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  • 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 · 8 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 ^ | 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.
  • Norway considers tourist tax to deal with its growing popularity

    07/27/2017 10:35:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 27 July 2017 17:29 CEST+02:00 | NTB/The Local
    Norway is currently enjoying a newfound level of popularity amongst tourists. Spurred in part by “the Frozen effect” that has seen tourism rise sharply since Disney’s 2013 film Frozen, which was developed with the support of Norway’s tourism agency, some officials began warning that the country was experiencing “too much of a good thing”. Now a number of politicians are suggesting the implementation of a tourist tax to help local communities deal with the influx of visitors. Local Nordland party leaders of the Socialist Left Party, the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and the Red Party have backed a new tourist...
  • The World's Top 10 Islands ( for culture, adventure, or simply kicking back on a beach )

    07/24/2017 8:05:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Travel and Leisure ^ | 07/11/2017 | by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
    Whether you crave culture, adventure, or simply kicking back on a beach with a cold cocktail, at least one of these islands is sure to be an ideal destination.  And should you be willing to spend time in the air in order to land near the sea, all the better: this year, three of the top 10 islands in the world — as decided by Travel + Leisure readers — are in Asia. No matter that reaching them requires a generous commitment, fiscally and temporally. For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise Palawan wins first place...
  • Shootout in Cancun: Narcos Take Their War Into Hot Beach Resort [Bloomberg Link Only]

    07/21/2017 6:09:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | July 21, 2017 | Nacha Cattan and Eric Martin
  • No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump

    07/17/2017 10:42:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | July 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a “Trump slump” in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a “Trump bump,” says Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit representing the travel industry....
  • Jihadi first befriended, CHATTED with 2 German tourists before PULLING OUT MACHETE [tr]

    07/16/2017 8:52:53 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 10 replies
    Geller Report ^ | July 16, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    Full Title: Jihadi first befriended, CHATTED with 2 German tourists before PULLING OUT MACHETE and slaughtering them Abdel-Rahman Shaaban was moderate … and then he wasn’t. One moment, he is the West’s dreamy idea of Muslim immigration, the next, reality. “Stay back, I am not after Egyptians,” Shaaban shouted in Arabic at his pursuers, according to the officials. No, he was after non-Muslim Westerners. Speaking perfect Germans to his German infidel victims, he explained (in Arabic) to his pursuers not to worry, he was after the kufar. EGYPTIAN FIRST SAT, SPOKE WITH 2 GERMAN VICTIMS BEFORE ATTACKING THEM THE EGYPTIAN...
  • South Carolina Rushes to Tamp Down Violence in Myrtle Beach

    07/01/2017 8:05:33 AM PDT · by upchuck · 44 replies
    Fox Business ^ | July 1, 2017 | Cameron McWhirter
    Just as summer is ramping up, Myrtle Beach, a top South Carolina summer destination, is dealing with a flurry of violence that has city and state officials scrambling to calm worried visitors and residents. In the city's most prominent incident, at least seven people were injured in a June 18 shooting that was live-streamed on Facebook. That shooting -- and two others that weekend -- followed six over the Easter holidays in April. The violence prompted South Carolina's Republican Gov. Henry McMaster to visit the city not long after and order steps to beef up security, such as bringing in...
  • More flight cancelations to Cuba(WTH?)

    06/30/2017 9:37:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 6/30/2017 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    A couple of years ago, many of my local friends were curious about traveling to Cuba. They seemed fascinated by the idea of traveling to an island isolated from reality for 50-plus years. I would often hear this expression: "I want to see it for myself." Some of my friends went, and others never got to go. The ones who went all seem to be singing the same tune: "Beautiful beach, okay hotel, but the internet does not work and the people are not happy." We learned today via the Miami Herald that Southwest Airlines is canceling flights to Cuba:...