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Airbnb imposes limit on London home rentals

London - Airbnb will impose a 90-day limit on the sharing of private homes in London, the home rentals website has revealed amid fears over the British capital's housing market.

With Castro gone, US presence in Cuba grows

Havana - Fidel Castro spent his life combating US capitalism, but by the time he died, American cruise ships, regular flights and even the embassy had returned to the communist-ruled island.

Airbnb agrees 60-day limit on Amsterdam home rentals

Den Haag - Amsterdam has reached a pioneering agreement with home rentals website Airbnb to limit the sharing of private homes to 60 days a year, the city and website said Thursday.

No music or rum for tourists after Castro death

Havana - Tourists looking to drink daiquiris at El Floridita, a favorite haunt of legendary US author Ernest Hemingway in Havana, found the entrance gated shut.

US airlines launch direct flights to Cuba's Havana

Miami - The United States and Cuba expanded air links on Monday, kicking off direct flights to Havana for the first time in more than 50 years.

Paris fairground staff protest threat to Big Wheel

Paris - Paris fairground stallholders on Thursday used trucks to block Place de la Concorde in protest over the state's demand that the famous Ferris wheel lording over the square be taken down.

Barcelona cannabis club shut down for selling marijuana candy

Barcelona - Authorities in Spain closed down a cannabis club in Barcelona that sold marijuana candy and other similar products to more than 16,000 people, many of them tourists, police said Tuesday.

Venetians rally to fight city exodus

Venice - Several hundred citizens of Venice rallied on Saturday to draw attention to an exodus of residents that they fear is sucking the life out of the fabled Italian city.

A year after bloodbath, Paris fights to woo back tourists

Paris - A year after jihadists sowed terror in Paris, killing 130 people, the City of Light is struggling to restore its lustre as fearful tourists stay away in droves.In the Paris area alone, tourism revenue is expected to plunge by 1.5 billion euros ($1.

Italy quake zones fear tourism collapse as displaced total rises

Rome - The number of people living in temporary shelters due to a series of earthquakes in Italy has risen to 28,000, officials said Thursday as fears mounted for the economic future of the worst-hit areas.

Kremlin makeover exposes mediaeval mysteries

Moscow - Descending into the basement of the 1930s-era Kremlin administration building is an eerie experience: the corridors are still lined with brown Soviet tiles and walls bear remnants of secret communication wires.

Egypt marks anniversary of Russian Metrojet plane bombing

Cairo - Egypt on Monday marked with a church service a year since jihadists bombed a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from a Red Sea resort, an attack that crippled the Arab country's economy.

Russian families mark Sinai plane crash anniversary

Sanktpeterburg - Relatives of some of the 224 people killed in the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt attended ceremonies Monday in Saint Petersburg to mark a year since the disaster.

Goan, Goan, gone? Indian state losing laid back image

Arpora - Goa has long attracted Western holidaymakers for its relaxed vibe, but rapid construction, swelling crowds and fears over safety are threatening the Indian state's global reputation as a tranquil haven.

After summer bonanza, Spain worries about tourism future

Madrid - After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say.

Private rooms at Pope's summer residence open to public

Castel Gandolfo - Private rooms at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo will open to the public from Saturday at the request of Pope Francis, who has never holidayed there in more than three years as pontiff.

Star architect's 'cloud' unveiled at last in Rome

Rome - A new convention centre in Rome that has been hailed as one of acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas's most ambitious buildings yet was unveiled to the international media Wednesday, ahead of its long-awaited opening next week.

Sharks are beautiful, diver says despite narrow escape

Shanghai - A diver whose near miss with a great white shark became a viral video sensation, viewed more than 15 million times on Youtube, says the ocean's apex predator is "beautiful".

Lights out, volume down in Bangkok's party heart

Bangkok - With soldiers closing down Bangkok's notorious go-go bars and tourists forced to sneak sips of beer from paper cups, Thailand is dialling down its raucous party scene out of respect for the country's late monarch.

Pope opens private summer apartments to tourists

Vatican City - Who needs a summer palace? Not Pope Francis, who has renounced the delights of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome and opened his private apartments to tourists, the Vatican said Friday.

Beaches, skiing and tai chi: Club Med, Chinese style

Sanya - Tai chi, mahjong and karaoke are on the menu alongside more traditional offerings such as sailing at Club Med's new resort on the Chinese island of Hainan, as the French holiday group -- now Chinese-owned -- adapts its European formula for the market.

Arctic cruises — enforcing the Polar Code in uncharted waters

When the Crystal Serenity made its voyage across the Arctic's Northwest Passage this year, the mega-priced cruise was hailed as the beginning of a new era in Arctic tourism.

London's Tower Bridge closes until New Year

London - London's iconic Tower Bridge closed to vehicles for three months on Saturday for its first major maintenance works in nearly half a century.

Lure of Australia's Uluru hard to resist

Australia - The urge to scramble up Uluru, the great red rock rising out of Australia's desert heart, is difficult to resist for many tourists, despite the risk of upsetting the local Aboriginal people.

Nairobi's famed National Park threatened by railway

Nairobi - Munching, the giraffe looks up towards the skyscrapers looming in the distance. But this picture-postcard image of Nairobi, one where wild animals graze in the shadow of the cityscape, is at risk from a railroad.

Turkey suffers 38% visitor drop as coup hits tourism

Ankara - The number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted nearly 38 percent in August, with tourism battered by the July failed coup and security concerns after attacks, statistics showed Thursday.

Tourists flee volcano at popular Indonesia hiking spot

Menteng Dua - Hundreds of tourists have fled a volcanic eruption at a popular Indonesian hiking destination, an official said Wednesday, expressing fears some may have stayed behind to document the natural wonder.

Pulling a rip cord over North Korea

Kumhwa - When he booked his tour, Swiss lawyer Rafael Studer hadn't seriously considered the option of jumping out of a Russian-made helicopter at 2,000 meters strapped to a North Korean soldier.

Iconic natural arch collapses on Moroccan beach

Rabat - They were among Morocco's best-known natural wonders: two immense rock archways towering over Legzira beach on the Atlantic coast. But on Friday afternoon one of them collapsed.

Tax crackdown on Greek isles pays dividend for state

Atenas - Cash-strapped Greece, under pressure from creditors to improve chronically poor tax collection, has landed a surprising windfall from a cluster of high-end tourist islands, revenue officials said Thursday.
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