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Spanish sun attracts tourists shunning attack-hit Mediterranean

Barcelona - It's low season and the sun in Barcelona shines only timidly, but Noel Sheehan's cycling tours are doing a roaring trade as holiday-makers shun their usual Mediterranean tourism hotspots after a spate of jihadist attacks.

Paris magic still enchants tourists despite terror attacks

Paris - Some visitors may be steering clear of the world's top tourist destination after terror attacks in the French capital, but for lovers, shoppers and gourmands who dare to go, Paris will always be Paris.

World tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics, migrants

Paris - The world's tourism map is being redrawn at lightning speed as holidaymakers switch preferences prompted by terror attacks, epidemics and migrant crises.

Attacks keep millions away from famed Egypt tourist sites

Cairo - Said Ramadan has lost count of how much he's borrowed just to stay afloat while other vendors at Giza's pyramids have already lost hope, as jihadist attacks bring Egypt's tourist industry to its knees."I have no money to buy clothes for my children ......

China school sees monkey business in New Year

Dongying - Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums.

New year, new travel: More Chinese choose tourism over tradition

Bejing - While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Lunar New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as far away as he can.

Paris entrepreneur's 2CV tours to go electric

Paris - The humble "Deux Chevaux", once ubiquitous in the French countryside, chugging down tree-lined roads -- cue accordion music -- is now more of a curiosity than a cheap and cheerful runabout.

Gulf tourist influx to Bosnia fuels luxury developments

Sarajevo - With 360 villas and apartments around an artificial lake, swimming pools, a halal supermarket and a Muslim prayer area, the 'Sarajevo resort' is one of Bosnia's most ambitious residential projects to date.

Moscow warns of IS plans to abduct Russians in Turkey

Moscow - Russia's federal tourism agency on Wednesday issued a warning that Islamic State jihadists were planning to abduct Russian citizens in Turkey.

'India's cleanest village' clings on to its serenity

- In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India's far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers -- but its reputation as Asia's cleanest village has proved a mixed blessing.

World tourism numbers hit new record in 2015 despite attack fears

Madrid - The number of international tourists rose by 4.4 percent worldwide in 2015 to hit a record 1.18 billion despite concerns over extremist attacks, the United Nations World Tourism Organization said Monday.

New York deal to limit horse-drawn carriage rides

New York - New York reached a deal that will almost halve the number of horses licensed to perform carriage rides in Central Park after the mayor called them inhumane to animals.

Montenegro to turn ex-concentration camp into luxury hotel

Podgorica - Montenegro has defended its decision to allow an island fortress and wartime concentration camp to be transformed into a luxury resort, a move that has sparked anger among relatives of its former prisoners.

Istanbul attack deals fresh blow to fragile Turkey tourism

Istanbul - This week's suicide attack in Istanbul has dealt a fresh blow to tourism in Turkey, which had already lost holidaymakers due to growing European jitters over terrorism and a spat with Russia, once a top supplier of visitors.

Istanbul tour guide 'heard a strange sound and shouted "run"'

Istanbul - The guide of a group of German tourists who were targeted by a suicide bomber in Istanbul said she heard the moment the attacker released his explosive charge and then shouted 'run!' to her clients, a report said Wednesday.

Istanbul terror attack strikes fear among tourists

Istanbul - They came in the hope of enjoying Istanbul's sights in the relative peace of the low season. But Tuesday's suicide attack in the heart of the city's historic Sultanahmet area left tourists reeling.

Airbnb under fire for 'illegal' West Bank listings

Jerusalem - Palestinian officials pledged to take action Tuesday against Airbnb over rooms for rent in settlements in the occupied West Bank being listed on the website as located within Israel.

Swedish tourist hurt in Egypt hotel attack leaves hospital

Hurgada - A Swedish tourist wounded in an attack on an Egyptian Red Sea resort hotel has been released from hospital, medical officials said Sunday.

Egypt hotel attack victims stable, witness recounts ordeal

Hurgada - Three European holidaymakers wounded in an attack in an Egyptian resort were in stable condition Saturday, as a witness recounted how the assailants burst into the hotel and stabbed guests.

3 European tourists hurt in Egypt attack, assailant killed

Cairo - Three European tourists were slightly wounded Thursday in an attack on a hotel at Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada, police said, adding that one "armed" assailant was killed and another injured.

Paris's Champs-Elysees to shut once a month for pedestrians

Paris - Paris's famed Champs-Elysees will soon be closed to traffic one day a month, allowing pedestrians to take over the chic avenue lined with some of the world's most expensive stores, the city's mayor said Wednesday.

French tourist killed in speedboat accident off Thai island

Bangkok - A speedboat struck and instantly killed a French tourist while she was swimming in waters reserved for snorkellers at a Thai resort, police said Wednesday.

Paris New Year hotel reservations slump

Paris - Paris hotels, usually crammed with New Year revellers, have seen New Year reservations plunge 30 percent in the wake of the November 13 attacks, the head of the regional hotel union said Thursday.

Protest outside Thai embassy in Myanmar against murder verdict

Yangon - Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Thailand's embassy in Yangon Friday after two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death by a Thai court for murdering two British backpackers, in a verdict that has sparked anger in their homeland.

Thai court hands Myanmar men death penalty for British tourist murders

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a pair of British holidaymakers on a Thai island, in a case that sullied the kingdom's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system.

Myanmar men face verdict over murder of British pair on Thai resort

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British backpackers on a Thai island face a verdict Thursday in a case that sullied the kingdom's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system.

Last-minute wage deal averts crippling Israel strike

Jerusalem - Israel's government and largest labour union reached an 11th-hour wage deal Wednesday to prevent a paralysing general strike that had threatened to disrupt travel for thousands of pilgrims at Christmas.

Croatia turns to Christmas tourism for economic cheer

Zagreb - With an ice sculpture festival, brass band fanfares and a huge skating rink, Croatia's capital is pulling in growing numbers of winter tourists in the hope of cheering its struggling economy.

'Pandamania' as bouncing Bei Bei makes media debut

Washington - A black-and-white fur ball known as Bei Bei the giant panda made its media debut Wednesday as the new star of Washington zoo, a month before stepping out to meet thousands of impatient fans.

Geologists fail to turn up Nazi 'gold train' in Poland

Walbrzych - No evidence supports the existence of a Nazi "gold train" loaded with treasures and buried in Poland at the end of World War II, researchers said Tuesday.
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