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Mexican resort area reels from back-to-back shootings

Canc - A tranquil Mexican seaside region reeled Wednesday from two shootings that left nine people dead and shattered the peace in a beach resort area beloved by US and European tourists.

Vienna's homeless show tourists life on the street

Vienna - On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna's central train station.

'This time is different': Istanbul tourism reels after attacks

Istanbul - Yavuz Indere has worked as a hotel receptionist in Istanbul for nearly half a century, witnessing coups, unrest and economic crises.

With tourists scarce, Egypt struggles to maintain heritage

Cairo - With a shaky economy following years of unrest and a huge drop in tourists, Egypt is struggling to preserve its fabled archaeological heritage.

Cuba reports banner tourism year in 2016

Havana - Cuba welcomed a record four million tourists in 2016, up 13 percent over last year, with much of the increase thanks to a crush of visitors from the US and Europe, officials said on Saturday.

First woman named to head Vatican Museums

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday named Italian Barbara Jutte as the next head of the Vatican Museums, making her the first woman to take charge of the Catholic Church's artistic treasures.

Tourists turn out at Berlin markets: 'otherwise they've won'

Berlin - Rattled but determined tourists hit Berlin's landmark attractions Tuesday, saying that to keep away after the Christmas market rampage would hand victory to the attackers.

Eiffel Tower reopens after five-day strike

Paris - The Eiffel Tower reopened to the public on Sunday after a labour strike closed the Paris landmark for five days.

Eiffel Tower strike extends into holiday season

Paris - The festive season in Paris kicked off Saturday without any tourist trips to the iconic Eiffel Tower, where a labour strike ground on for a fifth day.

Costa Rica scraps entry for EU Schengen, Japan visa holders

San Jos - Costa Rica this week abruptly changed its migration policy to stop visitors using visas for the EU's Schengen zone or for Japan from entering the country, causing many "problems," according to one official.The decision was not explained.

'Full French experience' at strike-hit Eiffel Tower

Paris - Tourists discovering Paris for the first time this week have had an unwelcome introduction to France's strike culture: a four-day stoppage at the Eiffel Tower has left thousands disappointed.

Rio gets UNESCO world heritage status

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN's list of world heritage sites Tuesday in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.

Eiffel Tower shut by third strike of 2016

Paris - Workers at the Eiffel Tower concerned over an upcoming paint job at the famous landmark went on strike Tuesday, the third stoppage at the monument in six months.

Italian tourist shot dead by drug traffickers in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Drug traffickers shot an Italian tourist in the head and killed him Thursday, after he and his companion strayed into a slum in Rio de Janeiro, police said.

Spain smashes another fake police ring that robbed tourists

Barcelona - Spanish police said Wednesday they had smashed a criminal gang of Iranians and Pakistanis who preyed on tourists in Barcelona by posing as police, just days after dismantling a similar ring in Madrid.

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.
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