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Sri Lanka sets visitor cap as it reopens for foreign tourists

Colombo - Sri Lanka will restrict daily visitor numbers to 2,500, authorities said on Thursday, as it cautiously opened its doors to foreign tourists again after a 10-month coronavirus shutdown.

Foreigners without face masks punished with push-ups in Bali

Denpasar - Foreigners caught not wearing face masks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali are being subject to an unusual punishment: push-ups.

Tourism on track in the world's largest cave

Vietnam - Vast rock formations the size of multi-storey buildings loom above Ho Minh Phuc, as he picks a path through the gloom inside the world's largest cave.

Escaping coronavirus lockdowns, tourists flock to Dubai

Dubai - As much of the world tightens lockdowns to stem coronavirus, Dubai has flung its doors open, branding itself as a sunny, quarantine-free escape -- despite a sharp rise in cases.

High cost to wildlife from shark nets protecting S.Africa beaches

- "They're basically curtains of death," said shark diver Walter Bernardis as he reached over the side of his zodiac inflatable boat to pull up a net bobbing in eastern South Africa's subtropical waters.

Omanis revive memory of village swallowed by desert

- Encroaching sands have left little evidence that the Omani village of Wadi al-Murr ever existed, but former inhabitants and curious visitors are coming to rediscover the hamlet engulfed by the desert.

Sri Lanka welcomes first tourists despite new coronavirus strain

Colombo - Sri Lanka welcomed its first foreign tourists in nine months Monday even as a new deadlier strain of the coronavirus gripped the island.

Migrant workers in limbo as Austrian ski resorts reopen

Ischgl - Austria's ski lifts may be operating but as the country struggles to control coronavirus infections, the sector expects a subdued season -- and migrant workers who depend on it face an uncertain winter.

Quiet Bethlehem Christmas means 'less business, more religion'

Bethlehem - Deprived of its usual tourist influx by the pandemic, Bethlehem will celebrate a quiet Christmas this year that is less about commerce and more about religion, says its parish priest.

North Korea to redevelop flagship tourist resort

Seoul - Pyongyang plans to redevelop its flagship Mount Kumgang tourist complex into an international resort, a year after leader Kim Jong Un ordered South Korean-built buildings there demolished, state media reported Sunday.

Brazil's Rio cancels New Year beach party over pandemic

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's annual New Year's Eve beach bash, already reduced in scope and format, has been canceled due to the raging coronavirus pandemic, the mayor's office said Tuesday.

Singapore to allow business travel arrivals from all countries

Fpo - Singapore will allow business travellers and visiting officials from all countries to enter from next month, authorities said Tuesday, as the financial hub seeks to recover from a coronavirus-induced downturn.

Machu Picchu closes again, over local train dispute

- The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, closed its doors Monday for an indefinite period for security reasons amid protests by locals over train services, officials said.

Libya 4WD road warriors on bumpy ride to revive tourism

Libya - A road trip through Libya's desert would long have sounded like a holiday in hell but, two months into a ceasefire, adventurous travellers are exploring the Sahara by four-wheel drive.

Ukraine seeks World Heritage status for Chernobyl zone

Chernobyl - A soft snow fell as a clutch of visitors equipped with a Geiger counter wandered through the ghostly Ukrainian town of Pripyat, frozen in time since the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.

Israel unveils parts of Herod's palace buried by Judean king

Palestinian - Israeli authorities are set to unveil previously off-limits structures within King Herod's palace-fortress Herodium, which the tyrannical Roman-era leader interred as his enormous burial plot.

Singapore 'cruise to nowhere' cut short after virus case

Fpo - A "cruise to nowhere" off Singapore was cut short Wednesday after a passenger tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, a blow to efforts to revive the hard-hit industry.

Pandemic hits tiny Moldova's hopes for wine tourism boom

Cricova - The vast underground cellars of Moldova's Cricova winery used to echo with the sounds of hundreds of visitors. Now just a handful of guests wander past the huge barrels and endless rows of bottles holding its vintages.

Without tourists, some Barcelona hotels get creative to survive

Barcelona - Sergi Pino recently moved to Barcelona, but rather than renting a flat, he's staying at a hotel which has been forced to get creative to compensate for the absence of tourists.

Machu Picchu to ease Covid-19 visitor limit

- The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, will increase its daily visitor limit to more than 1,000, the Culture Ministry said Tuesday.

Iconic Vienna hotel turns to drive-in cake as pandemic bites

Vienna - The coronavirus pandemic may have forced many of Vienna's luxury hotels to close indefinitely as global travel restrictions keep away the many millions of tourists who usually visit the Austrian capital every year.

Swiss to keep skiing through pandemic, even as EU eyes ban

Geneva - As EU countries debate a bloc-wide ban on ski holidays to curb coronavirus infections, downhill enthusiasts may be tempted to head to non-member Switzerland, where the winter season is well underway.

Bosnian 'energy pyramids' boosted by Djokovic visits

Visoko - With tree-covered slopes that rise to a pointed summit, the mountain overlooking the Bosnian town of Visoko resembles any other ordinary hillside in the Balkan state.

Qatar hotels fighting to survive until 2022 World Cup

Doha - Qatar has marketed its opulent skyscraper hotels as jewels in its World Cup 2022 crown but coronavirus curbs and a glut in new properties are jeopardising the industry.

New Zealand vows crackdown on defecating backpackers

Wellington - The New Zealand government promised Wednesday to take action against backpackers relieving themselves at natural beauty spots as part of post-coronavirus tourism plans.

Towering outdoor lift zips tourists up China's 'Avatar' cliff

Yongding - Towering more than 300 metres (1,000 feet) up the cliff face that inspired the landscape for the blockbuster movie "Avatar", the world's highest outdoor lift whisks brave tourists to breathtaking views.

Private protection: Croatian codpiece is hit with tourists

Plitvicka Jezera - Once used to warm men's private parts during harsh winters in rural Croatia, the woollen codpiece or 'nakurnjak' is making a comeback as a popular souvenir, thanks to a handful of women preserving traditional handicrafts from oblivion.

Tripadvisor warning for Thai hotel that sued guest over bad review

Bangkok - Travel website Tripadvisor has slapped a warning on a Thai resort's listing, after it launched legal action against an American expat over a negative review, which briefly landed him in prison.

Police crackdown rocks top Mexican tourist resort

Canc - Images of terrified protesters fleeing police and gunfire have shaken one of Mexico's top beach resorts and dealt another blow to a tourism industry already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong and Singapore to launch 'travel bubble' on Nov 22

Fpo - Hong Kong and Singapore will launch a "travel bubble" on November 22, their governments said Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news for the pandemic-battered airline and tourism industries.
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