tourism

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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Morocco: Souk Up The Rays

Morocco’s most exciting city even has some peaceful hideaways BY Graham Boynton An hour after my plane lands at Marrakech’s gleaming, modern international airport, I find myself stuck in a huge traffic jam. My taxi inches forward, navigating donkey carts, pedestrians with towering bundles on their shoulders, battered saloon cars from the 1950s, camels, horse-drawn

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Six Flags Entertainment Seeks to Open Saudi Theme Parks

DUBAI, June 20 – U.S. theme park company Six Flags Entertainment Corp plans to expand to Saudi Arabia, its chief financial officer told Saudi-owned Arabiya TV on Monday, bringing roller coasters and bumper cars to the ultra-conservative kingdom. “We’re very honored to be provided with an opportunity to enter into a partnership to bring Six

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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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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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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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Kenya’s Tourism Minister Sees Industry Recovering in 2018

By Duncan Miriri WATAMU, Kenya Jan 18 – Kenya’s tourism sector will take another two years to recover after the government beefed up security and boosted funding for the sector, a key source of hard currency revenues, new tourism minister Najib Balala told Reuters. Visitor numbers and earnings have plunged in the last four years

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NGO Hopes Egypt’s Bedouin Hospitality Lures Visitors to Sinai

By Asmaa Waguih SOUTH SINAI, Egypt, Dec 1 – The crash of a Russian plane in Egypt’s Sinai that many blame on an Islamist militant bomb has scared tourists away from the peninsula. But a small aid organization is hoping to show a peaceful side of the expanse. Sinai is Safe connects young Cairenes with

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Egypt Stands to Lose $280m per Month From Flight Suspensions

CAIRO, Nov 11 Egypt stands to lose 2.2 billion Egyptian pounds ($280 million) a month from Britain and Russia’s decision to suspend flights after the Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula, Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou said on Wednesday. Britain stopped flights to Sharm Al Sheikh four days after the passenger plane crashed shortly after

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China Says Taiwan Election Putting off Tourists from Visiting

BEIJING (Reuters) Chinese tourists are being put off visiting Taiwan because of the “highly politicized” atmosphere there ahead of January’s elections, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, but would not say if Beijing was telling people not to go. Taiwan elections are always sensitive in Communist Party-ruled China, worried that the democratic winds from across

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