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At least 38 dead in Guatemala mudslides

NAHUALA, Guatemala – Torrential rains from a tropical depression caused landslides that have killed at least 38 people in Guatemala — some of them rescuers trying to save people already buried und

17 killed, 80 injured in Love Parade stampede in Duisburg, Germany

DUISBURG, Germany – A stampede inside a tunnel crowded with techno music fans left 17 people dead and 80 injured at the famed Love Parade festival in western Germany on Saturday.

Global Warming and Mt. Kilimanjaro

Every year, more than 10,000 tourists are drawn to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, driven in no small part by the fear that the mountain's magnificent ice will soon melt.

Komodo dragon attacks terrorize Indonesia villages

KOMODO ISLAND, Indonesia – Komodo dragons have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite.

Istanbul double bombing kills 15, injures 154

Istanbul, Turkey — Two bombs exploded in Istanbul overnight, leaving at least 15 people dead and 154 others wounded, officials announced.

Bombings in western Indian city kill 29

AHMADABAD, India - Bombs exploded Saturday near a busy market and a hospital in a western Indian city, killing 29 people and injuring 88 a day after deadly blasts struck the southern technology hub of

JTB chairman calls for increased efforts to fight crime

(TVLW) - JOHN Lynch, the new chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), yesterday told the Government and the police to immediately find a way to address the island's spiralling crime rate. Crime, the JTB chairman told business leaders, was the single largest threat to tourism and if it was not put under control all efforts to invest in the sector could be seriously threatened.

China to invest in toilet renovations at Tibet tourist attractions

(eTN) - China tourism authorities plan to allocate 10 million yuan (1.3 million U.S. dollars) to renovate toilets in popular attractions in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Government issues warning to travel agent for duping tourist

New Delhi (TVLW) - The Government has issued a warning to a travel agency for duping a British tourist and the Tourism Ministry has put in place a system to help foreign visitors. This after CNN-IBN reported on the plight of Simon Wynn who was duped by Exotic Adventure Travel agency. Wynn said, “If India wants to do well at tourism, it needs to put a proper system in place.''

Lapland Tourist Boom Sparks Crisis in Finnish Elf Labor Market

(eTN) - ``Christmas Star'' can't let grueling hours wipe away her smile as she escorts a group of about 45 tourists through the Lapland forest. ``Sometimes I work from 8 in the morning to 10 at night,'' says the 21-year-old ``elf,'' whose real name is Riikka Niukkala. She's an employee of Arctic Safaris Oy, a tour company in Rovaniemi, a town on the Arctic Circle.

Tourist to pay $31,000 for death of four motorcyclists

(eTN) - An Austrian tourist who killed four motorcyclists and injured two others in a moment's carelessness says she will grieve with the victims' families for the rest of her life.

Speedboat overturns but 22 (including tourists) safe

Sandakan (eTN) - Twenty-two people, including 10 foreign tourists, were plucked from sea after the speedboat they were riding overturned near Pamaguan Island, about a 20-minute boatride from here, Sunday. It was learnt the vessel was heading towards Sandakan from Selingan Island when the mishap occurred at about 7.50am.

Spike strip stops tourist

(eTN) - Officers used a spike-strip to stop a freeway driver who turned out to be, San Diego police said, a confused French tourist.

East Africans Urged to Visit Tourist Attractions

(eTN) - Few East Africans visit the Lake Manyara National Park compared with foreign tourists. That is the trend although East Africans pay a lower entry fee than other tourists, the national park head, Mr Mtango Mtahiko, said. Each East African pays a Sh1,500 fee while a tourist out of the region is charged $35 (Sh43,000).

Cave reopens to tourists

Surat Thani (eTN) - The scenic Nam Talu cave, closed since October after eight people drowned in a flash flood, has been reopened to welcome end of year holidaymakers. Khao Sok National Park head Chaitat Bunpupantanti said visitors can be assured of their safety inside the cave. Park staff have installed alarms and a rainwater meter that will warn visitors of danger from a flash flood.

Motsumi Crowned Miss Tourism Africa

(eTN) - She may not have snatched the Miss Tourism World, but Botswana's Mphoentle Motsumi managed to take one of the top prizes on offer at the Miss Tourism World pageant held on December 7 in Malaysia. Motsumi beat other African contestants to win the Miss Tourism Africa crown. There were 33 beauties competing for the global title.

Rude awakening for tourists

(eTN) - International visitors to South Africa's OR Tambo Airport were given a rude awakening after the words "F*** Y**" were displayed on all welcome sign boards, the Son reported on Friday. The tabloid ran pictures of the offending message on the electronic boards. OR Tambo spokesperson Nothemba Noruwane said they did not know who was responsible for the "greeting".

Cynthia Muvirimi is New Miss Tourism Zimbabwe

(eTN) - UNITED KINGDOM-based Cynthia Muvirimi was on Saturday night crowned Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2007 at the national finals held in the Rainbow Towers' main auditorium. Muvirimi made history by becoming the first model from the Diaspora to clinch the title since its inception in 2005.

Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Neighborhood Becoming Hotspot for NYC Visitors

NEW YORK (eTN) - With a thriving arts community, diverse ethnic enclaves and some of the City's most distinct shopping and dining experiences, Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood has in recent years become one of New York City's hippest areas.

Annual PATA event welcomes leaders of Travel, Tourism and Hotel operators.

(TVLW) - PATA shares the latest trends within Asia & Pacific which have an impact on UAE Tourism. The Annual Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) event was held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel today sponsored by the Jumeirah group.

More Time to Explore Lyon at ASTA’s 2008 International Destination Expo

Alexandria, Va., Dec. 17, 2007 (eTN) – ASTA has added three additional days of complimentary sightseeing tours at the 2008 International Destination Expo, April 12-16 in Lyon, France. Taking this extra time to explore Lyon, attendees will have the chance to experience first-hand European sightseeing at its best.

Bethlehem Tourism Picks Up for Christmas

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (eTN) — Palestinians lit a four-story Christmas tree in this biblical town Saturday, kicking off a holiday season free of fighting with Israel that officials say will bring the most pilgrims since hostilities broke out seven years ago.

Holiday-travel survival guide

(eTN) - Taking a flight at Christmas-New Year? It's the second-busiest travel period of the year after Thanksgiving. Here are some tips on everything from making flight connections to coping with lost luggage.

China may open tourism to America

LOS ANGELES (eTN) - At Universal Studios, they've printed stacks of theme park maps in Chinese. Disneyland for the first time sent sales people to a trade show in China to promote the park. And at the Shanghai Spring travel agency in Alhambra, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, owner Jan Huang has contracted four new tour buses and hopes to double her staff of tour guides to 20.

Airlines dive in survey of disabled passenger satisfaction

(eTN) - PEOPLE with disabilities have significantly more trouble accessing airline services than five years ago, despite the introduction of a national standard to protect them. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre surveyed 110 people with disabilities, their carers or advocates and found that only 14 had an overall positive experience when dealing with airlines.

Dr Pradhanang Expressed Deep Sorrow on Beating Tourists

(eTN) - Nepal has had the culture of paying a high respect to tourists coming to Nepal.

India tourism office to open in Beijing

BEIJING (TVLW) - An India Tourism Office will be opened here early next year to attract more visitors from China which accounted for a mere 50,000 out of 4.43 million tourists to India last year.

Trademark of Slovenia – a story of the senses

(eTN) - A strong trademark is the best marketing tool for modern countries faced with increasing competition. In that context, Slovenia will be more successful, as we have gained a new trademark – the trademark of Slovenia called I Feel Slovenia. The core of the trademark of Slovenia is made of "Slovenian green".

Man nearly dies downing vodka at airport

BERLIN (eTN) - A man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after quaffing two pints of vodka at an airport security check instead of handing it over to comply with new rules about carrying liquids aboard a plane, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday at the Nuremberg airport, where the 64-year-old man was switching planes on his way home to Dresden from a vacation in Egypt.

Ryan International Airlines Pilots Overwhelmingly Authorize Strike

(TVLW) - Ryan International Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), announced today that they have voted to authorize their elected union representatives to conduct a lawful withdrawal of service, upon release of the parties to self-help by the National Mediation Board, if contract talks do not result in a new collective bargaining agreement for pilot