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Harper Lee's Alabama Hometown Wants to Be a Tourist Attraction Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 10:00 PM

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee lived a quiet life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, eschewing the limelight and resisting efforts to turn her into a tourist attraction.  But Lee died last February at the age of 89, and so local officials and chamber-of-commerce types have launched a big plan to make Monroeville—inspiration for the fictional Macomb in Lee's Pulitzer Prize-wi...

Harper Lee's Alabama Hometown Wants to Be a Tourist Attraction Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 10:00 PM

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee lived a quiet life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, eschewing the limelight and resisting efforts to turn her into a tourist attraction.  But Lee died last February at the age of 89, and so local officials and chamber-of-commerce types have launched a big plan to make Monroeville—inspiration for the fictional Macomb in Lee's Pulitzer Prize-wi...

This Year's Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals Is the Worst on Record

By Shakeema Edwards

Posted on 12/01/2016, 6:30 PM

It might be time to move the Great Barrier Reef to the top of your bucket list.   The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has reported that about 67% of the corals in the northern section of the reef died in 2016 due to bleaching, a result of prolonged exposure to warm water temperatures.   Fortunately for the thousands of species living in the 1,430-mile reef, cor...

One Year After Paris Terror Attacks, French Tourism Still Struggling

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/17/2016, 5:00 AM

November 13 was the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people—and France's tourism industry is still struggling to recover.  After a promising start to the year, incoming flights to the country dropped a little over 1% in the second quarter, while flights to Paris were down about 4%. Though final figures for the third quarter aren't available yet, analysts estima...

Venice Protests Dwindling Population Amid Tourist Congestion

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/15/2016, 5:00 AM

Venice might be one of the world's most beautiful places, but you wouldn't want to live there, according to the Venetians who staged a demonstration in the Italian lagoon city on Saturday.  Waving maroon and yellow flags and carrying empty suitcases, dozens of residents participated in a symbolic procession out of the city—otherwise known as "Venexodus"—meant to draw attention to Venice's ...

Australian Tourism Campaign Adopts Unfortunate Slogan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2016, 5:00 AM

A new tourism ad campaign has been launched for Australia's Northern Territory (the NT), a desert region best known as the home of red sandstone monolith Ayers Rock (or Uluru).  The marketing push has caused a stir on social media because of the slogan, which looks like this: (photo: Facebook / CU in the NT) In case you can't see the image on your device, allow us to spell it ...

Tourism Numbers Up in Greece

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2016, 5:00 AM

Tourism in Greece appears to have benefited this year from a period of relative political stabiilty and a reluctance on the part of international travelers to visit nearby destinations like Turkey and Egypt due to security concerns.  Officials in Greece's tourism ministry announced this week that international arrivals were up 7% in the first nine months of the year compared with the same ...

Antigovernment Violence Threatens Ethiopia's Tourism Gains

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2016, 5:00 AM

Until this month, Ethiopian tourism had been on the upswing.    The European Council on Tourism and Trade named the country the world’s top travel destination in 2015, and it was on track to receive more than a million tourists this year for the first time ever.    Then, violent antigovernment protests erupted all across the country, causing the government to declare a six-mont...

UK Received Record Tourism Surge in Immediate Wake of Brexit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

In July, the United Kingdom received the most international tourists in a single month since people started keeping track. According to new figures released by the UK's tourism agency, a record 3.8 million visitors poured into Britain that month to take advantage of a slump in the pound following the voter-approved referendum to leave the European Union.  Thanks to Brexit, the UK's cur...

Tourist in Kenya Killed by Elephant He Was Trying to Photograph

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

An Italian tourist in the coastal region of Kenya was killed by an elephant this week after the man got too close while trying to take a photograph. The 66-year-old tourist and his wife were having breakfast in their tent at the Swara Camp in Kulalu Ranch when the man spotted the elephant at a watering hole. He went to get a better look and a memorable snapshot, but his proximity provoked ...

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