Travel

Flight Bookings For Nice and France Drop Again After July 14 Attack

PARIS, July 28 – Demand for air travel to France and Nice, the country’s second most popular destination after Paris, has dropped again after an attacker killed 84 people in the city on the French Riviera on July 14, according to travel data analysis company ForwardKeys. France’s tourism industry had yet to fully recover from

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Turkish Airlines Fires Personnel After Failed Coup

ISTANBUL, July 25 – Turkey’s state-run Turkish Airlines fired more than 100 employees, including management and cabin crew, as part of a purge at state institutions to root out supporters of an abortive coup, Turkish media reported on Monday. The dismissals at the national carrier occurred late on Sunday after it was determined the employees

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Reconstruction of Ruined Palace Begins in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 30 – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dedicated an ambitious reconstruction project on Monday to restore the ruins of historic Darul Aman palace, an initiative aimed at signaling a new future for the war-torn country. Much of Kabul has been repaired since devastating civil wars, but the palace has gathered dust

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“Tourists Go Home”: Spain Tourism Surge Brings Backlash

By Sarah White PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, May 30 – On the walls of the grand old houses of this Balearic port which attracts millions of foreigners every year, a new kind of graffiti has flourished: “Tourists go home”. Although still a minority protest, it points to tensions in Palma de Mallorca and elsewhere in

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Security Concerns Send Turkish Foreign Visitor Arrivals Tumbling

By Nevzat Devranoglu and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 29 – The number of foreign visitors going to Turkey fell 10 percent in February, the biggest drop in a decade, amid security concerns for a country feeling the spillover effects from the war in Syria. Turkey has been hit by a spate a bomb attacks this

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Brussels Airlines Restarts Flights as Airlines Scramble to Reroute

BERLIN, March 24 – Brussels Airlines is restarting some commercial flights from Belgium on Thursday, using the airports of Liege and Antwerp, while its main hub in the Belgian capital remains closed following Tuesday’s attacks. Belgian police were hunting on Thursday for a “third man” filmed with two Islamic State suicide bombers at Brussels Zaventem

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Turkish Tourism and Economy Struggle Due to Bombings, Russia Row

By Nevzat Devranoglu and Ece Toksabay ANKARA, March 23 – Suicide bombings in Istanbul, a row with the Kremlin and hard times for the Russian middle class – all these factors spell trouble for Turkey’s tourist industry and its wider economy. Nowhere is the mood gloomier than among shopkeepers in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural gem and

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German Summer Bookings for Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia Drop 40 pct

By Maria Sheahan FRANKFURT, March 4- German travellers’ bookings for summer holidays in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey have dropped around 40 percent compared with a year ago, reflecting tourists’ concern over security, German travel association DRV said on Thursday. Once-popular destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia have suffered a series of attacks including the suspected

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Turkish PM Announces Plan to Bolster Beleaguered Tourism Sector

ANKARA, Feb 22 – Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a plan on Monday to support Turkey’s tourism sector, hit by tensions with Russia and domestic insecurity, including a 255 million lira ($87 mn) grant and a facility to allow tourism firms to restructure debt. Turkey is especially popular with German tourists, but has seen demand

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Turkey to Offer Fuel Subsidies to Safeguard Tourism

FRANKFURT, Jan 20 – Turkey will offer jet fuel subsidies for flights to five of its tourist hot spots as part of its efforts to safeguard tourism revenue after a suicide bombing in Istanbul last week killed 10 German tourists. Airlines will receive $6,000 per flight to Antalya, Alanya, Dalaman, Bodrum and Izmir during the

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