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Pacific's Palau forces tourists to sign eco-pledge

- Visitors to the tiny Pacific nation of Palau are being made to sign a promise to respect the environment, in an innovative move that authorities hope will curb ecological damage caused by booming numbers of tourists.

Philippines a global hotspot for environmental murders

Oton - Environmental activists are being killed in record numbers around the world, with the corruption-plagued Philippines one of the most dangerous countries, according to watchdog Global Witness.

Confiscation crusaders try to save Philippine paradise

Oton - Tata gives hand signals for his men to drop to the rainforest floor as the searing whine of a chainsaw fades, their mission to save a critically endangered piece of paradise in the Philippines suddenly on hold.

Tourists roll up for Morocco's cannabis trail

Targuist - It may not feature in Morocco's official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country.

Bali paradise turns to tourist nightmare as volcano rumbles

Denpasar - Cancelled flights, missed connections and expiring visas have turned Bali into a nightmare for thousands of tourists scrambling to leave, as a volcano on the Indonesian vacation paradise threatens a major eruption.

Xi orders China's 'toilet revolution' to march on

Bejing - China's president has ordered the country to march on in its "revolution" to clean up notoriously dirty and foul-smelling public bathrooms in a bid to improve quality of life and boost tourism.

Georgia vows punishment after hotel blaze kills 11

Tbili - Georgian leaders have vowed to punish those responsible for a blaze that killed 11 people at a five-star hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort city of Batumi.

Paris scraps Big Wheel attraction

Paris - Paris councillors on Wednesday voted to axe the city's prominent riverside Ferris wheel, the French capital's version of the London Eye.

Airbnb raided by Japan fair trade watchdog, denies wrongdoing

Toukyo - Airbnb's offices in Japan have been raided by anti-monopoly officials, the homesharing giant said Friday, denying any wrongdoing and pledging cooperation.

Turquoise waterfalls dry up after Mexico quakes

San Crist - The Agua Azul waterfalls in southern Mexico are a playground of bright turquoise water cascading over limestone steps.But after a powerful earthquake hit the country, they dried up -- and the area's once-booming tourist economy along with them.

Barcelona business slumps amid Catalan crisis: group

Barcelona - Sales and bookings in shops and hotels in one of Barcelona's most popular neighbourhoods dipped by up to 30 percent last month amid the region's independence crisis, an industry representative said Thursday.

Tourists taking pictures trampled by elephant in Zambia

Lusaka - A Dutch and a Belgian tourist were trampled to death by an elephant in Zambia as they got too close to the animal when trying to take pictures, police said on Sunday.

Cash-strapped Rome eyes up Trevi Fountain coins

Rome - Sign of the times in Rome: the city's cash-strapped administration is eyeing up the coins tossed by tourists into the celebrated Trevi Fountain.

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Phuket - Bathed in a pink spotlight, the cabaret singer at Phuket's ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand.

Made-in-Italy: a 'Disneyland for foodies'

Bologna - A gastronomic theme park designed as a celebration of Italy's field-to-fork food culture opens next week with backers aiming to pull in six million visitors a year.

French robbers target big-spending Chinese tourists

Paris - Leon Chen looks frazzled as he shepherds a group of Chinese tourists through the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, past stands stacked with luxury bags, perfume, jewellery and caviar.

Missing US travel-blogger family found alive in Brazil

S - An American family missing for three days in northern Brazil was found alive Wednesday, after a drama in which they were robbed while on a boat trip.

Climbing Australia's giant red rock Uluru banned

Sydney - Climbing the world's largest monolith Uluru was banned Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a "theme park", undermining the giant red rock's deep cultural significance.

Historic Jewish quarter of Marrakesh sees revival

Marrakesh - The once teeming Jewish area of Moroccan tourist gem Marrakesh is seeing its fortunes revived as visitors including many from Israel flock to experience its unique culture and history.

Myanmar's tourism dreams pierced by Rohingya crisis

Yangon - Only a few years ago Beyonce and Jay-Z were posing for photos among Myanmar's famed temples, heralding the former junta-run country's rise as one of the hottest new tourist destinations on the map.

Once a shrine to Lenin, his birthplace city seeks a new identity

Ulyanovsk - Crowds are sparse these days at the world's biggest Lenin museum in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk, which has fences round it to protect visitors after several massive panels dropped off its facade.

Swiss tourists suffer brutal attack in India

New Delhi - A Swiss tourist has been left with a fractured skull after he and his girlfriend were attacked near the Taj Mahal during a holiday in India, police and media reports said Thursday.

Far from harpoons, whales star in Iceland ecotourism boom

- Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene.

Rio policeman who killed Spanish tourist charged

Rio De Janeiro - A Rio de Janeiro police officer who fatally shot a Spanish tourist in a dangerous favela slum was freed Tuesday from detention but has been charged with homicide.

Brazilian police shoot dead Spanish tourist: police

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Rio de Janeiro said Monday they accidentally shot dead a Spanish tourist who was visiting a violent favela slum where earlier two officers had been wounded.

Spain identifies 800 Britons suspected of making fake sickness claims

Madrid - Spanish police said Friday they had identified around 800 British tourists suspected of having made fake food poisoning claims after going on holiday in the Balearic Islands to try to win compensation.

St. Helena's isolation ends as air link opens

Jamestown - The first regular commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation.

Bridge of discord between Croatia and Bosnia

- Pero Brbora farms his shellfish in Croatia but has to cross the border into Bosnia, and out again, to sell them in his homeland.

Eiffel Tower concerts to mark 300 millionth visitor

Paris - The Eiffel Tower will be alive with music on Thursday as it celebrates the 300 millionth visitor to the Paris landmark since it opened in 1889."There will be drums on the courtyard of the Eiffel Tower.

Quake scares tourists from Mexico City's trendy heart

Mexico - Tourism to Mexico City was dealt a harsh blow by this week's deadly quake, scaring off visitors and resulting in thousands of hotel cancellations in a central zone that is normally the buzzing, trendy heart of the city.
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