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On magnets, mugs and matryoshka dolls, Putin's face still sells

Sanktpeterburg - Under the onion domes of its Orthodox churches or in front of its imperial facades, one face peers out at tourists strolling past the rows of Saint Petersburg's souvenir stalls.

Amsterdam eyes 'erotic centre' as new red light district

Den Haag - Amsterdam is looking at moving part of its red light district indoors to an "erotic" complex where prostitutes no longer beckon customers through street-front windows that often attract rowdy tourists.

Russia raises eyebrows with blanket ban on Chinese visitors

Moscow - Moscow is to impose a blanket ban on Chinese visitors over coronavirus fears in a move that will hit its tourism industry as experts question the need for such "draconian" measures.

Morocco fortress village hopes to draw 'Game of Thrones' fans

Aguilal - Millions worldwide may have seen the desert fortress in the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones", but fewer know they can visit the Moroccan village of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

Stranded Chinese stay on Bali as few take flight to Wuhan

Bali - Thousands of Chinese tourists stranded on the Indonesian island of Bali appeared happy to extend their holiday as only a few dozen boarded a repatriation flight on Saturday back to the coronavirus-stricken city of Wuhan, officials said.

Flights delayed for Chinese stranded in Bali over virus fears

Jakarta - Charter flights offered to thousands of Chinese tourists stranded in Bali after Indonesia halted flights over coronavirus fears have been delayed because travel permits have yet to be approved, Jakarta said Friday.

Italy's Uffizi Gallery hails US online tout ruling

Rome - Italy's world-famous Uffizi Gallery on Thursday hailed a US court victory which bars "bloodsucking" ticket touts using the Italian museum's name in website domains.The Arizona court ruling bars third parties using several addresses including Uffizi.

Chinese tourists stranded in Bali over virus fears offered flights home

Indonesia - Thousands of Chinese tourists stranded in Bali after Indonesia suspended flights over coronavirus fears will be offered charter flights home, China's consulate on the holiday island said Thursday.

Thousands of Chinese tourists stranded in Bali after flights suspended

Bali - Thousands of Chinese tourists risk being stranded in Bali after the Indonesian government suspended flights to and from mainland China over fears of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus prank forces Jamaica-bound flight back to Canada

Ottawa - A passenger jet taking winter-weary Canadians to Jamaica for a sunny holiday was forced to turn back after a passenger falsely claimed to have the coronavirus, the airline said Tuesday.

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors: global industry body

Frankfurt Am Main - Cruise lines worldwide will deny boarding to passengers and crew who have recently travelled to China, a global industry body said Monday, as fears grow over the deadly new coronavirus.

China virus silences Macau's bustling casinos

Macau - Macau is usually bustling with gamblers during China's Lunar New Year holiday but the flood of tourists has been reduced to a trickle this year as fears grow over a coronavirus that has killed almost 260 people.

In Wuhan, luxury hotel feels haunted by virus outbreak

Wuhan - The receptionist's seat is empty, the five-star hotel's restaurant is no longer serving customers and staff flee at the sight of any guests.

China virus sends shockwaves through Asia tourist industry

Apo - A deadly virus that has prompted travel restrictions in China is sending shockwaves through Asia's tourism industry, which has become increasingly reliant on growing numbers of Chinese visitors.

Virus silences Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing

Bejing - A woman praying alone in front of shut temple gates was one of the only signs of Lunar New Year observances at Beijing's Lama Temple on Saturday, as fears over a deadly new virus mount in China.

Peru promises to protect Machu Picchu as it builds airport

- Peru's government promised on Thursday to protect the Machu Picchu sanctuary and other Inca ruins when building a new airport to serve the ancient civilization's capital of Cusco.

Search suspended for South Koreans, Nepalis hit by avalanche

Kathmandu - The search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas almost a week ago was suspended Thursday as conditions made further operations too risky.

One dead, five missing after snowmobiles fall through ice in Canada

Montr - A Canadian guide died and five French tourists were missing after their snowmobiles plunged through ice into freezing water in northern Quebec, Canadian police said Wednesday.

Peru to install cameras at Machu Picchu after damage

- Peru is installing security cameras at its world renowned Machu Picchu site after it was damaged earlier this month by foreign tourists, authorities said Tuesday.

Guide saw wall of snow carry away Korean trekking team in Nepal

Pokhara - Rescuers intensified an increasingly desperate hunt Monday for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide told how he saw people carried off by the snow.

Guide saw wall of snow carry away Korean trekking team in Nepal

Pokhara - Rescuers intensified an increasingly desperate hunt Monday for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide told how he saw people carried off by the snow.

Heavy snow hampers search for missing S. Korean, Nepal trekkers

Kathmandu - Avalanches, heavy snow and poor visibility hampered the search Sunday for four South Koreans and three Nepalis caught in an avalanche in the popular Annapurna region of the Himalayas, officials saidRelatives of the missing Koreans have arrived in Kathm...

Australia to lose billions as bushfires deter tourists

Sydney - Australia will lose billions of dollars in tourism revenue as international visitors cancel trips in droves due to bushfires raging across the country, an industry body forecast Friday.

Trophy hunt of protected Alpine ibex sparks Swiss debate

Vex - A woman wearing a bright orange vest aims her rifle and on her second shot, a large Alpine ibex with majestic curved horns collapses in the snow.

In Seychelles, nature is prized above mass tourism

- In a shady patch along a pristine white beach on Mahe Island, a radio spits out reggae and snapper sizzles on the barbecue, as Seychelloise Nareen tops up her rum and coke on time off from her job aboard a luxury yacht.

Peru to deport tourists over Machu Picchu damage

- Five tourists arrested for damaging Peru's iconic Machu Picchu site will be deported to Bolivia later on Wednesday, police said.A sixth was released from custody and ordered to remain in Machu Picchu pending trial after paying bail of $910.

Pub 'lockout laws' eased in Sydney to boost nightlife

Sydney - Controversial laws that forced Sydney bars to close early and limited the drinks they could serve in a bid to curb alcohol-fueled violence ended Tuesday after complaints they had ruined the city's once-vibrant nightlife.

Six tourists arrested after feces found in sacred Machu Picchu area

- Six tourists, including a French woman, have been arrested over accusations that they damaged Peru's cultural heritage by defecating in a sacred temple at the iconic Machu Picchu sanctuary.

French chef fails in Michelin lawsuit over lost star

Nterre - A French court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit brought by a star chef seeking to force the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide to hand over its reasons for stripping his restaurant of a third star, just a year after he won it.

Escape Brexit with Down Under holiday, Australia tells UK

Sydney - Australia has launched a new tourism campaign starring singer Kylie Minogue aiming to attract British tourists fatigued by Brexit to escape on a laid-back Down Under holiday.
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Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. "Playa Amarilla" (Yellow Beach) enjoys active sea and a gentle beach slope, particularly suited to children.
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