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Bulletproof Wall Soon to Surround Base of Eiffel Tower

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/14/2017, 5:00 AM

A wall is being put up around the base of the Eiffel Tower, Paris officials have announced. The "aesthetic perimeter," as it's being euphemistically called, will be made of bulletproof glass and will stand 2.5 meters (8 feet) high. It's expected to cost €20 million ($21 million) and be finished sometime this fall. The move is being made in response to security concerns. France has been...

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...

Psssst! Because of Exaggerated Fears, Paris Is Today More Accessible to the Foreign Tourist Than Ever Before

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/04/2016, 12:00 AM

The case for Paris—whether you've visited a hundred times or never before...

Steep Decline in Paris Tourism Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2016, 4:00 AM

From January to June of this year, a million fewer people visited Paris compared with the same period in 2015.  If you follow the news, you shouldn't have trouble figuring out the reasons for this sharp dropoff: recent attacks by Islamist militants in Paris as well as other locations in France including Nice and Normandy. Labor strikes and flooding in the French capital earlier this year h...

Of the Many Popular Tourist Destinations, Only a Tiny Handful Deserve to be Regarded as So Possibly Unsafe as to Warrant Your Avoiding Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2016, 6:15 PM

One of the oddities in financial matters is that a large number of successful Wall Street types make their money by betting on those stocks whose prospects are bad.  After all, the stock market can go down as well as up, and by successfully "shorting" the disappointing stocks, you can frequently do as well as those people who always look for the stocks that go up in value.   A similar ...

Floating Hotels Drift into France and Japan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2016, 12:15 PM

Looks like floating hotels could become the latest trend in travel. The hip Hôtel Off Paris Seine is already bobbing in that river near the Pont Charles de Gaulle. And now an amusement park in Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture has announced plans for a floating hotel that can be towed by boat. Located in an up-and-coming industrial neighborhood of Paris, the two-story Hôtel Off features a stylis...

In Ways Large and Small, International Travel Has Become Easier/Harder in Recent Weeks

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2016, 11:15 PM

      Here are several of the often-contradictory developments in recent travel news:   In Paris       A dramatic decline in tourism to Paris, currently down by more than 11%, means that the City of Light has become even more appealing than ever to the American traveler; hotels in Paris are reported as willing, on many dates, to bargain for a reduction in room rates. What'...

Interest in Travel Insurance Surges Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Experts in the travel insurance industry say that consumer interest in terrorism coverage and trip cancelation policies has surged following recent attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and elsewhere. Despite the increased interest, however, you shouldn't be seeing rate hikes or policy changes; those things are heavily regulated. But although terrorism coverage has become standard since 9/11, make ...

A Free Trip to Paris? Fantastique! Including a Stay in a Purpose-Built Apartment in the Actual Eiffel Tower? Mind-Blowing

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2016, 7:30 PM

They said it wouldn't last. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair and was only supposed to stand for 20 years after that event. Truth is, many in Paris wanted it torn down sooner, including a group of famed artists and authors (including Guy du Maupassant and Alexander Dumas fils) who demanded its leveling. Novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans went even further, calling it a "hole-r...

Pauline Frommer's Top (Travel) Resolutions for the Coming Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/17/2015, 4:45 PM

It’s that time of year and let’s be real, those three inches padding my waistline aren’t coming off anytime soon. Instead of doing the usual “lose 10 pounds” resolution, my top 7 promises to myself are going to revolve around travel. 1. To travel somewhere at the last minute. As a working parent, too much of my life is scheduled long in advance. This year, I hope to scoop up the kids...

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