Travel

Villagers in India’s Himalayan Landscape Grapple with Tourism Boom

By Cathal McNaughton LEH, India, Oct 12  – Villagers nestled high in the Indian Himalayas are grappling with lifestyle changes in the world’s fastest-growing major economy that are eroding their age-old Buddhist culture but opening up new opportunities. People have long wrested a living from herding goats and tending wheat fields ringed by 6,000-m (19,685-ft)

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Bags and Bling, Tourists Seek Bargains in Brexit Britain

By Laura Gardner Cuesta LONDON, Sept 20 –  The sharp fall in sterling since Britain voted to leave the European Union has encouraged tourists to go on a spending spree, providing a little relief for the economy as it faces an overall sharp slowdown. Foreign visitors have helped boost high street sales since the referendum

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Arabs Flee Gulf Heat for Alpine Idyll, Despite Talk of Veil Ban

By Kirsti Knolle ZELL AM SEE, Austria, Sept 14  – While France’s seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in “burkinis”, a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in Islamic dress tip-toeing over its pristine summer snow. Zell am See’s high mountains, dense forests and

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Summer Long-Haul Travel to Europe Down on Security Worries

BERLIN, Sept 8  – Long-haul air travel to Europe dropped over the summer holiday season and bookings for the coming month are also down on last year after deadly attacks deterred travellers, travel data analysis company ForwardKeys said on Thursday. The number of long-haul passengers arriving in Europe from June to August dropped 0.9 percent

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China says It Opposes All Discrimination After Air China London Warning

SHANGHAI, Sept 8 – China said on Thursday it opposes all racial discrimination after state-owned Air China withdrew an in-flight magazine that warned visitors to be careful in parts of London populated by members of ethnic minorities. China prides itself as a new global superpower but occasional high-profile examples of prejudice towards foreigners, or people

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Air Passengers Hit by BA Tech Glitch, London City Airport Protest

LONDON, Sept 6 – Air passengers were facing lengthy delays in Britain on Tuesday after a computer glitch hit British Airways check-ins and protesters from “Black Lives Matter” forced their way on to the runway of London City Airport. British Airways said it was taking longer than normal to process customers at Heathrow and Gatwick

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Thailand’s First Halal Hotel Hopes to Help Boost Muslim Arrivals

BANGKOK, Aug 30  – Predominately Buddhist Thailand has opened its first halal hotel as hopes to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the Middle East, according to industry data. The

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Paris Tourism Lost 750 mln Euros after Attacks

PARIS, Aug 23 – Daesh attacks, strikes and floods kept foreign tourists away from the French capital in the first half of the year and cost the Paris region tourism industry some 750 million euros ($849.38 million) in lost revenue, officials said on Tuesday. “It’s time to realise that the tourism sector is going through

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Gulf Tourism Frenzy in Bosnia Delights Business, Polarises Locals

By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO, Aug 21 – Abdulah Al Sanousi enjoys the breeze in the lush resort outside Sarajevo where his family bought a flat to escape the summer heat at home in Kuwait, one of thousands of new Gulf buyers whose investment has polarized local opinion. They discovered mountainous Bosnia, where half the population

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New Saudi Visa Fees Spark An Outcry

DUBAI – If you wish to enter Saudi Arabia, prepare yourself to pay up to $2,100 in visa fees. The fees will vary depending on the length of your stay and number of entry times. The new visa fees was endorsed by the Saudi cabinet on Monday, August 8, and will come into effect on October 2.

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