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Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii

Rome - A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday.

Tourists rail against Hanoi 'train street' ban

Hanoi - Selfie-snapping tourists railed against the closure of Hanoi's 'train street' on Thursday after police blocked off the Instragram-famous tracks for safety reasons.

Tourists surge at Uluru before Australia bans climb

Sydney - Large numbers of tourists are rushing to scale Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- ahead of a looming ban on climbing a site sacred to indigenous Australians.

Drowning rocks Mexico's idyllic floating gardens

Mexico - Noe Carmona is poling his small boat around Mexico City's floating garden district, Xochimilco, trying to sell roasted corn to tourists in the colorful gondolas that lazily ply the canals.

In northwest Spain, conservation efforts pay off as bears thrive

Somiedo - Daylight is only just breaking over Spain's Cantabrian Mountains and already a dozen enthusiasts are up and about in the hope of spotting a brown bear.

Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for first time

Apo - Saudi Arabia said Friday it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil.

After Thomas Cook fallout, Tunisia looks beyond seaside packages

Tunis - British tour operator Thomas Cook going bankrupt may not spell the end of tourism in Tunisia, but it highlights the need to diversify the key sector beyond all-inclusive beach holidays.

Dream of reviving north Cyprus ghost town may turn sour

Famagusta - A wire fence on a Cypriot beach is all that separates Pavlos Iacovou from the hotel he owns but has not visited in decades -- now a sudden decision from Ankara could change all that.

World tourism numbers up 4% in first half of 2019: UN

Madrid - International tourist arrivals rose by 4.0 percent in the first half of 2019, but trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty could hinder growth, the UN World Tourism Organization said Monday.

E-bike grumbles echo in the Bavarian Alps

Lenggries - Robert Werner and his wife Ursula usually make time to say a friendly hello to hikers as they ride their gently whirring e-bikes up trails in the Bavarian Alps. But more often than not, their greetings are met with frowns.

Tourist told to pull 'Nazi grandpa' comments in Austria

Vienna - An Austrian court has ruled that a German tourist who took exception to a World War II portrait in an Austrian guesthouse had no right to complain about it on travel sites, the hotel owner's lawyer said Friday.The tourist posted comments on Booking.

Monkey business: Vietnam macaque island draws tourists — and criticism

Nha Trang - Menacing macaques snatch bags of crisps, water bottles, cookies and crackers from uneasy tourists on Vietnam's Monkey Island, a popular attraction decried as cruel by activists calling for an end to animal tourism in Southeast Asia.

Blockbuster King Tut show breaks French attendance record

Paris - A major show of artefacts found in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun in Paris has smashed visitor records for a French exhibition, after being extended to cope with huge crowds.The La Villette hall in northeast Paris has sold more than 1.

Seven dead after 'out of nowhere' flood in Kenya

Nairobi - A tourist who lost his wife and four other family members in a flash flood in Kenya told AFP Monday the wall of water surged "out of nowhere" as they hiked to a popular gorge.

Ivory Coast's 'Floating Island' points to greener tourism

Abidjan - The seaside resort offers visitors a cool drink or tasty meal, a dip in a pool, a karaoke session or an overnight stay, all with a view.Nothing much new there, you may say -- creature comforts like this are pretty much standard in tropical hotels.

Robust baht, travel trends rattle Thai tourism market

Bangkok - A strong Thai baht and a slowdown in arrivals from China are battering the kingdom's moneymaking tourism machine even as the country hopes to welcome a record 40 million visitors by the end of the year.

Qingdao remembers its German past with massive beer festival

Qingdao - It may be more than a century since the Germans left Qingdao but the Chinese port city still pays tribute to its Bavarian past with a huge annual "Oktoberfest", though held in July-August.

Czech couple pray in cleansing ritual after Bali temple antics

Ubud - A Czech couple slammed for disrespecting a Balinese temple took part in a ritual purification ceremony Thursday, after their antics sparked warnings that boorish tourists may be kicked off the Indonesian holiday island.

Frenchman charged over deadly boat accident in Greece

Athens - A French man was charged in Greece on Sunday over a boat accident that left two dead and another person seriously injured, state TV ERT reported.

US ends visa-free entry for foreigners who have visited North Korea

Washington - Washington on Monday revoked visa-free entry rights to the United States for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the past eight years, potentially dealing a new blow to the isolated country's nascent tourist industry.

Brexit windfall: London's tourists cheer cheap pound

London - Daniela and Alberto Passarini have been to London at least half a dozen times in the past 15 years.

Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district

Amsterdam - Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canalside streets of Amsterdam – and that's how they want it to stay.

Hong Kong protesters rally at airport to 'educate' visitors

Fpo - Thousands of Hong Kongers, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport's arrivals hall on Friday to "educate" visitors about the demonstrations currently gripping the international finance hub as it braces for another weekend of protests.

Hong Kong protesters rally at airport to 'educate' visitors

Fpo - Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport's arrival hall on Friday in a bid to "educate" visitors about the unprecedented demonstrations currently roiling the international finance hub.

Iceland tops Europe as most expensive

Reykjav - The hot springs of Iceland are not the only thing making tourists sweat, as a look at the hotel or lunch bill will tell you that most things cost more, sometimes much more, than anywhere else in Europe.

Venice coffee costs rule-breaking German tourists 950 euros

Rome - Two German tourists were fined Friday for making themselves a coffee on the steps of the famous Rialto bridge in Venice and asked to leave the city, the municipal authorities said.

Brew hullabaloo gets German tourists kicked out of Venice

Rome - A couple of German tourists were ordered to leave Venice on Friday for brewing coffee at the foot of the famous Rialto bridge.The Berliners, 32 and 35, had stopped for a rest, downing their backpacks to prepare a cup of coffee using a little gas stove....

Essential Science: Big seaweed bloom triggers pollution concern

Scientists have discovered the biggest seaweed bloom in the world. This is a record-breaking belt of brown algae, from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s here to stay for the long-term, and this means ecological trouble.

As China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to tourists

Kashgar - From the expansive dunes of the Taklamakan Desert to the snow-capped peaks of Tianshan, Chinese authorities are selling troubled Xinjiang as a tourist idyll, welcoming travellers even as they send locals to internment camps.

Famed Spanish bull run festival ends with 8 people gored this year

Pamplona - Thousands of revellers raised candles and red scarves in the air and swayed back and forth as they sang a mournful song to mark the end on Sunday of Spain's most famous bull running festival in Pamplona which saw eight daredevils gored this year.
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