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Q&A: Remaining cyber safe when travelling over the Holiday season Special

Douglas Crawford, privacy expert at BestVPN.com, discusses what the Marriott cyber-hack means for the 367 million affected, and how consumers can take better steps in protecting themselves online.

Foreigners put on alert over French fuel protests

Paris - Foreigners were put on alert for possible violence during Saturday's French fuel protests, particularly in Paris, with some embassies warning their nationals to stay well away.

Airbnb says quarterly revenue topped $1 bn

San Francisco - Airbnb said Friday it took in more than a billion dollars in revenue in the past three months, calling it the best quarter ever for the home-sharing giant as it readies a stock market offering.

Passengers stranded as Cypriot airline goes bust

Larnaca - Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced it was cancelling all flights from Thursday after just two years in operation, leaving passengers stranded and scrambling to get their money back.

Pro-EU Brit hits the road to spell out 'stop Brexit'

London - A passionately pro-European Briton has quit his job to drive around the continent for months spelling out "stop Brexit" on maps depicting his circuitous route.

Russian trains to end dependence on Moscow time

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday announced that it will stop running all long-distance trains across its 11 time zones on Moscow time (GMT+3), ending a frequent cause of confusion for travellers.

Belarus extends visa-free travel for tourists to 30 days

Minsk - Belarus on Tuesday announced that it is extending visa-free travel for tourists from five days to 30 days in a move that could attract more visitors to the ex-Soviet state on the European Union's doorstep.

European tourist magnets hit back as Airbnb turns 10

France - Facing competition from Airbnb, which will celebrate a decade this summer, top European attractions such as Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona are out to revamp their own offerings.

North Korean airline plans new route to China's Xian

Bejing - North Korea's national airline Air Koryo plans to open a new route linking Pyongyang and Xian in China, a staff member said Thursday, in the latest sign of the nuclear-armed state's possible emergence from isolation.

Driving from Netherlands to Australia in an electric car

To drive from Netherlands to Australia by car is challenging enough; to do so in an electric car is something remarkable. This is what Wiebe Wakker has just achieved, in 827 days.

Lebanese man stranded for 42 days in Ecuador airport

Quito - A Lebanese man has been stuck in immigration purgatory at an airport in Ecuador for 42 days after losing his passport and being returned there from Spain.

Can digital transformation make air travel easier?

Air travel can often probe frustrating for air passengers, whether business or leisure. Flight delays and confusing directions around terminals are just two common complaints. Digital technology could address these issues.

Smart luggage firms lose battery fight

Two smart luggage companies have closed down this month, citing the changes to airline policies which affect how lithium batteries can be taken on-board aeroplanes.

'Party city' Amsterdam to crack down on tourists

Den Haag - Amsterdam is seeking to contain the flood of tourists swamping the city, with the incoming council proposing a series of tough measures and plans to hike tourism taxes.

European airlines seek bigger piece of Latin American pie

Fortaleza - Air France-KLM's inauguration Thursday of a flight to a little developed corner of Brazil highlights European airlines' attempt to bring the continents together, catching up with far more dominant routes between South and North America.

Australia boy, 12, runs away to Bali using family credit card

Sydney - Australian police were Tuesday investigating how a 12-year-old boy managed to fly alone to the Indonesian island of Bali and spend four days at a resort using his parents' credit card.

Giant new Istanbul airport '85 pct done, to open on time'

Istanbul - Istanbul's giant new airport, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes will make the city a global air traffic hub, is 85 percent finished and will open on time this year, the transport minister said Friday.

North Korean flag lights up Pyongyang's 'Hotel of Doom'

Pyongyang - The towering hulk of the Ryugyong Hotel, a vast and unfinished edifice that has loomed over Pyongyang for decades, was lit up on Monday night.

Loneliness of the long distance runners in North Korea

Pyongyang - A few hundred foreigners lined up in Kim Il Sung stadium Sunday for the Pyongyang marathon, less than half of last year's contingent with Western tourism to North Korea battered by nuclear tensions and a US travel ban.

Main Moscow airport misses World Cup runway deadline: report

Moscow - Moscow's busiest airport will not receive a crucial new runway in time for the World Cup, a report said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Vladimir Putin's prestige event.

Half of European flights face delays after computer failure

Apo - European air travellers faced mass disruption on Tuesday with up to half of all flights delayed after the system that manages air traffic for the continent broke down.

Half of European flights face delays after computer failure

Apo - European air travellers faced mass disruption on Tuesday with around half of all flights at risk of delays following a technical problem at Eurocontrol, the agency in charge of the continent's skies.

US visa seekers will have to disclose social media

Washington - Travelers to the United States will soon have to submit their social media identities, previous telephone numbers and email addresses, a measure that could touch 10 million people per year.

Travel sector is turning to AI: Interview Special

The travel sector is increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to improve the traveler journey from start to finish. To gain an insight into what the use of technology means for the sector, Noreen Henry of WayBlazer assesses the trends.

Uzbekistan takes a broader view on tourist photographs

Tashkent - Uzbek authorities are to ease strict rules that bar visitors from taking photos or videos in parts of the country's picturesque capital, in a new bid to encourage tourism.

New wave of Iranian globetrotters hits the road

Tehran - A travel frenzy is gripping young Iranians, who are inspiring each other through social media to overcome traditional constraints and expand their horizons.

Brazil authorities prevent former leader Lula from leaving country

S - Former Brazilian president Lula Inacio Lula da Silva, who was planning to travel to Ethiopia, was not allowed to leave the country, the justice ministry said Thursday, one day after an appeals court upheld his conviction on corruption charges.

Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Berlin - Nine people including two firefighters were killed Thursday as violent gales battered northern Europe, snapping air and train links.

Violent storms bring travel chaos to the Netherlands

Den Haag - Severe winter gales battered the Netherlands Thursday forcing Amsterdam airport to cancel all flights, bringing Dutch trains to a halt and toppling trucks as winds reached 140 kilometres (86 miles) an hour.

US revamps travel warning system, ranks countries

Washington - The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map.
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