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John Oliver on Why You Should Never Go on Vacation to Antarctica

Seriously, don’t do it.

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Paris ‘Love Lock’ Bridge Tumbles Under the Weight of Too Much Affection

Pont des Arts, the iconic Parisian bridge where lovers place a padlock with their names and throw the key into the Seine river to symbolize their commitment to each other, lost part of a railing over the weekend and had to be evacuated.

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Madrid Eurovegas Plan Nixed

Due to some disagreements between the Spanish government and Las Vegas Sands—you know, basic things such as the U.S. casino operator’s demands for lower gambling taxes and exemption from indoor smoking bans—the project to make a European version of Las Vegas has fallen through.

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Venetians Protest Cruise Ships Inundating Their Waters

Residents of the Italian city are voicing their discontent at the inordinate number of tourists being ferried in by behemoth boats. About 50 protesters jumped into the Giudecca Canal on Saturday to stop 12 enormous cruise ships from heading to St. Mark’s Square, delaying the monstrosities by only an hour.

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MoveOn Calls for Florida Tourism Boycott Because Gun Law Makes State Unsafe to Visit

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, MoveOn.org is going after Florida’s all-important tourism industry.

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How Egypt’s Michele Bachmann Became President and Plunged the Country Into Chaos

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has reinforced the widespread fear of the Muslim Brotherhood at every turn.

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Come to Egypt, but Leave Your Vices Behind

Given this year’s political turmoil in Egypt, it’s not surprising that, as interim leader Kamal el-Ganzouri tearfully lamented at a news conference Sunday, tourism in the North African nation has taken a big hit.

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West Banksy in New York

A contemporary art gallery in New York opened an unauthorized show of works by England-based renegade graffiti artist Banksy on Aug. 25 that has incensed art critics, Banksy fans and residents of the West Bank in the Middle East. (more)

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BP Points to Thriving Tourism to Reduce Settlement Payments

Just over one year out from the BP oil spill that wreaked havoc up and down the Gulf Coast, the tourism industry there is so far having one of its best summers in years. BP is latching on to the good news, using it to argue in a court filing recently ... (more)

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Anonymous Declares War on Orlando

The city of Orlando, Fla., home to amusement parks, fancy houses and an underachieving basketball team, has been arresting people for feeding the homeless without a permit. This got the attention of the hacker collective Anonymous, which has threatened to shut down a different Orlando-themed website every day. (more)

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Cuban Reform Hints at the Freedom to Vacation

Most of us take access to overpriced hotels, lousy food and syrupy mixed drinks for granted, but ordinary Cubans suffering island fever may get their first shot at a vacation since 1959. A proposed reform might eventually allow Cubans (presumably those surviving on more than government subsidies) to “travel abroad as tourists.”

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No Tourists Allowed

A small town in the depths of the Amazon has declared itself off-limits to tourists. Why? Locals complain of tourists behaving badly and the fact that little of their spending actually benefits the indigenous people.

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The Land of a Thousand Penises

Bhutan, that tiny, idyllic country nestled between China and India, has a thing for male genitals. However, an influx of tourists and their prudish ways threatens the ancient art of penis worship, the Global Post reports. ... (more)

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The Hot New Tourist Destination: Chernobyl

The Ukrainian government is planning to invite tourists inside the 30-mile exclusion zone to get up close and personal with nuclear disaster. The ministry of emergency situations says visitors should be safe—provided they don’t wander. ... (more)

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U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 3rd Class Ann Marie Gorden

Oil Spill Has a Price Tag and It’s High

The cost to the Gulf states’ tourism industry alone could be $22.7 billion, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association. The outlook for the region’s fishing and drilling industries is also pretty bleak.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


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EPA / Stephen Morrison

Kenyan Poverty Tourism

Poverty has apparently become a kind of spectacle: Places such as Brazil’s favela slums and India’s shantytowns have become part of a “poverty tour” industry. Now Kenya has jumped on the bandwagon, with several organizations selling guided trips through the wretched Kibera slum in Nairobi.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 READ MORE


I Am Robama, and I Come in Peace

Number 44 has been spotted in Orlando, in the form of an animatronic addition to Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents. And it speaks with the president’s actual voice. It’s as creepy as it is amazing, and easily worth a quick look.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Slumdog Millionaire’: The Tour

As “Slumdog Millionaire” continues to rack up critical accolades (not to mention awards-season promotional blitzes), the film has also drawn crowds to its setting in the slums of Mumbai, India. But does this kind of attention represent a welcome boon for tourism or a form of exploitation—“poverty porn”—for a city still recovering from last November’s terrorist attacks?

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE



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Political Crisis Puts Thailand on Hold

The Thai army is debating whether or not to intervene in a political standoff it helped launch some two years ago when it ousted then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Opponents of both Thaksin and the current PM have seized and shut down Bangkok’s two airports, a devastating blow to a country dependent on tourism.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Q Notes

South Carolina Back in the Closet

A tourist-targeted advertisement announcing that “South Carolina Is So Gay” caused one state employee to lose his job after Gov. Mark Sanford caught wind of the ad, which was featured in London during Gay Pride week.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


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India Snubs the Dollar

The dollar has simply fallen too low for India, which will no longer accept the greenback at its many tourist sites, including the Taj Mahal. Tourism ministry officials said they had to move quickly in order to protect Indian revenues from the dollar’s free fall. Remember when the dollar was like gold in the developing world?

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Not Exactly the Happiest Place on Earth

The Minnesota airport men’s room where Sen. Larry Craig tapped toes with an undercover policeman has become a tourist attraction, complete with gawking visitors—including women—posing for photos in front of the infamous stall.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Top Secret Tourism

The Joy of Snooping

Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer speak with Harry Helms, author of “Top Secret Tourism: Your Travel Guide to Germ Warfare Laboratories, Clandestine Aircraft Bases and Other Places in the United States You’re Not Supposed to Know About.”

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Top Secret Tourism

Top-Secret Tourism

Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer speak with Harry Helms, author of “Top Secret Tourism: Your Travel Guide to Germ Warfare Laboratories, Clandestine Aircraft Bases and Other Places in the United States You’re Not Supposed to Know About,” which his critics have called a handbook for terrorists. Helms explains why his work doesn’t threaten national security and what it’s like to visit some of the most secret sites in America.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


How Cubans Make It Work

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 removed much of the padding from Cuba’s economy, Cubans have found some creative ways to alleviate the financial hardships of life under the communist system.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


Pat Robertson To Build Biblical Theme Park In Israel

Televangelist and other fundamentalists negotiating with Jewish tourism officials to erect complex by Sea of Galilee. story

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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