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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 ...

Only 12% of Visitors in Colorado Use Marijuana, Says State Tourism Office

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

As our own Arthur Frommer pointed out recently, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado has increased the number of visits to the state—but not by as much as you might think, according to the Colorado Tourism Office. At a conference this week, state officials announced the results of a survey conducted by a market research company that found just 12% of visitors reported s...

Government Softens Miami Zika Warning

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2016, 4:00 AM

Crediting the effectiveness of aerial pesticide spraying, U.S. health officials are no longer advising pregnant women to stay out of Miami's Wynwood arts district due to an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus there. No new cases of Zika have been reported in Wynwood since early August, and Florida officials announced on Monday that the area is no longer an active infection zone. ...

"Game of Thrones" to Film in Northern Spain

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/08/2016, 4:00 AM

A beach near Barrika in Spain's Basque Country (photo: Jesús Ignacio Bravo Soler/Wikimedia Commons) On the one hand, we have a hard time understanding why people would base their travel plans on what they see on Game of Thrones, given that life in Westeros seems pretty horrific all around. On the other hand, some of the landscapes that appear in the HBO fantasy epic are so stunnin...

Where Travelers Concerned About Safety Are Going (It's Not France)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/08/2016, 4:00 AM

Following the terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, and Nice that have taken place since November, we've heard a lot about how safety concerns are having a negative impact on tourism in those places.  The downturn has been especially pronounced in France, one of the world's top travel destinations. One recent report found, for example, that a million fewer people visited Paris from ...

World's Longest, Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge Closes for Renovations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/06/2016, 4:00 AM

Zhangjiagie glass bridge in China (photo: skytg24hd/Instagram) That was quick. On Friday the world's longest and highest glass-bottom bridge, located in China's Zhangjiagie mountains, closed—just 13 days after it opened to the public on August 20.   Officials say that the record-breaking structure, which stretches 430 meters (1,411 feet) across a drop of 300 meters (984 feet),...

Controversial Legislation for Grand Canyon Aerial Tram

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/06/2016, 4:00 AM

Last week a Navajo Nation council member introduced controversial legislation for an aerial tram and other tourist attractions at the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon.  Dubbed the Grand Canyon Escalade project, the plan calls for a gondola that would shuttle tourists from the cliffs of the Navajo Nation just outside of the national park down into the canyon, to the spot where the Colorado R...

Indian Tourism Minister Says Female Visitors Shouldn't Wear Skirts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

At a press conference on Sunday, Indian tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said that in order to stay safe, female visitors to the country should avoid wearing skirts or going out alone at night.  He was being asked about security concerns in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is. Over the weekend, a 15-year-old girl was kidnapped from the streets of the city and raped—making her the 33rd minor to beco...

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