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Australia introduces tough new laws on child sex tourism.

New laws designed to stop pedophiles convicted in Australia from traveling overseas to offend again came into effect Wednesday, with the government saying it will ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Australian paedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by sex tourism flight ban.

A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian paedophiles from travelling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism. Laws that took effect on Wednesday prevent 20,000 convicted paedophiles listed on the Australian child sex offender register ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong’s Ocean Park announces HK$234.4 million deficit along with 9 per cent fee increase.

For the second year in a row, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park recorded a loss coupled with a drop in attendance, which the theme park blamed on the city’s recent retail and tourism downturn. The Southern District attraction also announced a 9 per cent admission fee increase on Wednesday, taking effect on New Year’s ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Move aside SpaceX! Blue Origin returns to flight with its updated New Shepard tourist spaceship.

The company launched and landed its suborbital rocket, inching a step closer to first passenger flights.

- - UK

One-hundred-sixty 5 and 6-star hotels under construction in Iran.

According to Iranian officials, about 160 four and five-star hotels are being built in Iran.

- AzerNews - AZ

New Muscat hotel to be managed by Movenpick.

New Muscat hotel to be managed by Movenpick...


Stonehenge a fertility monument built to cast penis shadows, study says.

The UK's world-famous Stonehenge has been attracting tourists for thousands of years.Not only is it protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site — for its status as the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

PHOTO: Shaw: Observer Man of the Year.

Finance Minister Audley Shaw accepts the Jamaica Observer Man of the Year 2017 Awardfrom the newspaper's Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart at the Observer Business LeaderAward gala Sunday night at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

- - JM

Bartlett says 2017 a 'dream year' for Jamaica.

TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett says 2017 is a “dream year” for Jamaica's tourism sector.“We've annexed all sorts of new horizons and frontiers; we're going to make four million visitors this year and we're going to earn in the region of US$3 billion,” he told top-producing travel agents from ...

- - JM

State Senator claims Hawaii tourism leaders oppose UFC Hawaii.

Max Holloway's second victory over Jose Aldo in Detroit earlier this month accompanied with Yancy Mederios jaw-dropping bout with Alex Oliveira hyped up Hawaii fans like never before. And word of bringing UFC to the islands began buzzing around again.

- Hawaii News Now - US

OSIRIS-REx cruising towards rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu.

Greenbelt MD Dec 13, 2017 OSIRIS-REx is continuing outbound cruise operations, en route to arrival in August of 2018 at the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft is currently 29.6 million miles from Earth and is executing a program designed to study and reduce the presence of water on the spacecraft. During routine in-flight ...

- - US

Bali Hotels Face Occupancy Crisis Because of Volcano in Busy Tourism Season

The volcanic eruption in Iceland put that country on the world's tourism map. Bali is already well-known, and there is little positive fallout from the volcanic disruptions there. -Dennis Schaal

- Skift - US

Video: Royal Caribbean CEO on Building Smarter Ships

As cruise ships grow in size, the need for innovation in onboard activities and experiences has grown in tandem. Companies like Royal Caribbean Cruises have led the way, but there is still a long way to go until megaship cruises shed their image as a low-brow vacation. -Andrew Sheivachman

- Skift - US

MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.

- Yahoo! News - US

Avis To Test Unlocking Rental Cars Using Smartphones

Image credit - ContinentalWe have heard of how there are some hotels in some parts of the world where they are testing out features where guests can check themselves into their room using their phone, which in turn also acts as a key. It turns out that car rental company Avis is also interested in similar tech that can be ...

- Ubergizmo - US

Water-saving shower heads to be distributed

Wesgro will on Wednesday kick off distribution of 1 800 low-flow shower heads as part of its push to help smaller tourism establishments save water.

- Cape Times - SA

'Treated like criminals': two tourists describe their ordeal with Munich ticket inspectors

When Stephanie Marcello and her family returned to the airport after their holiday in Munich, they were left confused and angry by the 'intimidating' way ticket collectors pressed them into paying a €120 fine.

- The Local - INT

Pacific nation demands tourist conservation pledge

With overtourism becoming a growing concern the world over, one tiny island in the Western Pacific has taken action to protect its future generations from the damage caused by overseas visitors.Palau has become the first country...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Report says Swiss ski resorts face bleak future

Climate change is the biggest threat to the survival of Swiss ski resorts, says bank Credit Suisse in a report published on Tuesday.By 2035 only a third of Swiss Alpine resorts will have enough snow in...

- Expatica - NL

LeBron James leads Cavs in romp over Hawks

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 ― LeBron James produced 17 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a ninth straight home victory in a 123-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks yesterday. James' tally of assists matched the best single-game total of his...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Blue Origin tests Crew Capsule 2.0 with 'biggest windows in space'

Jeff Bezos' rocket company isn't quite ready for space tourism, but today's test flight gets it a bit closer. Bezos tweeted that for the first time, Blue Origin has tested version 2.0 of its Crew Capsule, and while he didn't mention how luxurious the...

- Engadget - US

Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law

A convicted child molester has been prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles out of Southeast Asian sex tourist markets.

- FOX News - US

Judge: Cruise line isn't an internet provider under surveillance law

Just because Royal Caribbean provides WiFi doesn't make it an internet provider, a judge rules.


HotelTonight is revamping their rewards program with infinite levels

Last year HotelTonight launched HT Perks, their own twist on a hotel loyalty program. The program is level-based, meaning user “level up” as they meet certain tiers of lifetime spend in the app. It was generally well received but maybe a little under ambitious - it maxed out at level 4 - which granted a user as ...

- TechCrunch - US

UAE- Riding the tourism wave

UAE- Riding the tourism wave...


Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law

CANBERRA, Australia — A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles out of Southeast Asian sex tourist markets.Laws that...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Actor Park Bo-gum Receives Award for Promoting Korean Tourism

Actor Park Bo-gum Tuesday received an award for his contribution to promote Korea abroad. Park received the award with 12 other winners chosen by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization.Park rose to stardom after appearing in a couple of hit TV series such as ...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Kiwi tourists are spending more, but international visitors spend less

Total tourism spending has hit $36b, but our international visitors are spending less.  Latest Statistics NZ figures also show previous estimates of earnings from the cruise industry may have been overstated, and the tourism industry says the rising GST take from visitors reinforces its case for more investment in ...

- Stuff - NZ

Slow television comes to Australia's outback

It makes sense that Australia, with its expanses of desert and ever-changing landscapes, would make a great place for slow television. The Ghan: Australia's Greatest Train Journey is the country's first foray into the genre, which is set to air on SBS and online on Jan. 7. SEE ALSO: Selfie tourism is killing these ...

- Mashable! - US

Pakistan nationals request govt. to clear maximum Indian visas

Pakistani nationals visiting Kashmir via a friendly bus service urged their government to give speedy clearances to visa applications by Indians so that the flow of tourists between the two countries increases. The Poonch-Rawalakot bus service was launched in 2006 to facilitate visits by Indian and Pakistani citizens who ...

- Yahoo! News - US

World's first tourism campaign in space

It is the movie everyone is talking about this week, and one country has taken its links with Star Wars: The Last Jedi into space.

- Stuff - NZ

Treble Cone to Celebrate 50 Glorious Years in 2018

Wanaka’s much-loved Treble Cone Ski area will be celebrating a golden era of ski tourism with its 50th anniversary next year.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

England on the brink at WACA house of pain in Ashes third test

England's hopes of clawing their way back into an Ashes series fast slipping from their grip will be put to the ultimate test at the WACA where the tourists have won only once in nearly 50 years.

- The Daily Star - LB

Lake Maraetai's Mangakino Hotel selling for under $1m

Mangakino Hotel, its accommodation business and 4059 square metres of freehold land are on the market for less than $1 million.

- Stuff - NZ

Transforming the tourism industry into a force for GOOD

The future of the tourism industry is being questioned by a Wellington-based social enterprise, GOOD Travel .

- Scoop NZ - NZ

FCC Commissioner Resorts to Trolling Ajit Pai Because All Is Lost

There's not a ton we can do now but watch in horror as the FCC's Republican leadership guts net neutrality. You should, of course, join the ongoing online protest. And if your representatives in Congress don't support strong net neutrality protections, write them and explain how you won't forget their stance next time…

- Gizmodo - US

App Makes Parking Easier In Budapest

A new smartphone application makes it easier for drivers in Budapest to find vacant parking spots. The app gives access to free parking spots in office buildings and hotels which are not normally open to the public.

- The Budapest Sun - HU

Video: 7th Diplomatic Fair Donates Proceeds To Sick And Underpriveledged Children

Bridget Lindsay - President - Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest: Thank you to all the participants, volunteers, sponsors, the InterContinental Hotel, and to everyone who supported and attended the Diplomatic Fair. Your contributions have helped to make this the most successful Fair in our history.

- The Budapest Sun - HU

Smiling Hospital Grand Gala, Marriott Hotel, 3 February

The Smiling Hospital Foundation invites you to the Grand Gala on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 7 pm to midnight at Marriott Hotel Budapest. The theme this year is: „Colours For Children'.

- The Budapest Sun - HU

Danny Boyle and Banksy's 'Alternativity' to be on BBC Two

BBC Two is to show Danny Boyle staging an alternative nativity play at Banksy's Bethlehem hotel.

- BBC - UK

Tillerson: My failure if US resorts to force on North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed confidence Tuesday that Washington is doing all it can to force North Korea to negotiate its nuclear disarmament.

- The Daily Star - LB

Special Report: Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs

When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house. One month later, across the Gulf of Mexico in Big Pine Key, Florida, moving company driver Byron Keeble lost about $10,000 worth of belongings, ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Tourists are slowly killing inhabitants of Japan's Rabbit Island

Thousands of rabbits on an almost deserted Japanese island are struggling because of an influx in tourism.

- - UK

Turkey's tourism sector eyeing 35 million foreign tourists in 2018 as tough period eases

Tourism players in Turkey expect to host more than 35 million foreign tourists next year as the sector has been recovering after a tough period.

- HĂĽrriyet - TR

Iran turning 5 million expatriates into tourism marketers

The Iranian government is devising incentives to turn some 5 million Iranian expatriates into marketers in the tourism sector.

- AzerNews - AZ

I visited a baby elephant orphanage in Kenya — here's what it was like

Chris Weller/Business Insider I recently took a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, where I visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The project started in 1977 as a way to rescue orphaned elephants and rhinos. More than 200 elephants have been rescued and reintroduced into the wild. The clapping started immediately. Behind a ...

- Business Insider - US

Bandh turns violent as protesters go berserk in Sirsi

The bandh called by Hindu organisations and the BJP in protest against the death of Hindu activist Paresh Mesta in Honnavar turned violent on Tuesday. The protesters have been demanding that those responsible for the death should be dealt with strictly. Police resorted to lathi charge and fired teargas shells in the air to ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Key Economic Indicators Point To A Good 2018 For Travel, Despite Larger Turmoil

Key economic indicators point to a solid 2018 for travel and tourism as long as federal policy changes don't get in the way. -Rebecca Stone

- Skift - US

How a Hotel Stay Can Make You Feel Better

Wouldn't it be nice if a hotel room could enhance your sleep, whip you into shape or make you relax? Four Seasons, MGM and SwissĂ´tel are among the brands experimenting with accommodations designed to make guests feel healthier. -Laura Powell

- Skift - US

Why This Boutique Barcelona Hotel Transformed Itself Into a New York Weekend

Cross-promotions like this are most successful when both sides have something to gain. While Seagram's gets access to a new audience, The Corner Hotel can enhance its reputation. -Samantha Shankman

- Skift - US