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Saint-Tropez cleans up after Mediterranean oil spill

Ramatuelle - French workers on Thursday scooped balls of tar off the beach in Saint-Tropez after oil that leaked from two ships which collided washed ashore in the Riviera resort.

Passengers stranded as Cypriot airline goes bust

Larnaca - Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced it was cancelling all flights from Thursday after just two years in operation, leaving passengers stranded and scrambling to get their money back.

Mass tourism sparks battle for Montmartre's soul

Paris - Inside a dark, low-ceilinged room once frequented by Picasso and Modigliani when they were still struggling artists, a group of tourists from Russia, Canada and Australia are listening to traditional French songs.

Fear, indignation among tourists in Majorca after floods

Spain - Gordana Rojko was holidaying in Majorca when raging waters swept past her hotel, trapping her and her husband inside for hours, one of scores of tourists left reeling by deadly flash floods in the Spanish island.

Branson says Virgin Galactic to launch space flight 'within weeks'

Fpo - British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he expects his Virgin Galactic company to conduct its first space flight "within weeks, not months" in comments broadcast Tuesday.

Sydney Opera House horse race 'advertising' sparks uproar

Sydney - A government push to use the Sydney Opera House's sails to advertise a horse racing event over the wishes of the building's management has sparked uproar among many Australians over the commercialisation of an iconic landmark.

Uzbekistan gives French visa-free entry ahead of presidential visit

Tashkent - French nationals will be the first in the European Union to gain visa-free entry to Uzbekistan ahead of key talks between both countries' leaders in Paris, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Tourism and commerce bear brunt of Cameroon crisis

Buea - "For the peak season I would have about 280 persons climbing Mount Cameroon," said John Ngomba, a tour guide in the town of Buea, which has been at the forefront of Cameroon's anglophone separatist insurgency."But now there are no tourists coming.

Tunisia tourism keeps up recovery from jihadist attacks

Tunis - More than six million foreign travellers visited Tunisia in the first nine months of 2018, according to government data, as tourism rebounds from devastating jihadist attacks three years ago.Arrivals rose 16.9 percent to 6.

Enforcing Austria's burqa ban a delicate matter in Alpine resort

Zell Am See - With its pristine waters, snow-covered mountains and breathtaking Alpine views, the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See is one of the top European destinations for visitors from the Gulf region.

Philippines plans party crackdown on re-opened Boracay

Manila - Beach boozing and smoking will be consigned to the past when Boracay, the Philippines' top holiday island, welcomes back a capped number of tourists after its six-month shutdown, authorities said Wednesday.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' shut indefinitely

Bangkok - The glittering Thai bay immortalised in the movie "The Beach" will be closed indefinitely to allow it to recover from the impact of hordes of tourists, an official said Wednesday, as a temporary ban on visitors expired.

Let's a not go! Nintendo wins Japan court battle over Mario street karting

Apo - Nintendo said Thursday it has won a court battle against a popular go-kart operator that allows drivers to dress up as Super Mario and other game characters to zip through the streets of Japan.

Finnish indigenous Sami seek to end 'exploitative tourism'

Apo - Representatives of Finland's indigenous Sami said Tuesday they would urge holidaymakers to stop visiting igloos and riding husky sleds in Lapland, claiming non-Sami traditions are being passed off as authentic thereby exploiting their culture.

Huge blaze forces hundreds from homes in Tuscany

Calci - A vast forest fire has forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from their houses in Tuscany, with firefighters Tuesday battling to extinguish flames fanned by fierce winds.

Portuguese protest over rising short-term tourism rentals

Lisbon - Protests against soaring short term tourist rentals and rising rents -- issues which have drawn popular ire in several other countries -- drew hundreds of people in Lisbon on Saturday, Lusa news agency reported.

Hotspots, not trouble spots: Africa seeks tourism boom

Cape Town - Africa draws just five percent of the world's tourists despite boasting attractions ranging from the Pyramids and Victoria Falls to wildlife safaris and endless strips of pristine beach.

Argentina's currency crisis a boon for foreign tourists

Buenos Aires - Argentines may be feeling the pinch of their country's economic woes, but for tourists, the troubled peso is proving a holiday boon.

Seven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

Atenas - Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zante, one of Greece's most popular travel destinations, officials said.

Paris knife attacker charged with attempted murder: source

Paris - An Afghan national who left seven people, including two British tourists, badly injured after he attacked them with a knife and an iron bar in a popular Paris area has been charged with attempted murder and detained, a judicial source said Wednesday.

Airbnb hits back at Paris ban threat

Cape Town - Rent-a-room giant Airbnb on Wednesday accused the Paris official seeking to ban the service in the city of electioneering and insisted it enjoys widespread support in the French capital.

Egypt coroner says E. coli led to deaths of British couple

Apo - A British couple who died on holiday in Egypt last month succumbed to the effects of an E. coli infection, an Egyptian coroner's report said Wednesday.John Cooper, 69, died on August 21 "because of severe intestinal catarrh that resulted from E.

Major US tourist sites in path of Hurricane Florence

Charleston - From Charleston's colonial mansions with finely-crafted balustrades, to fragile Outer Banks beaches, to exalted centers of American history, the tourism-heavy US East Coast is facing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.

7 wounded in Paris knife attack, including British, Egyptian tourists

Paris - A man wielding a knife and an iron bar injured seven people, including three tourists, in Paris, in an attack that bystanders tried to stop by throwing petanque balls at the assailant.

7 wounded including 2 British tourists in Paris knife attack: sources

Paris - Seven people including two British tourists were wounded Sunday in Paris after they were attacked by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar, according to police and other sources.

Paris official seeks to outlaw Airbnb rentals in city centre

Paris - The Paris city council member in charge of housing said Thursday that he would propose outlawing home rentals via Airbnb and other websites in the city centre, accusing the service of forcing residents out of the French capital.

E-coli found at Egyptian hotel where UK couple died

London - High levels of e-coli were found during tests at the Egyptian hotel where a British couple died last month, but their deaths are still being treated as unexplained, travel operator Thomas Cook said Wednesday.

Boat cuisine: Superchef Ducasse takes to the water

Paris - Still smarting from being kicked out of his Michelin-starred restaurant halfway up the Eiffel Tower, France's most famous chef Alain Ducasse is pressing on instead with a new restaurant almost directly underneath it -- and, he boasts, it floats.

Sun, sand and a workforce shortage at Hungary's popular lakeside resort

Si - With its inviting turquoise waters, white sandy banks, picturesque mountainous landscapes and resort towns, Hungary's Lake Balaton has plenty for tourists to write home about.

Greek ferry limps to port after fire on board

Atenas - Hundreds of passengers were safely evacuated early Wednesday from a Greek ferry after a fire broke out in the car deck, officials said.
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