travel

EU to Propose Visa-Free Travel for Turks May 4 if Terms Met

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS, April 20 – The European Union’s executive said on Wednesday it will propose on May 4 granting Turks visa-free travel to the bloc from late June — if Ankara meets the remaining conditions. A first European Commission report on implementation of last month’s EU-Turkey agreement to curb migration said good progress

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Cyprus Remands Suspected Hijacker Who Wanted to See Ex-Wife

By Yiannis Kourtoglou LARNACA, Cyprus March 30 – An Egyptian man accused of hijacking a passenger plane and diverting it to Cyprus has told police he acted because he wanted to see his estranged wife and children, saying “what should one do?”. The suspect, whom Cypriot and Egyptian authorities have identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa,

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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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Travel Agency in Isolated Gaza Recalls the “Golden” 1950s

By Nidal Al Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 6 – Nabil Shurafa’s travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world. These days, he’s lucky if anyone comes in, as so few people can get out. The posters of the Eiffel Tower, the Statue

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Dubai Airport 2015 Traffic Up 10.7 pct, World’s Busiest

By Nadia Saleem DUBAI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Dubai International Airport remained the world’s busiest for international passengers in 2015 as traffic grew 10.7 percent, boosted by the addition of new airlines and routes, the airport’s operator said on Monday. Annual traffic rose to 78 million passengers from 70.5 million in 2014. In the month

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Airline Profits to Hit Record Levels on Low Oil

GENEVA, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Low oil prices and healthy demand for travel will boost airline profits again in 2016, the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday. IATA, which represents almost 260 airlines accounting for 83 percent of global air traffic, said net profits would reach record levels of $36.3 billion in 2016 after

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The Royal Treatment

Hyderabad’s Falaknuma Palace, once the home of the richest man in the world, is now a hotel even the untitled can enjoy BY Graham Boynton One of the greatest benefits of the democratization of travel is the entrée mere mortals have been given to lives and cultures that previously were inaccessible to all but a

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U.S. Issues Global Travel Alert As Hunt Continues for Paris Attackers

By Arshad Mohammed and Chine Labbé WASHINGTON/PARIS, Nov 24 – Citing “increased terrorist threats” from militant groups in various regions of the world, the U.S. State Department issued a global alert on Monday for Americans planning to travel following deadly militant attacks in France and Mali. As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the

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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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