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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has condemned a flagship tourist development with the South as an eyesore and ordered buildings there demolished, state media reported Wednesday, in a stark illustration of dire relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.

High hopes as Dubai marks one-year countdown to Expo 2020

Fireworks exploded over Dubai's skyline on Sunday to mark the one-year countdown to Expo 2020, a big-budget global trade fair the glitzy emirate's rulers hope will restore its flagging fortunes.

Loopholes riddle Saudi reforms on 'guardianship' of women

Saudi Arabia has eased travel restrictions on women but observers say loopholes still allow male relatives to curtail their movements and, in the worst cases, leave them marooned in prison-like shelters.

Dubai's vast Expo 2020 site rises from the desert

With a year to go until the Expo 2020 trade fair, the mammoth venue in Dubai's desert is currently a tangle of steel, concrete and dust.

Travelers worry and wait as unrest strands thousands at Chile airport

Perched on his large blue suitcase, back against a wall and staring vacantly into space, Henrry Martinez resigned himself to the wait.

Long-persecuted Yazidis welcome new 'sanctuary' temple

Yazidis, an ancient ethnic group much persecuted for their faith, now have a massive new temple in Armenia to help preserve their religion and identity.

Travel apps come up 100% failure of security standards Special

A study into the world’s most popular travel apps has shown them to have a 100 percent failure rate by OWASP standards. This means vulnerabilities for consumers and travel service providers, according to John Aisien, CEO of Blue Cedar.

US targets Cuba tourism with tighter airline sanctions

The US moved to further hurt Cuba's vital tourism industry by tightening the ability of the country's airlines to lease aircraft.

Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney

A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial airline from New York to Sydney this weekend.

Thai king postpones royal barge procession until December

Thailand's newly crowned king has postponed next week's final event marking his historic coronation -- a royal barge procession down Bangkok's Chao Phraya river -- by almost two months, a deputy premier announced Thursday.

'SOS' picked up on CCTV saves Aussie woman lost in bush

An Australian woman lost for three days in dense bushland was found Wednesday after a man remotely monitoring security footage saw an 'SOS' sign scrawled in the earth on his property.

Nepali climber set for final summit in record 14-peak bid

Nepali adventurer Nirmal Purja is on track to make history after Chinese authorities granted him a special permit Tuesday to climb the final mountain of a 14-peak quest despite closing the peak for the season.

Public buses return to Tripoli after 30 years

Parked in a hangar in downtown Tripoli, some 35 buses awaited this week's launch of a new urban public transport scheme -- the first in the Libyan capital in three decades.

Kashmir hotels empty or shut as tourist restrictions lifted

India lifted on Thursday restrictions on tourists visiting Kashmir, but for hotels around the picturesque lake in Srinagar two months into a lockdown it was still far from business as usual.

Tourists rail against Hanoi 'train street' ban

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

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.

Six months on, Notre-Dame's rebirth still years away

One day after the blaze that scarred Notre-Dame, President Emmanuel Macron addressed a nation in shock at the damage to one of its great cultural landmarks, with a promise that rang as clearly as the peal of the cathedral's bells.

Uber launches Uber Pet to allow pets to accompany Uber customers

The ride-hailing company Uber is experimenting with a new feature that is designed to reduce cancellations from customers who want to bring their pet on a ride. The new feature Uber Pet will be offered in select cities beginning this October 16th.

Drowning rocks Mexico's idyllic floating gardens

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.

Ukraine leaps into tourism — Tour Chernobyl's control room four

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster, has seen a huge increase in visitor numbers in recent years as part of a growing global interest in dark tourism. Now, Ukraine has made it a tourist destination.

Indonesia scraps plans to close komodo dragon island

Indonesia has scrapped plans to ban tourists from an island home to komodo dragons and will instead limit visitor numbers and raise entry prices to create a "premium destination", officials said.

Residents flee after Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Papua New Guinea's volatile Ulawun volcano erupted early Tuesday, sending a column of red lava shooting up into the sky and forcing the evacuation of recently returned residents.

Taiwan shrugs as communist China hails 70th anniversary

Communist China's creation seven decades ago irrevocably changed Taiwan, but Beijing's huge celebrations this week will be met with a collective shrug on an island where people increasingly see themselves as distinct from the mainland.

Huge crowds for inauguration of Senegal's mega-mosque

Tens of thousands of people from across Senegal converged on the capital Dakar on Friday for the inauguration of a huge mosque, claimed to be the largest in West Africa.

No kidding: Japan airlines offer seat maps to avoid tots

Fed up with finding yourself next to a screaming child on a long-haul flight? On some Japanese airlines a seat map will warn you where potentially bawling babies are sitting.

Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for first time

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.

American Airlines, LATAM face lawsuit over Cuba business

The son of the former owner of Cuba's main airport has filed a lawsuit against American Airlines and South American carrier LATAM for profiting from property seized by Fidel Castro's government.

After Thomas Cook fallout, Tunisia looks beyond seaside packages

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.

Startup Air Doctor secures in $3.1 million in seed funding

An innovative new startup - Air Doctor - which helps global travelers to find local doctors, has secured $3.1 million in seed funding. The money will be used to help the service to expand further and to reach more passengers.

London repatriates 10% of Thomas Cook's UK customers

Britain has repatriated ten percent of nationals who were stranded abroad after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook, authorities said Tuesday, as anger erupted over excessive management pay.

Mexico braces for impact as Thomas Cook collapses

Mexico is bracing for a "very powerful" impact from the collapse of British travel firm Thomas Cook, an official said Monday, as several hundred tourists gathered at the Cancun airport looking for a way home.

Anxious Thomas Cook passengers seek a way home to Britain

Standing in a long line or sitting on their suitcases, anxious Thomas Cook passengers at Palma airport faced an uncertain wait on Monday for a flight to Britain following the collapse of the travel giant.

Tunisia sets up crisis cell for Thomas Cook fallout

Tunisia has set up a crisis cell to deal with the fallout of British tour operator Thomas Cook's collapse on Monday, which has left around 4,500 mostly British tourists stranded in the North African country, officials said.

Thomas Cook airline Condor keeps flying but seeks govt loan

Condor, the German airline subsidiary of British travel giant Thomas Cook, said Monday it was requesting financial aid from Berlin to help keep it in the air even after its parent company declared bankruptcy.

Suspected drones disrupt Dubai flights

Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted Sunday due to "suspected drone activity," officials said.

What awaits tourists hit by Thomas Cook crisis?

The possible bankruptcy of British tour operator Thomas Cook, which was fighting for survival on Sunday, would be a bombshell for European holidaymakers and trigger a mammoth repatriation operation.

Dream of reviving north Cyprus ghost town may turn sour

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.

Hurricane Lorena makes landfall at Mexico's Los Cabos resort

Lorena made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, lashing the turquoise waters of popular beach destination Los Cabos on Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

Among the believers in North Korea's 'holy land'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor is said to have been born in a simple wooden hut on the slopes of a sacred mountain, and guide Kim Un Sim has no doubts: "Welcome to our holy land.

Giant art project transforms East German housing blocks

An enduring reminder of the communist era, the vast, concrete "Plattenbau" tower blocks that surround cities in eastern Germany are usually considered eyesores rather than works of art.

Hurricane Humberto brushes Bermuda

Residents of the tiny British archipelago of Bermuda battened down the hatches as Hurricane Humberto, a major category 3 storm packing fierce winds and punishing rain, brushed near the islands Wednesday evening.
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