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First US-to-Cuba cruise ship in decades docks in Havana

Havana - The first US cruise ship to travel to Cuba in half a century docked in Havana Monday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between the old Cold War foes.

First U.S.-to-Cuba cruise ship in decades sets sail

Miami - The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century set sail from Florida on Sunday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between Washington and Havana.

Trevi fountain runs red with 'blood' of persecuted Christians

Rome - The Trevi fountain in Rome was bathed in red light Friday, symbolising the spilt blood of persecuted Christians, in a grim makeover for one of Italy's most iconic monuments.

Japan wants foreign tourists to avoid 'public flatulence'

Toukyo - A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public "belching or flatulence" in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.

Tourist trinkets crafted by Haiti's child artisans

Port-au-prince - Seated on an earthen floor on the outskirts of Haiti's capital city, seven-year-old Samuel Jean fashions a little boat from a piece of wrought iron.

Costa Concordia captain shirks blame at Italy shipwreck appeal

Florence - Disgraced skipper Francesco Schettino Thursday began his battle to avoid prison for the 2012 cruise ship disaster off Italy in which 32 people died, his lawyers arguing that others should shoulder the blame.

Myanmar landmine blast wounds German tourists, guide

Yangon - Two German travellers and their local guide were wounded by shrapnel from a landmine in north Myanmar, close to an area of recent heavy fighting between ethnic minority rebel groups, officials said on Wednesday.

Cambodia firm to reduce elephant work hours after heatstroke death

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian tour operator said Tuesday it would reduce work hours for elephants during high temperatures following the collapse and death of an animal which had been ferrying tourists in 40C heat.

Attack on police sows panic in Acapulco tourist hub

Acapulco - Gunmen launched two nearly simultaneous attacks against federal police installations in Acapulco's tourist district, sowing panic as people ducked inside restaurants and stores in Mexico's crime-plagued resort, authorities said Monday.

Fears mount in quake-hit Nepal as tourists stay away

Mahankal - Former guesthouse owner Tenzing Lama remembers when foreign tourists thronged Nepal's Langtang valley, trekking through the breathtaking Himalayan wilderness and soaking up the tranquility.

Cuba clears way for cruise ship resumption

Havana - Cuba cleared the way Friday for the resumption of cruise voyages to and from the United States, lifting a restriction that barred travelers born in Cuba from the trips.

Mali arrests suspected mastermind of Radisson hotel attack

Bamako - A Mauritanian man suspected of planning and carrying out several recent deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali has been arrested in the Malian capital Bamako, security sources told AFP Friday.

Myanmar's 'long-necked' women hope to turn tourism into homecoming

- Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.

Picturesque Australian town on sale for $10 million

A small town rising as a tourist attraction in the heart of Australia’s Tasmania state is on the market for at least $10 million.

Loch Ness monster find turns out to be film prop

London - A marine robot deployed in the waters of Scotland's Loch Ness has found the remains of a monster but it turned out to be a prop from a movie shot in 1970.

Artist Christo in divine stunt on Italy lake

Brescia - World-renowned artist Christo may be 80, but he boasts the energy of a teenager: after creating umbrella forests, wrapping the Reichstag and decking Central Park in saffron, his new project will see audiences walk on water in Italy.

U.S. warns of 'credible threats' to Turkish tourist spots

Istanbul - The US embassy in Turkey on Saturday warned of "credible threats" to tourist areas in Istanbul and the resort city of Antalya, intensifying fears in a country hit by four suicide bombings this year.

France visitor numbers up in 2015 despite attacks

Paris - The number of foreign visitors to France grew in 2015 despite jihadist attacks in Paris thanks to a sharp rise in tourists from Asia, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday.

Building in dramatic collapse in tourist heart of Istanbul

Istanbul - A five-storey building collapsed spectacularly in a matter of moments in the heart of Istanbul Friday, sending passers-by fleeing in terror, local media reported.

Belgium struggles to win back tourists after attacks

Brussels - Gone are the usual snap-happy crowds on Brussels' famed Grand Place, visits to the Atomium monument have plummeted and hotel rooms are empty.Two weeks after the Belgian capital was hit by terror attacks, the country's tourist industry is in despair.

Celebrated hotel in Haiti gutted by fire

P - A fire early Monday ravaged one of the oldest hotel-restaurants in the upscale hilltop suburb of Petionville overlooking Port-au-Prince.

Croatia showcases lovebird storks to draw visitors

Zagreb - Croatia is trying to attract more visitors to its stunning Adriatic coast by showcasing the enduring love story of a male stork which has been flying thousands of miles every year to join his handicapped mate.

American becomes Japan's first salaried foreign ninja

Toukyo - A region of Japan looking to use "ninja" warriors to boost tourism has made an American man the first foreigner to draw a salary for joining the ranks of the stealth assassins.

Israel advises citizens to leave Turkey citing attack risk

Jerusalem - Israel on Monday advised its citizens to leave Turkey citing the potential for jihadist attacks after three Israelis were among four people killed in a March 19 suicide bombing in Istanbul.

Nigeria bets on elephants and warm springs to lure tourists

- A luxury safari is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when potential tourists think of Nigeria but that's exactly what Yankari Game Reserve is hoping to change.

Itching to graffiti? Do it digitally on Florence treasures

Florence - The days of scribbling "I woz here" on Florence's historic monuments are gone: from now on would-be vandals will be able to graffiti via an app instead, with their messages kept for posterity."Welcome to Giotto's Campanile!

In Florida, calls to keep 'saving the manatees'

Crystal River - When Brandy Pounds swam in central Florida's Crystal River earlier this month, she came so close to an endangered manatee that she could feel the sea cow's breath tickling her toes.

U.S. tourists seek preserved Cuba — and Cubans seek change

Havana - American Sue Pemberton rushed to Havana to experience authentic Cuba before the communist island gets swamped by capitalism. The only problem: millions of other foreigners had exactly the same idea.

Japanese spas urged to accept tattooed foreigners

Tokyo - To attract more overseas visitors, tourism authorities in Japan have asked spa operators to open their doors to tattooed foreign tourists wanting to experience the onsen, the Japanese term for hot springs.

U.S. 'treasure hunter' arrested after night in Jerusalem cave

Jerusalem - A US tourist has been arrested after spending a night in a cave below Jerusalem's Old City in what may have been a search for mythical buried treasure, police and media reports said Tuesday.
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