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Hyena attacks teen in S.Africa's Kruger Park

Johanesburg - A 15-year-old was in a serious condition Monday after he was attacked in his tent by a hyena at South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park, officials said.

Tunisia flaunts seaside security year after beach massacre

Hammamet - Policemen on horseback amble among the sunbathers and new metal detectors dot hotel entrances in Tunisia as the North African country seeks to bring back tourists a year after a seaside massacre.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching could cost a million tourists

Sydney - Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday.

U.S. toddler's body found after gator attack at Disney resort

Orlando - A US family's desperate search for their toddler son, who was snatched by an alligator off the shore of a lake at a Disney resort, ended when divers found the two-year-old's body in murky water.

Is Paris burning? Recurring violence dogs France's image

Paris - What with protesters and police clashing in Paris, football hooligans brawling at Euro 2016 matches and a deadly jihadist attack, France is hardly a picture-postcard destination these days.

U.S. toddler believed dead after gator attack at Disney resort

Orlando - One US family's Disney vacation has turned to tragedy -- a two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at the shore of a resort lake and dragged underwater is believed dead, authorities said Wednesday.

Orlando massacre raises fears for vital tourism industry

Orlando - The highway from Orlando International Airport into town hums with cars and buses full of families from around the world giddy over the prospect of having fun at Disney World and other theme parks.

Alligator snatches toddler at Florida Disney resort hotel

Orlando - An American family's Disney vacation turned into a nightmare when an alligator snatched their two-year-old boy at the shore of a resort lake and the father was unable to pry the toddler from the animal's jaws, officials said Wednesday.

Lasers uncover hidden secrets of Cambodia's ancient cities

Phnom Penh - Unprecedented new details of medieval cities hidden under jungle in Cambodia near Angkor Wat have been revealed using lasers, archaeologists said Sunday, shedding new light on the civilisation behind the world's largest religious complex.

Montenegro's tourist jewel riven by drug gang feuds

Kotor - With its winding cobbled streets and stunning Adriatic bay, the Montenegrin town of Kotor draws crowds of visitors each summer.But deadly gang violence threatens to cloud the tourist boom.

In France, overflowing bins, strikes greet Euro 2016 visitors

Paris - Overflowing rubbish bins, transport strikes, violent political protests, and floods -- the image of France as Euro 2016 kicks off on Friday is worrying tourist chiefs.

Two Chinese tourists killed in latest Thai speedboat crash

Bangkok - Two Chinese tourists were killed in Thailand on Wednesday when a pair of speedboats smashed into each other, police said, the second fatal boating accident involving tourists in less than two weeks.

Rio rolls out new light rail trains ahead of Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes on Sunday inaugurated a light rail transport system just ahead of the Olympic Games, and was met by demonstrators who oppose heavy Games spending and Brazil's interim government.The 28-kilometer (17.

Paris Ritz hotel to open after four-year makeover

Paris - The landmark Paris Ritz hotel will re-open its palatial doors to guests Monday after nearly four years of renovations and a major fire.

Paris holiday landmarks blighted by floods

Paris - The trappings of a dream Paris holiday -- a visit to the Louvre, cruising the Seine under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower -- have been drowned under torrential rainfall this week.

Thai tiger temple monk caught fleeing with skins, fangs

Bangkok - Thai authorities uncovered a trove of animal parts and intercepted a monk trying to leave a controversial "tiger temple" with skins and fangs Thursday, the latest discovery to fuel accusations that the zoo is involved in the illegal wildlife trade.

Rare 'baby dragon' hatches in Slovenia

Postojna - The strange, slithery creatures inside Slovenia's Postojna cave were once considered living proof that dragons existed, prompting locals to give it a wide berth.

Elephants in Tanzania reserve could be wiped out by 2022

Nairobi - Elephants in Tanzania's sprawling Selous Game Reserve could be wiped out within six years if poaching continues at current levels, the World Wildlife Fund warned.

Brazil eases visa rules ahead of Rio Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is lifting visa requirements for tourists from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States starting Wednesday to encourage travel to the Rio Olympics, the government said.

Captain awaits appeal verdict over Concordia disaster

Florence - Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino was on Tuesday due to hear the outcome of his appeal against his lengthy jail sentence for the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster that left 32 people dead.

Paris tourism hit by attacks, protests

Paris - Already suffering from the impact of last year's jihadist attacks, tourism in Paris faces a fresh challenge from the recent wave of violent strikes and protests, tourism bosses warned on Monday.

Turkey visitors down over 30% in April as tourism slumps

Istanbul - The number of foreigners visiting Turkey crashed by almost 30 percent in April as tourists stayed away due to security fears following a wave of attacks and tensions with Russia, statistics showed Friday.

China pushes 'patriotic' tours in South China Sea: Report

Bejing - China will turn contested islands in the South China Sea into pleasure-trip destinations for "patriotic" tourists, state-media said Friday, in a move likely to further stoke regional tensions.

Three tourists killed, one missing in Thai speed boat accident

Bangkok - Three foreign women were killed and one other tourist remains missing after a packed speed boat capsized off the popular Thai holiday island of Koh Samui, police said Friday.

Hope and relief as Everest season draws to a close

Kathmandu - Hundreds of mountaineers have reached the summit of Everest in recent weeks, drawing a line under two years of tragedy on the world's highest peak.

Discrimination case against Disneyland Paris should be dropped: Prosecutors

Meaux - Discrimination charges against Euro Disney over job adverts that called only for "European" candidates should be dropped, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Plane crash prolongs Egypt's economic misery

Cairo - Egypt's latest air disaster is another crushing blow to a country whose tourism-dependent economy is struggling to recover from years of jihadist attacks and political turmoil, analysts said.

Central Park re-opens secret sanctuary after 80 years

New York - Eighty years after it was shut off to the world, New York has reopened a secret woodland sanctuary a stone's throw from Fifth Avenue, just in time for summer.The four-acre (1.

U.S. warns Americans against travel to North Korea

Washington - The State Department has urged Americans to avoid all travel to North Korea, warning that US citizens making the trip risk long and "unduly harsh" imprisonment if they fall foul of laws in the hermit state.

Australia delays 'backpacker tax' after backlash

Sydney - Working holidaymakers from overseas were given a reprieve Tuesday from being hit with a so-called "backpacker tax" in Australia after a campaign by farmers and the tourism industry.
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