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After rare silence, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

Istanbul - An eerie silence has fallen over Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest, largest and most visited markets, where a raucous mixture of languages, cultures and commerce has buzzed for centuries.

Montenegro woos tourists to Europe's 'corona-free' corner

Kotor - Less than two months after detecting its first infection, Montenegro is the first country in Europe to declare itself coronavirus-free, a success story the tiny country hopes will lure tourists to its dazzling Adriatic coast this summer.

Germans opt for staycations as virus fears linger

Ostseebad Binz - Germans usually love their sun-soaked summer holidays abroad. But fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections have prompted a new holiday destination of choice: their home country.

Cyprus ends passenger flights ban from June 9 with conditions

Nicosia - Cyprus will reopen its airports to commercial flights from June 9 after nearly three months of lockdown, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said Friday.

Greece to restart tourism mid-June, international flights July 1

Athens - Greece will restart its tourism season on June 15 and gradually restore international flights from July 1 to boost its economy after the virus lockdown, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday.

For cruise crew members stuck at sea, mental strain is huge

Miami - For the thousands of cruise ship crew members stuck at sea aboard their vessels as the coronavirus crisis unfolds, the situation is psychologically intense, to say the least.

Tensions rise as Germans clamour to return to Mallorcan homes

Berlin - Germans with holiday homes in Mallorca are clamouring to return to the sun-soaked island as the coronavirus lockdowns ease, but Spanish authorities are pushing back.

Coronavirus crisis punctures Tunisia tourism rebound

Tunis - As the novel coronavirus pandemic wipes out a recovery from jihadist attacks in 2015, Tunisia's vital tourism sector is trying to find ways to avoid going under."Normally, the season starts now.

Tourists back in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay as domestic travel opens

Ha Long - Vietnamese flocked to scenic spots and beaches Saturday, leaping at the chance to travel as the communist government eases restrictions on domestic movement to revive a tourism sector devastated by the coronavirus.

Europe seeks to save the summer holidays

Apo - The EU on Wednesday set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by the coronavirus pandemic across Europe, the world's top holiday destination.

Virus crisis leaves thousands of cruise ship crew stuck at sea

Miami - The cruise industry has taken a beating during the coronavirus crisis -- on-board outbreaks, refusal of port access and now no clear idea of when ships can sail once again.

Sun, sand and social distancing: Spain seeks tourism revival

Madrid - With social distancing on the sand, restaurants restructured to restrict crowding and temperature-taking at the door in hotels, Spain is looking for creative ways to lure back tourists in the post-pandemic era.

Dream vacation US road trips canceled as virus shutters states

Los Angeles - Parisians Carole de la Cheneliere and Olivier Merleau were all set for their once-in-a-lifetime road trip down America's famous interstates -- but then, the pandemic struck.

Two bodies found in Nepal search for missing Koreans

Kathmandu - Two bodies believed to be of South Koreans missing after being hit by a Himalayan avalanche in January have been found, officials said Sunday, a day after discovering the corpse of their Nepali guide.

Isolated by virus, Faroe Islands offer virtual tours

Copenhagen - The Faroe Islands had planned to close to tourists for a weekend this April to protect its fragile ecosystem.

Rescued from Himalaya trails, trekkers find world in turmoil

Kathmandu - Stranded in Kathmandu, running out of cash and with no way to get home, Alexander Sys is one of hundreds of tourists whose Nepal trekking adventure abruptly ended in lockdown.

Tourists forced to write 'sorry' 500 times over India lockdown breach

New Delhi - Ten foreigners who broke a coronavirus lockdown in an Indian town made famous by the Beatles, were forced to repent by writing "I am so sorry" -- 500 times, officials said Sunday.

Pakistan hopes untapped mountains could lure foreign skiers

Swat - It survived the dark days of Taliban rule, the destruction of its main hotel and a major flood.

Customers desert South Korea's animal cafes over virus fears

Seoul - A beige feline paces between two Gaudi-style columns at the empty 2 Cats cafe in Seoul, with upturned stools standing on the tables where humans sat to play with them in pre-virus days.

Virus-hit cruise ship arrives in Florida -- and another on way

Fort Lauderdale - A virus-hit cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers and crew docked in Florida on Thursday after being barred from several South American countries, concluding a harrowing time at sea for those stranded aboard.

Virus-hit cruise ship nears US port, awaits final approval

Fort Lauderdale - A virus-hit cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers and crew neared Florida on Thursday, awaiting final clearance to dock after being barred from several South American countries.

Hungry and in chains, Thailand's tourist elephants face crisis

Bangkok - Underfed and chained up for endless hours, many elephants working in Thailand's tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or be shifted into the illegal logging trade, campaigners warn, as the coronavirus decimates visitor numbers.

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

Apo - The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan's hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Finish your mojito, we are closed: tourists scramble to leave Cuba

Havana - Nesmi Orslom relished his Cuba vacation to the very end: "In every city that we went, to every bar to have a drink, we always ordered a pina colada or a mojito!

In Jerusalem's Old City, virus 'worse than war'

Jerusalem - Munib Abu Assab, a tour operator in Jerusalem's Old City, has seen deserted streets before, but he said not even past conflicts over the contested land compare to the impact of coronavirus.

Coronavirus a 'catastrophe' for Paris tourist industry

Paris - Rachid Saidi puts on a brave face at the Paris hotel he manages, forcing a smile even though the coronavirus outbreak threatens his livelihood as tourists avoid the City of Light.

Last tourists race home from virus-hit Italy

Florence - The only tourists outside Florence's majestic cathedral were a suitcase-laden couple rushing to leave Italy, where a nationwide virus shutdown is devastating an already fragile tourism industry.

China's Trip.com says no pay for top execs while virus rages

Shanghai - Top executives with Trip.com, China’s leading online travel service, will accept no salaries starting from this month as the company copes with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, its CEO has told employees.

Egypt's fragile tourism sector braces for virus impact

Apo - Just when Egypt's crucial tourism sector was recovering from years of political tumult and jihadist attacks, the industry finds itself bracing for a potential buffeting by the new coronavirus.

Visitors vanish from Asia's most visited sites

Siem Reap - As dawn breaks the unmistakable tapered towers of Angkor Wat emerge from the gloom - but for once there are no tourists jostling on its steps to capture Cambodia's most famous sunrise.
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