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Tourism logo from New Zealand called “pornographic”

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Ever put in hard hours on a creative project and finished it to the satisfaction of everyone involved, only to have the whole thing derailed by bizarre complaints that make l

Whale sharks draw hundreds of tourists to sleepy Philippine village

TAN-AWAN, Cebu, Philippines - Two years ago, it was a sleepy village that never saw tourists unless they were lost or in transit.

Chinese tourists to Japan called “traitors” at home

Tourism between China and Japan remains stagnant because of the political standoff over the Diaoyu Islands dispute, though about 2,200 tourists visited the island nation on a cruise ship and returned

Virgin Australia passenger: As soon as I boarded I was a...

An Australian airline's policy prohibiting male passengers from sitting next to kids traveling alone has fueled a social media firestorm and caused the company to review the rule.

“Ghetto alert” app helps tourists avoid trouble spots

Travelers wandering around foreign cities could soon be given an instant warning if they stray towards dangerous areas with a new GPS feature developed by Microsoft.

TripAdvisor: Red flag them first, sort them out later

A raging controversy has broken out between a previously Number One ranked hotel and TripAdvisor, after the latter had red flagged the property for allegedly ‘writing their own reviews’.

Romanian tourism minister under fire over pricey dress

It's only a dress, but it's the talk of Romania.

War breaks out in UK cruise industry

A war has broken out in the UK's £2bn cruise industry setting leading ports on a collision course with the government over a controversial bid by Liverpool for a bigger share.

Kenya wades into Serengeti highway controversy

(eTN) - The Kenyan government, with the referendum and promulgation of the country’s new constitution now behind them, is seemingly now once again focusing on matters arising as information filtered

Serengeti highway plans raise more controversy

(eTN) A government minister waded into the Serengeti highway debate last week, when the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism – supposed to protect ecosystems – claimed the new road routing w

Controversy brews over Uganda concession agreements

Information was leaked to the media last week indicating a possible change of government’s policy to stick to and uphold contracts entered into with private sector investors, when news surfaced that

Moratorium for new establishments in the Mara

Calls for a moratorium of building of new lodges and permanent tented camps inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve have been ongoing for a long time now, considering that the general view of conservationi

More controversy over hunting in Uganda

Recent reports sent to this correspondent speak of yet more hunting permits to be given by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, this time in the northeastern Karamoja region, where such reserves as Pian Upe

Royal Caribbean return to Labadee causes controversy

The controversy surrounding Royal Caribbean International's decision to dock its ships in a Haitian port is not new for the travel industry.

Air NZ ‘sexy cougar’ ad shut down after critics blast it

AUCKLAND - An advertisement for an airline competition that portrays older, single women as "cougars" who prey on young men at night is to close on Monday after incurring the wrath of both male and fe

Tanzania tour operator offers belated response to elephant controversy

Late last year this correspondent featured an item of a camp manager in Tanzania’s Serengeti national park gone who had gone AWOL when an elephant carcass was found near the camp with its tusks miss

Hotel partnership a thorn in Ugandan government’s side

In what now appears to have been hasty arrangements to enter into a partnership between government and a privately owned hotel company ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in late 2007, problems have of l

Malaysia’s “moderate” image marred

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – After a series of flip-flops, authorities in Malaysia decided this week that a 32-year old Muslim woman caught drinking beer in violation of Islamic law would not be caned a

Part-timers defended by stunned travel industry after controversial speech

Senior travel agency HR directors have defended their use of reduced-hours staff after a senior figure publicly told them: "don't employ part-timers".

The great Heathrow con

The British public have been led to believe the third runway is essential.That's untrue.

New advert rap for budget airline Ryanair

LONDON — Britain's advertising watchdog rapped Irish low-cost airline Ryanair Wednesday for a flights promotion that showed a young woman dressed like a schoolgirl.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which monitors publicity material but has no powers to fine transgressors, said the image was "irresponsible" as it appeared to link teenage girls with sexually provocative behaviour.