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Europe and Africa are the regions seeing the fastest increases in international tourist arrivals, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s 2018 Tourism Highlights.

The report, which looked at international tourism arrivals across the world in 2017, found that the two regions saw respective growth of 8 and 9 percent since 2016. Around the world, the total number of international tourist arrivals grew 7 percent from 2016 to 2017, reaching a total of 1,323 million. It was the highest percentage increase in international tourist arrivals since 2010.
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When the quartet of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE launched an economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar last summer, they hoped to swiftly force Doha to change its behavior in a whole host of areas, from closing down the Al Jazeera television network to cutting ties with Iran and Turkey. It hasn’t quite worked out as they hoped. Instead of bending to the will of its four neighbours Qatar has fought back, building new trade links with other countries and fighting a canny diplomatic battle against its adversaries. The small, energy-rich country now ranks as the eighth most open in the world to visitors, according to the UN.


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The goal of a nonstop flight from Sydney to London -- half the way around the planet -- took a leap forward as the world’s top planemakers convinced Qantas Airways Ltd. they can make the 20-hour route a reality.

A year after Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce publicly challenged Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to design a plane capable of making a viable direct flight from Sydney to London or New York, he says the manufacturers have succeeded.


Alan JoycePhotographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
“We’re now comfortable that we think we have vehicles that could do it,” Joyce said in an interview in Qantas’s central Sydney offices.

Project Sunrise, as Qantas calls it, involves configuring an aircraft so that it can fly about 300 passengers and their luggage farther than any regular service to date, with fuel in hand for unexpected headwinds and emergencies. If the first routes prove viable in 2022, direct connections from major cities in the Americas, Europe and Africa to Australi
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a could follow.
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As foreign funds continue to dump Indonesian stocks and bonds, President Joko Widodo is chasing dollars from tourism and exports to help contain a As foreign funds continue to dump Indonesian stocks and bonds, President Joko Widodo is chasing dollars from tourism and exports to help contain a widening current-account deficit.
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It’s a common sight outside Harrods each July and August: a line of Lamborghinis, flurry of Ferraris or some other assortment of supercars all jostling for space on the clogged streets of Knightsbridge. While they’ll never manage to perform at peak capacity in the centre of such a congested city, these extravagant automobiles are now such a summer staple in London that they could perhaps be listed as seasonal tourist attractions alongside the Proms and Wimbledon.

Registration plates make it clear that many of these cars are from the Middle East so their owners will presumably be happy to learn that Abu Dhabi’s national carrier Etihad has now launched a new service to make the conveyance of supercars somewhat easier. Developed by Etihad Cargo, the airline’s cargo and logistics division, FlightValet is a new product designed specifically to facilitate the transit of exceptionally valuable motor vehicles.

While Etihad already transports hundreds of high-value vehicles on its aircraf
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t annually, FlightValet streamlines the procedure so owners can have their cars delivered immediately and with greater ease. Staff are specially trained for the service and customers will have a single sales point of contact in the United Arab Emirates.
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Here are the 10 best-guided tours of Iceland for any kind of traveler, from family tours and horseback riding to thrilling ice cave tours and geysir trips.
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YOU MAY BE THE ECO-FRIENDLIEST person at home, but are you equally as eco-friendly when you travel? Travel has been a big contributor to sustainability that needs to be addressed, and there are many commonly overlooked things that you as a traveler can do to ensure that your trips are eco-friendly. Granted, there
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Affectionately dubbed ‘Old Sober’, the little-known New Orleans dish called yakamein is said to right even the worst symptoms of fun.
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We're huge fans of international travel. London, Paris, Hong Kong, Rome, Rio, Tokyo, Tel Aviv… These are just some of the faraway destinations bursting with exciting adventures, rich histories, and striking landscapes. And while they'll forever have a place on our travel bucket lists (and in our hearts, once we make it there), today we're staying a little closer to home by highlighting the most beautiful cities in the U.S.
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Few people know you can scuba dive beneath Hungary’s capital – not even the majority of locals who live above the abandoned Kőbánya limestone mine.
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If you're planning a road trip this summer, prepare to spend more than you have before.
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Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

We took a close look at the European cities travelers loved most, and found that many of them have knockout beaches.

Read more: http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/europe-beach-cities
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‘Aloha’ is a legal concept that grew out of the necessity for Hawaiians to live in peace and work together, in harmony with the land and their spiritual beliefs.
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One of India's most famous landmarks, the Taj Mahal, is planning to place a three-hour cap on visits to avoid overcrowding at the popular tourist location.
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If you're flying across the planet in the next 12 months, you might want to think about routing that trip through one of Asia's top airports.
Once again the region's aviation hubs are leading the world when it comes to passenger satisfaction, scooping top prizes in the prestigious annual Skytrax World Airport Awards.
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Do you want to travel to affordable places? If yes, these are the 10 cheapest countries to visit!
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Asia is a melting pot of cultures, culinary creations, craft, languages and is filled with hidden gems. So we've put together an in exhausti...
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Africa’s top 10 best safari camps and lodges in Africa are situated all across this magnificent continent, on Tanzania’s Serengeti, Kenya’s Masai Mara, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Kruger National Park in South Africa. Here you can spot the most breathtaking animals in their wilderness habitat.
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There is much more to see and do in this Thai resort than just the bars and the beach.
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Here’s where’s hot right now … and we don’t mean trendy. We pick 10 mid- and long-haul escapes where the sun’s shining and the temperature is at least 23C.
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Hawaiian Airlines' new A321neo planes are delayed — and the disruption is forcing the airline to cancel or defer a number of new flights.
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You might imagine that the victorious U.S Curling Team is in a good mood.

So its governing body took to Twitter to make a small request of Delta Air Lines.
Perhaps they were joking. Perhaps they were hoping.

I'm a little of both when I occasionally try to incite the sympathy of an airline check-in agent.

Oh, but look how Delta replied.
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The landscape is peppered with medieval fortified castles, extravagant Neo-Renaissance palazzos, Baroque palaces and Historicist manors.
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One airline CEO, though, believes this has to change.

As Bloomberg reports, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce foresees a different way.

Imagine, he says, a short-haul version of, say, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It could carry perhaps 275 passengers.

More importantly -- for me, at least -- it could have two aisles.

Personally, I used to go out of my way to fly American Airlines from SFO to JFK specifically because it flew twin-aisled Boeing 767s.
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For hundreds of years, the residents of Tangier Island have maintained a unique relic of their colonial past.
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Fancy staying in a converted convent or an old post office that’s been given a new stamp of style? We pick new places across Europe, from affordable dorms to sea view suites
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Ollolai, a destination in the mountain region of Barbagia on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, is selling hundreds of abandoned homes for just €1 ($1.2).
It's not the first Italian town to try the gimmick, but it seems to be the first to live up to the promise. It's also got the beauty and history needed to draw people in.
The real estate bonanza comes with a catch, though. The 200 stone-built dwellings up for grabs are in poor condition and buyers must commit to a refurbishment within three years -- which will likely cost about $25,000.
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Bombardier Inc. can start shipping C Series jets to Delta Air Lines Inc. as scheduled after a surprise ruling by a U.S. trade tribunal that said the proposed imports won’t hurt American industry.

U.S. companies and workers aren’t being harmed by sales of 100- to-150-seat aircraft from Canada, the International Trade Commission said Friday. The panel’s ruling blocks a Commerce Department decision last month to impose duties of almost 300 percent.

Friday’s vote deals a blow to Chicago-based Boeing Co., which said Bombardier sold the C Series in the U.S. at less than fair value while benefiting from government subsidies. The decision also opens the door for Bombardier to add new U.S. customers while potentially easing trade tensions with Canada and the U.K., where the company builds wings for the aircraft.
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Before launching a new restaurant, a team of food geniuses labors in a hidden laboratory on a Walt Disney World back lot — we managed to sneak inside.
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Splurging a million dollars on a ski trip may seem implausible, but it can be done with ease -- if you've got the cash to splash of course.
Because while the Alps and extravagance have always gone hand in hand, a batch of chalets and restaurants catering to the billionaire set have taken previously understated Alpine decadence to a whole new level of bling.

Where there were once wooden fondue rooms and raucous nightclubs, there are now crystal-encrusted showers, Krug and truffle picnics in the snow, burnished gold swimming pools and multi-Michelin star meals -- next to which the actual skiing often pales by comparison.
So if you want to winter vacation oligarch-style, here's where to go and what to do.
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For every primo travel destination, there’s a sweet spot to find it. Visit too soon -- say, before the airlines start offering half-decent service there -- and you’ll be forking over a stack of cash to ramble around a place without cell phone towers. Visit too late? Then you’re one of the waddling herd, overpaying for a beer, checking off a box because, well, everyone else has been, so why not you?

Better plan: Discover the places that don’t cost two months’ rent to fly to, yet haven’t gotten so overexposed that swarms of American tourists have descended and Instagrammed the lifeblood out of it.
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Slowly, over a dozen visits to Dalmatia, Croatia, writer Kristin Vuković grew to appreciate the sublime state of 'fjaka', in which a human aspires for nothing.
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Last week, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker spoke to employees via the airline's Crew News and admitted that he'd never actually flown on one of its new 737 MAX planes.

These are the ones overstuffed with seats and enjoying toilets smaller than the ones you'll see in a dollhouse.

These are also the ones that don't have any seatback screens.

On the same Crew News chat, Parker was, as View From The Wing recounted, asked by a Flight Attendant why the airline was taking the screens away.

He admitted this saved the airline money. Not only is there less hardware and maintenance cost, but it also makes the airplane lighter.

Instead, the airline expects you to bring your own device, charge it -- if your seat has a working power outlet, that is -- and stream either your own movies or those the airline will offer.
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While France is set to remain the world’s most popular tourist destination, Spain is expected to replace the U.S. as travelers’ second choice.

Each year, the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization puts out an analysis of international tourism growth in destinations around the world, and preliminary figures for 2016 already reveal global tourism has increased as much as 7% worldwide, with France and Spain taking the lead.
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Singapore Airlines is introducing the new A380 to two new destinations: Hong Kong and London starting February 2018, joining Sydney.
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Germany is officially the country with the most powerful passport in the world, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index.

It's the fifth year in a row that the European country has topped Henley's list, which takes into account the number of countries a passport holder can visit without a visa.

German citizens can now visit 177 countries visa-free.
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From Canada to Botswana, these six nations consistently rank highest for their progressive social policies, trust in government and effective justice system.
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Ishigaki, a stunning white island in Japan's Okinawa archipelago, is the top trending travel destination for 2018 on TripAdvisor - but you'd be forgiven for never having heard of it.

The Japanese island has topped TripAdvisor's "Destinations on the Rise" list, which, as part of its sixth annual Travellers' Choice awards, used an algorithm that measured the year-on-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller feadback around accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, as well as increased booking interest.
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We're a week into 2018, and with a new year comes new travel plans.

But before you book those plane tickets to that exciting new destination, there's one thing you need to do right now: Double check the expiration date on your passport.
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There’s a lot that goes into making sure that every person who sets foot inside a Disney Park has a magical time, and a good amount of that responsibility rests on the shoulders of the company’s endless pool of talented employees (AKA cast members).

According to a former cast member, who wrote anonymously about her experience for PopSugar, there’s an endless number of rules that cast members must follow.

Check out what Disney Cast Members can and cannot say and do.
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Baia was the Las Vegas of the Roman Empire – the place where the rich and powerful came to carry out their illicit affairs.
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Want to know how to get an AA Cheap First Class ticket? Sometimes you just have to check. The price difference between economy and first class is often very minimal. Details here.
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Kumamoto has seen its fair share of drama over the centuries – but perhaps most famously, it was the site of the final battle between 20,000 samurai and the ruling Meiji government.
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This Tajik dish of rice, vegetables and usually meat, is said to bring families together, secure friendships and solve arguments – and may even have helped end civil war.
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Many travellers believe Spain’s late mealtimes are a reflection of the country’s laidback attitude, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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Understanding this word takes not a fluency in the language but rather a fluency in Mexican culture.
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Tunisian authorities suspended all Emirates airline flights on Monday following the airline's decision to ban female Tunisian passengers flying to and through Dubai last week.
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‘Uri’ isn’t a mere grammar point, it’s a cultural canon that captures the very essence of a nation.
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As millions of pilgrims descend on the Iraqi city of Karbala for an annual event called Arbaeen, locals open their homes, kitchens and hearts to visitors.
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Rotterdam is like Disneyland for architecture geeks. When you visit, you’ll likely go home and wonder why our cities can’t be a little more like this.
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ORLANDO, FLA. - 'Tis the season to traditionally spend with family and friends and this year Americans are traveling in record numbers. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of
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In the unfortunate yet current state of affairs, 2017 seems to be a year that presents a new and separate tragedy every month, be it an act of widespread violence, a natural disaster or political upheaval and hateful altercations between non-agreeing parties.
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Long isolated from the rest of Greece, the Mani peninsula is home to a clannish community that claims warrior heritage.
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The Hill of Crosses is steeped in legends of ghosts, miracles and heroic acts of defiance.
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These round-the-world trips are an unforgettable chance to unplug and watch the miles go by as you see the world by air, sea or land -- with stops at some of the most spectacular places on Earth.
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Mohammed Al Malaheem, 64, says guests sleeping in his converted jalopy in the Jordanian desert village of Al Jaya will enjoy a five-star experience.