Tourism

Social media to thank for global overtourism crisis

Apps like Instagram shoehorning travellers to places and sites where locals bewail monumental damages from the influx.

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Greek housing: Non-European buyers revive depressed market

Non-Europeans are being encouraged to buy - with the chance to get a visa to stay if they spend enough.

Qatar

Cruise ship to connect Qatar with Oman and Kuwait

Ship can carry up to 870 passengers and 670 vehicles and is expected to launch its first voyage in January.

Cruise ship Grand Ferry to connect Qatar with Oman and Kuwait

Latin America

Mexico's presidential palace opens to public

As part of his austerity drive, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says Los Pinos will become a cultural centre, while he will live instead in his own house.

United States

Virgin Galactic completes space test

The successful test flight presages a new era of civilian space travel that could kick off as soon as next year.

Virgin Galactic completes space test

Middle East

How the tourism industry underpins illegal Israeli settlements

Companies such as Expedia and Trivago are leading tourists to settlements without telling them in marketing material.

How the tourism industry underpins illegal Israeli settlements

Armenia

Why have Gulf-based Filipinos fallen in love with Armenia?

Since 2014, the number of tourists rose from 674 to 22,000, and some even stayed behind to make home in Yerevan.

Why have Gulf-based Filipinos fallen in love with Armenia?

Asia Pacific

Philippines' Boracay tourist island reopens

Widespread pollution forced it to close to allow time for a clean-up.

Uganda

Uganda visit of Kanye, Kim Kardashian 'to boost tourism'

Visit by famous US couple seen as coup for country's tourism promoters recently criticised by President Museveni.

Uganda visit of Kanye, Kim Kardashian 'to boost tourism'

Ukraine

From nuclear disaster to Chernobyl's booming tourism

Some 50,000 people visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, one of the most radioactive places on Earth, in 2017.

From nuclear disaster to Chernobyl's booming tourism

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Nicaragua's national tourism in decline amid political unrest

Workers in Nicaragua's tourism industry are hoping to hang on until the next busy season, but if the country has not stabilised by then, migration may become their only option.

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Sun, sea and single-sex beaches: Turkey's halal tourism boom

Muslim-friendly resorts witness a surge in business as demand for getaways that comply with Islamic law rises.

Sun, sea and single-sex beaches: Turkey's halal tourism boom

Australia

Is Aboriginal ecotourism 'bringing Australia together'?

Cultural tourism can address issues such as suicide and unemployment, but corporations seek to mine resource-rich areas.

Can Aboriginal ecotourism save communities as companies eye land?

Kenya

'We are not wildlife': Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

Tourism in Nairobi slum is rising but many residents are angry at becoming an attraction for wealthy foreign visitors.

'We are not wildlife': Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

101 East

China: Secrets of a Long Life

China's Bama region is home to an astonishing number of people aged over 100. But are they really as old as they claim?