
Chitwan, Nepal - The 7th International Elephant Race festival came to a conclusion in Nepal on Tuesday with the pachyderms winning an array of titles.
Chitwan, Nepal - Bhawanikali reached out her trunk to the mouth of her co-contestant, Chanchalkali, Monday as they waited to do the catwalk at an elephant beauty pageant in Nepal's southern plains.
Chitwan, Nepal - Teams representing Britain, France, China and Nepal were Sunday among 12 that made it through to the semi- final after the first day of competition at Nepal's 7th International Elephant Race.
Chitwan, Nepal - Anil Kumal, 25, bathed his pet elephant Poonamkali early Sunday morning, as he has been doing every day for past five years.
Berlin - Berlin is advising German citizens to leave Ivory Coast because of the threat of violence there. It has also reduced its embassy staffing in Abidjan to a minimum, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
Karlsruhe, Germany - Postcard makers have to pay to take photographs of German kaisers' palaces in the Berlin area, the country's top court ruled Friday.
Seoul - North Korea offered Thursday to discuss ending a freeze on South Korean assets in the Stalinist country as it pressed for talks with its neighbour on resuming their tourism projects, which have been on hold for more than two years.