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Barcelona, Spain's tourism magnet, hopes attacks won't dent appeal

Barcelona - A tourist magnet in Spain, adored for its beaches and architecture, Barcelona is working to reassure future visitors in the hope that last week's bloody rampage won't impact a key sector for its economy.

Sierra Leone warns against swimming in Freetown waters

Freetown - Authorities in Sierra Leone on Tuesday warned tourists and locals against swimming in the capital's waters after 60 bodies washed up following deadly flooding and mudslides in Freetown last week.

Blind visitors in Colombia try salsa, paragliding

Cali - Salsa and paragliding may not seem unusual to many visitors to the Colombian city of Cali. But exotic dances and extreme sports are brand new thrills to blind tourists from around the world.

Brief tourism impact from Spain attacks: experts

Paris - The attacks in Catalonia may hit tourist numbers, but the recent experience of other European countries hit by jihadist violence suggests it will likely be brief, industry experts said.

Bodies strewn on street in Barcelona van rampage

Barcelona - Barcelona's most famous street was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds on a sunny Thursday afternoon, leaving scenes of carnage and panic."There were bodies on the ground with people crowding round them.

Packed with tourists, Ibiza struggles to house locals

Ibiza - Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain's Ibiza where rental prices have shot up as mass tourism takes its toll on locals.

Fed up with mass tourism, Europe's hotspots take away the welcome mat

Barcelona - "Never again a summer like this": Exasperated with the hordes of visitors they blame for making their city unliveable, Barcelona residents have risen in protest.

Turkey agrees extra holidays to boost tourism

Ankara - The Turkish government on Tuesday extended upcoming public holidays to 10 days in the hope of boosting the tourism sector which has been hit by a slump in foreign visitors.

International travel to US drops for first time since 2009

Washington - The number of international visitors to the United States has dropped for the first time since 2009, as did their spending, the US Department of Commerce said Friday.In 2016, 75.

Spain calls in police to help with Barcelona airport strike

Madrid - Spain on Friday called in police to help with security checks at Barcelona's busy airport as a strike continues at the peak of the holiday season, causing long queues and safety concerns.

Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats

Hagatna - Tourism-dependent Guam is looking to cash in on its new-found fame as a North Korean missile target, tapping an unlikely promotional opportunity to attract visitors to the idyllic island and prove that all publicity is good publicity.

Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth

- It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance -- and is teasing tourists to its forest-cocooned ruins.

Avoiding a Greek tragedy for Athens' modernist architecture

Atenas - Although in the shadow of its ancient hilltop Parthenon, Athens is also home to elegant architectural gems from the 19th and 20th centuries which marked its emergence as modern Greece's capital.

China quake scars treasured scenic tourist site

Chengdu - The strong earthquake that jolted southwestern China appears to have left deep physical scars on Jiuzhaigou, a network of mountain valleys prized as one of the country's few remaining areas of pristine natural beauty.

Canary Islands keep beaches open despite algae bloom

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - Authorities in Spain's Canary Islands kept beaches open to the public Tuesday but warned holidaymakers against touching potentially irritating microalgae blooms that have infested the waters.

Thieves target historic Portuguese decorative tiles

Lisbon - Gaping holes on the crumbling walls of an abandoned palace in the heart of Lisbon mark where decorative ceramic tiles have been yanked off, to the displeasure of passing tourists.

Algae blooms irk Canaries beachgoers

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - Microalgae blooms proliferating in hot weather in Spain's Canary Islands are irritating beachgoers, who should avoid direct contact with them, local authorities said Monday.

British tourist shot after wrong turn in Brazilian favela

Rio De Janeiro - A British tourist was shot and wounded after accidentally driving with her husband and three children into a favela controlled by criminals in a usually idyllic holiday spot near Rio de Janeiro, police said.

Chinese tourists detained in Berlin for Hitler salute

Berlin - Two Chinese tourists were detained in Berlin for making the straight-armed Hitler salute for photos in front of the Reichstag parliament building, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday.

N. Korea says door remains 'open' for US tourists

Seoul - North Korea's doors are still open to US tourists, Pyongyang said Friday, despite Washington banning its citizens from travelling there following the death of a US student who had been jailed in the country.

Shellfish, fire and Party praise: beach breaks, North Korea style

- Take several dozen North Korean clams. Arrange vent-down on concrete slab. Douse liberally with petrol. Ignite. Add fuel until cooked.

France remains world's favourite tourism destination

Madrid - France retained its position as the world's favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN's World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Wednesday, defying concerns over terror attacks.

US issues ban on tourist travel to North Korea

Washington - The United States issued a ban on Wednesday prohibiting its citizens traveling to North Korea, a move triggered by the death of a US student imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit.

The Laos teens beating poverty as novice monks

Luang Prabang - Each dawn, lines of teenage monks in orange robes criss-cross the temple-studded streets of Luang Prabang, the religious heart of Laos and the storied seat of kings and colonisers.

Eternal City's woes turn up heat on Rome mayor

Rome - The foulest stench is in the air, but the zombie-like creatures lurching through rubbish-strewn streets of Rome are not monsters in Michael Jackson's "Thriller", but heat-weary tourists and furious residents.

Paris tourism alive and kicking again after terror doldrums

Paris - High-kicking dancers are enthralling full houses again at the Moulin Rouge and art lovers are swarming the Louvre as Paris enjoys a tourism revival after plummeting numbers brought on by terror attacks.

Rwanda targets high-end tourist market

- Nicaraguan singer Hernaldo Zuniga brought his entire family to trek through the lush forests and mist-shrouded volcanoes of northwestern Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas.

N. Korea official: 'We don't care' about US travel ban

Pyongyang - Washington's ban on US citizens travelling to North Korea will have no effect on the country's tourism industry and Pyongyang does not care about it "at all", a senior development official insisted Tuesday.

N.Korea official: 'We don't care' about US travel ban

Pyongyang - Washington's ban on US citizens travelling to North Korea will have no effect on the country's tourism industry and Pyongyang does not care about it "at all", a senior development official insisted Tuesday.

Last chance to see North Korea for US tourists

Pyongyang - The Westerners lined up on Sunday before giant statues of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il and, on command from their guide, bowed deeply.
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