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  • Border tourism booms since meeting of 2 Korean leaders

    05/20/2018 12:31:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | May 21, 2018 | IANS
    Tourism to security-related sights near the border between North and South Korea has boomed since the leaders of the two countries met last month, media reports said on Sunday. The number of visitors to tourist sights near the border has gone up 30 per cent, from 1,200-2,300 per day in the same period last year to 1,500-3,000 per day, Yonhap News agency reported. The sights include a tunnel constructed by North Korea for invading the South and the Dora Observatory from which the North Korean village of Kaesong is visible. The local government also ascribed the rise in the number...
  • Melania Trump tourism: First lady's hometown Sevnica lures visitors

    05/09/2018 2:11:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | May 9, 2018 | John Malathronas
    It may have brightly painted walls and leafy gardens, but Savo Kladnik Elementary School is unlikely to be on anyone's must-visit travel list. Or at least that was the case until November 2016, when a certain former pupil -- Melania Trump -- was revealed as the next first lady of the United States. Now Savo Kladnik, named after a political activist slain in World War II, is one of the key stops on a tour of the Slovenian town of Sevnica where the third Mrs. Trump spent her formative years. While the rest of Slovenia has been somewhat slow to...
  • Global tourism's carbon footprint is four times bigger than thought, study says

    05/07/2018 9:22:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 5/7/2018 | Susan Scutti
    Global tourism accounts for 8% of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, four times more than previously believed, new research says. Some gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the atmosphere, producing a "greenhouse effect," and so make the planet warmer. The amount of greenhouse gases released by a particular activity is referred to as its "carbon footprint." The increasing carbon footprint of global tourism between 2009 and 2013 represents a 3% annual growth in emissions, according to University of Sydney researchers. Their paper was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
  • How to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone

    05/06/2018 6:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | May 3, 2018 | Kate Springer
    All eyes are on the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) right now, where South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in April and vowed to bring peace to the peninsula. Even the US President could be on his way there. A source told CNN in May that Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet President Trump at the DMZ, a no-man's land about 30 miles north of Seoul that was established in the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement. Dividing the peninsula like a scar, the 160-mile-long treaty zone isn't just a strategic political meeting place...
  • Fewer people are visiting Las Vegas. One insider thinks hotel resort and parking fees are to blame

    05/03/2018 8:43:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 166 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 5/2/2018 | Jay Jones
    Daily resort fees and parking charges are rising and spreading in Las Vegas, adding as much as $45 a day to visitors' hotel bills. The publisher of Las Vegas Advisor blames the extra charges for a recent decline in the number of visitors. "Everyone hates resort fees, but the parking [fee] is even worse," said Anthony Curtis of Las Vegas Advisor. "Everyone wants some kind of comp, [and] the most basic comp is free parking. That was the one comp that everyone got." The Advisor, a decades-old, monthly newsletter highlighting what's new in Vegas and featuring deals for visitors, provides...
  • Venice tourist crackdown SPREADS across Italy - Anger as Capri and Garda near ‘EXPLODING’

    05/01/2018 7:10:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | UPDATED: 00:06, Tue, May 1, 2018 | By Alahna Kindred
    THE TOURIST crackdown in Italy is spreading to Capri and Lake Garda after Venice introduced radical measures against holidaymakers. The Island of Capri wants to follow Venice in bringing in crowd control measures, which saw the installation of check points in some of the most congested parts. The mayor of the island just off Naples said with two million tourists a year the destination could “explode” from the weight of visitors. Hotels and B&Bs on the island had already reached 90 percent for the first long weekend of the high season leading the Capri Mayor Gianni De Martino to reconsider...
  • Violence in Cancun, other hotspots threatens Mexico's tourism industry

    03/31/2018 5:57:04 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 19 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 31 MARCH 2018 | DAVE AGREN
    Tourists taking the ferry from this tourist town to the island of Cozumel now walk down a wharf lined with police, heavily armed soldiers and bomb-sniffing dogs. Those safeguards came after a Feb. 21 explosion ripped through one of the ferries, injuring 24 people, including five Americans. Explosives were later found on another ferry owned by the same company.
  • US news website names Hanoi among 13 best places to visit in March

    03/14/2018 8:16:30 PM PDT · by cba123 · 100 replies
    Vietnam plus ^ | VNA Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 8:14:00
    As winter's cold grip loosens on Hanoi, the city has been named one of the ideal travel destinations for March by American-based Business Insider. (please see the link, for the full article)
  • Cancun has a major murder problem

    03/13/2018 5:50:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 12, 2018 | Kate Schneider
    While Cancun is known for its spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the tourist hotspot is in the grips of a brutal and growing crime wave that threatens to leave it a ghost town. Located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, things are so bad in Cancun that the murder rate has doubled in the past year — with 169 killings in the first half of 2017.
  • Young British men are arrested near Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temples for 'pornographic [tr]

    01/28/2018 5:15:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2018 | Richard Sears and Charlie Bayliss
    A prisoner who was arrested in Cambodia for what police describe as 'pornographic dancing' with young women tourists say they are innocent and insist they do not know why they have been arrested. Police in Siem Reap, the popular town close to the famous ancient temples of Angkor Wat in the north west of the country, said the tourists would be appearing in court at a time to be announced.
  • Great Barrier Reef tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors

    01/12/2018 4:27:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    While not disagreeing there was work to be done on the reef’s health, McKenzie accused Hughes of exaggerating the damage, which he said has been detrimental to the region’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry. “I think Terry Hughes is a dick,” he told Guardian Australia. “I believe he has done tens of millions of dollars of damage to our reef in our key markets, being America and Europe. You went to those areas in 2017 and they were convinced the reef was dead. And people won’t do long-haul trips when they think the reef is dead.” McKenzie said in 2016, tourism growth...
  • Spain surpassed US as tourism destination in 2017: Rajoy

    01/11/2018 9:06:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | January 11, 2018 | Staff
    Spain last year surpassed the United States to become the world's second most visited country after France, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said during a visit to Italy. Rajoy, speaking late Wednesday, said 82 million people visited in 2017, a nine percent increase over the previous year that came despite terror attacks and the political crisis in tourism magnet Catalonia.
  • Turkish FM: No danger to Israel-Turkey relations

    01/07/2018 3:36:49 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/18
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in an interview with Maariv published Sunday that there is no danger to relations between Turkey and Israel. Çavuşoğlu added that "when we signed the agreement and restored our relations, we expected a more positive attitude from Israel. We stated initially that we cannot accept aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. We are not anti-Semites, as opposed to what was said of us...
  • Korea Doesn't Need Chinese Tourists

    12/30/2017 9:42:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | December 22, 2017
    Korea Doesn't Need Chinese Tourists December 22, 2017 13:24 China's National Tourism Administration summoned travel agents from Shandong Province this week and informed them that it has again banned package tours to Korea effective January next year. The same seems to be happening in Beijing. China imposed the ban on cut-price group tours to Korea in March this year in retaliation against the U.S. deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here, but it partially eased the ban for Shandong Province and Beijing on Nov. 28 after the two countries agreed to normalize ties. Now, just six days after...
  • Trump Opens More U.S. Waters to Offshore Oil Drilling—So Grab the Fishing Poles!

    12/15/2017 9:47:24 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Humberto Fontova
    The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters, according to people familiar with the plan… President Donald Trump his Interior Department to write the new blueprint with the aim of auctioning oil and gas drilling rights off the U.S. East Coast -- territory that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, had had had had ruled out..” Don’t get me wrong! Cheaper energy and greater energy independence for our nation are nothing to sneeze at! But many of us familiar...
  • Unify control over Metro Orlando's expressways

    12/05/2017 7:14:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 1, 2017 | Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board
    Florida lawmakers demonstrated wisdom, foresight and fiscal responsibility in 2014 when they combined county expressway authorities in Central Florida into a single, regional agency. Roads don’t stop at county lines, and it’s inefficient and expensive to maintain multiple bureaucracies to control separate stretches of pavement. It’s also a problem when neighboring toll-road agencies have conflicting policies and plans for the future. Yet the rationale behind that 2014 law hasn’t been completely realized yet. It’s time for lawmakers to step in again. Dueling road agencies The Central Florida Expressway Authority now owns and operates 118 miles of toll roads in Metro...
  • Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock lost money in 2 years preceding shooting

    11/03/2017 3:07:15 PM PDT · by familyop · 87 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | November 2, 2017 | Blake Apgar
    Gunman Stephen Paddock lost a large amount of wealth in the two years before the Oct. 1 shooting on the Strip, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said in an interview with a local television station. Lombardo told KLAS-TV, Channel 8, that Paddock’s wealth fluctuated because of gambling, real estate transactions and “everything else that he chose to do.” Paddock lost a large amount of money after September 2015, the sheriff said. Lombardo speculated that the financial losses might have contributed to Paddock’s decision to spray a country music festival with bullets, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others....
  • Acapulco is now Mexico’s murder capital

    08/25/2017 3:59:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2017 | Joshua Partlow
    From the crescent bay and swaying palms, the taxi drivers of Acapulco need just 10 minutes to reach this other, plundered world. Here, in a neighborhood called Renacimiento, a pharmacy is smeared with gang graffiti. Market stalls are charred by fire. Taco stands and dentists’ offices, hair salons and auto-body workshops — all stand empty behind roll-down metal gates.
  • Advice For Boston Visit

    08/13/2017 8:44:34 AM PDT · by Bigg Red · 53 replies
    self ^ | August 13 2017 | Bigg Red
    The husband and I will be visiting the Boston area in about 10 days. As history buffs, we are very much interested in seeing all of the sites relating to colonial history and to the Revolution. Hoping to hear from anyone familiar with the city advice regarding areas to avoid, transportation, places to eat, must-see sites, etc.
  • How Baltimore Quietly Became the Coolest City on the East Coast

    07/28/2017 6:41:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Travel and Leisure ^ | July 26, 2017 | David Amsden
    There's much more to Charm City than what you've seen on The Wire. Even as racial tensions make headlines in this famously blue-collar town on the Chesapeake, slick waterfront projects and farm-to-table dining have arrived along with a new, younger generation of residents set on building the place they want to live in. One native Marylander travels to the city he first knew as a kid to meet the doers and dreamers driving Baltimore's next act.