6 Books That Will Transport You All Around the World

While you're grounded and social distancing, you can still travel the world through the pages of these novels whose setting is often the main character. Whether going back in time to Cartegna, Colombia in "Love in the Time of Cholera" or getting lost on a remote volcanic Russian peninsula in "Disapp


Egypt shift sphinxes to Tahrir Square despite criticism from archaeologists

Egyptian authorities said on Saturday they have relocated four ancient sphinxes to Tahrir Square, the congested traffic circle in the heart of Cairo. Archaeologists and others have criticized the move, expressing fear that the city’s notoriously high air pollution could damage the artifacts.


Dubai extends shutdown of hotels, restaurants until further notice

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said it is extending all existing precautionary measures, including the shutdown of hotels, restaurants, and suspension of events, until further notice.According to a statement from the department in charge of tourism in Dubai, the ex


SEE THE WORLD WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH THESE VIRTUAL TOURS

As the world continues to watch the effects of COVID-19 unfold, many people are being encouraged to practice social distancing or isolating themselves completely. Additionally, many travel plans have been canceled for the foreseeable future, leaving the feelings of wanderlust more intense than usual


International tourism to plunge up to 30 percent due to coronavirus: UN

The number of international tourist arrivals will fall by 20-30 percent in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, putting millions of jobs at risk, the World Tourism Organization said Friday. This revises sharply lower a forecast made earlier this month of a decline of just 1.0-3.0 percent. The drop i


CUSTOMER LEAVES £2,000 RESTAURANT TIP TO HELP OUT STAFF DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCK-DOWN

A customer surprised staff at their local restaurant by leaving a $2,500 (£2,100) tip with their meal to help them during the coronavirus lock-down. Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus, Ohio, shared a picture of the generous offering on social media. “When the going gets tough, the tough


10 of the best sleeper trains in Europe

Night train services are having a renaissance, thanks to renewed investment from operators, amid the need to fly less Stockholm to Narvik The country that’s home to Greta Thunberg and that coined the term flygskam (flight shame) has plans to introduce new sleeper routes this year. New connec


Dubai's Heart of Europe: Luxury resort with the ultimate 'wow' factor

Four kilometres from mainland Dubai - and just a short 20 minute boat ride away - visitors to Dubai come across something pretty special. The World Dubai is a collection of man-made islands that form a map of the planet which is visible from space.And sustainability is key to the project especially


WHY 2020 IS THE YEAR TO VISIT SAN FRANCISCO

It’s only on the last morning that the fog finally lifts and the Golden Gate Bridge shows its rust-red suspension cables. I’d almost caught it the day before, weaving madly through traffic in an Uber towards the viewing point, watching the pillows of cloud roll in across the bay. No luck


Hike, ride, kayak – 3 ways to see the Arizona desert

What’s one thing Arizona has that many places do not have this time of year? Sun. And warm weather and cacti and mountains. In short, a desert climate. The Sonoran Desert covers much of the southwestern part of the United States and into Mexico. It’s known for a variety of vegetation in


Moving Faith: Mexican Town's Saint Feast Lives in Minnesota

In Midwestern boots or bare feet in sandals, the faithful walked in procession down a snow-covered street here, keeping the rhythm of festive music and carrying paintings of St. Paul, the patron saint of their hometown of Axochiapan, Mexico. For the thousands of migrants from the south Mexico town


Hong Kong airline Cathay asking 27,000 staff to take unpaid leave: CEO

Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its 27,000 employees to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, CEO Augustus Tang said Wednesday, as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak. “I am hoping all of you will participate, from our frontline


Britain’s Big Ben tower more badly damaged by Nazi bombs than originally thought

Britain’s Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament was more badly damaged by German bombs during World War Two than originally thought, experts said on Thursday, as the bill for its restoration rose by nearly 20 million pounds ($25 million). The 177-year-old tower has been swathed in scaffol


Record year for Morocco with 13 million tourists

A record 13 million tourists visited Morocco in 2019, up 5.2 percent from the previous year, official figures showed Wednesday. The number includes Moroccans from the diaspora, who account for around half of visitors annually. Tourism revenues hit 78.6 billion dirhams ($8.16 billion) in 2019, up f


Record year for Morocco with 13 million tourists

A record 13 million tourists visited Morocco in 2019, up 5.2 percent from the previous year, official figures showed Wednesday. The number includes Moroccans from the diaspora, who account for around half of visitors annually. Tourism revenues hit 78.6 billion dirhams ($8.16 billion) in 2019, up f


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla lands interactive art exhibition

JEDDAH- The Royal Commission for AlUla has collaborated with Desert X to bring an interactive installation to the area for the first time. Desert X began in 2017, in California’s Coachella Valley, as a way to connect modern art with desert communities and cultures.It is Desert X’s first


ERL LAUNCHES VISIT MALAYSIA 2020 HAPPENINGS @ KL SENTRAL

Express Rail Link (ERL) kicks off its Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign support with a colourful and entertaining cultural performance for tourists and locals alike at KL Sentral Station today. Dancers from the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) perform popular traditional dances such as Za


Dubai announces record tourism arrivals in 2019

Dubai welcomed a record 16.73 million tourists in 2019, an improvement over the previous two years driven by soaring Chinese, Russian and Omani visitor numbers. The number of international visitors grew by 5.1 percent last year but is still short of its 2020 target of 20 million tourists. “W





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