Politics

Tourism: It's more than a few umbrellas on a beach

It would not be an exaggeration to say that tourism is the lifeblood of the Egyptian economy - especially in Sinai.

by Geoffrey Aronson

China

Chinese police on patrol in Italy to boost tourism

Officers in Rome help Chinese tourists with anything they need, including giving directions to city's many attractions.

Middle East

Turkey tourism hit by Russia row and security concerns

The golden segment of Turkey's economy is hit hard by the biggest drop in tourist arrivals in a decade.

Latin America

Cuba's struggle to cope with the tourism boom

U.S. officials expected to sign an agreement with Cuba, allowing up to 30 direct flights from the U.S. a day.

Thailand

Thai police crack down on elderly bridge players

Raid on card club in resort town of Pattaya leads to arrest of 32 senior-citizen foreigners.

Thailand

Elephant tramples tourist to death in Thailand

Father and daughter from the UK thrown off animal's back while holidaying on the island of Koh Samui.

Middle East

Airbnb lists homes in illegal Israeli settlements

Critics say online accommodation service is promoting stolen Palestinian property and land.

Egypt

Attackers target Egyptian resort hotel

Hotel in Red Sea city of Hurghada hit by attackers who stabbed three European tourists before being shot dead by police.

Murder

Protests in Myanmar as Thailand issues death sentences

Thai government defends guilty verdicts for Myanmar workers in grisly murders of British tourists on a pristine beach.

Asia

Japan embraces Muslim visitors to bolster tourism

Japanese entrepreneurs see lucrative opportunities in attracting Muslim tourists.

Earthquake

Fuel emergency hamstrings tourism in Nepal

As the Himalayan nation recovers from a devastating quake, tourism has been hit by another crisis: fuel shortages.