Travel

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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Delta Air Lines Passengers Stranded After Computer Crash Grounds Flights

Aug 8 – Delta Air Lines’ computer systems crashed on Monday, leaving passengers of one of the world’s largest carriers stranded at airports around the globe as flights were grounded. The U.S. airline said the problems were down to a power outage in Atlanta overnight and that its information technology team was working to resolve

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Afghan Tourism Bring Reward as Well as Risk; Government Urges Caution

By Josh Smith and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Aug 5 – When police stopped a van that was travelling across centralAfghanistan to the western city of Herat, they were in for a big surprise: it was full of Western tourists. The visitors’ presence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries made headlines on Thursday after

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