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US tourists may have been exposed to the Cuba sonic attack.

Associated Press/Desmond Boylan At least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents, and their family members over the last year have suffered from mysterious sonic attacks. Several US citizens who visited Cuba in recent years have told the State Department they've developed symptoms similar to those of the embassy victims. ...

- Business Insider - US

US Tourist Fears he was hit in Cuba, Years Before Diplomats.

Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread ...

- Voice of America - US

Marriott's Slack extension proves booking corporate travel software doesn't have to suck.

Marriott is using Slack and emoji to make booking a hotel room as easy as giving a 👍 . The hotel chain introduced a new Slack extension that lets teams browse and book hotel rooms directly in their chats. And, being Slack, of course, there's an emoji feature. SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job , and why ...

- Mashable! - US

Beware Vermicious Knids: A billionaire's creating an inflatable space hotel.

Roald Dahl might have warned of the dangers of space hotels, but that hasn't put off billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who has said he will put an inflatable "habitat" into space by the end of 2022.  Hotel entrepreneur Bigelow's eponymous space company, Bigelow Aerospace, announced a partnership with rocket maker ...

- City AM - UK

Hotel assistant manager charged over offensive remarks against police.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 ― An assistant manager of a hotel pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to a charge of making offensive remarks against the police on his Facebook page, four months ago. Christopher Khor Chee Ning, 26, made...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Oops! Duterte says he has just 'finished the war in Malaysia'  .

Eschewing soaring rhetoric, President Rodrigo Duterte last night tried one of his homespun straight-from-the-heart' talks on senior government leaders from different Asean countries who were gathered at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. The post Oops! Duterte says he has just 'finished the war in Malaysia'   appeared first ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Carnival Cruise Line's Ocean Medallion Opens A Sea Of Possibilities.

How Carnival’s new platform helps guide passengers to a more personalized cruise experience. Carnival Cruise Line’s Regal Princess is setting out to sea with an ambitious new personalization platform—called the Ocean Medallion—designed to customize the cruise for each individual passenger. ...

- Fast Company - US

Carnival's New Wearable Makes Big Ships Feel Smaller.

How the new Ocean Medallion—from the guys who created Disney’s MagicBand—will help passengers navigate Carnival Cruise Line’s busy ships. This month, the 141,000-ton Regal Princess will push out to sea after a nine-figure revamp of mind-boggling scale. Passengers won’t be greeted by new ...

- Fast Company - US

Senate Republicans cruise toward passage of budget plan.

Senate Republicans are on track to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party's drive to cut taxes. The nonbinding budget plan, … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Marriott's Slack extension lets you book a room with emoji.

Marriott is using Slack and emoji to make booking a hotel room as easy as giving a 👍 . The hotel chain introduced a new Slack extension that lets teams browse and book hotel rooms directly in their chats. And, being Slack, of course, there's an emoji feature. SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job , and why ...

- Mashable! - US

The U.S. Military's Worst Fear: What if Its Nuclear Weapons Don't Work in a War?.

Steve Weintz Security, It has happenned.  The U.S. Air Force is once again pushing for a nuclear-armed cruise missile to fill the gap' between heavy bombers and ballistic missiles. The W-80 warhead will be the missile's business end. The flying branch's push comes during the largest planned overhaul of America's nuclear ...

- The National Interest - US

Wounded Las Vegas security guard breaks silence after shooting

Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard who was shot during the beginning moments of Stephen Paddock's October 1 shooting spree in Las Vegas, broke his silence over the events of that day.         

- USA TODAY - US

Free Tourist Circuit in Parque de la Exhibición

  Th new service aims to benefit schools, universities, groups of friends, families, etc. In order to spread and promote national culture among the general public, Lima Parks Service by the MML, launched a new guided tour through Parque de la Exhibición, for free. This park is located at the corner The post Free Tourist ...

- Peruthisweek - PE

Census 2017: Tourism will Not be Interrupted

Tourists will be able to travel normally through national territory on October 22, the day of the 2017 national census. Tourism companies will be allowed to move their vehicles freely to ensure their proper functioning, said the Head of the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics , Dr. Aníbal Sánchez Aguilar. The ...

- Peruthisweek - PE

Revenues at Kerry hotels group rises 13% to €19m

The directors of a Kerry luxury hotel group sounded warnings over the effects of Brexit, the US election “and the troubling state of the EU”. The warnings come as the Swiss-owned Killarney Hotels Ltd said it had increased revenues by 13% to €19.2m last year.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Right wingers slam Taj Mahal as ‘blot on Indian culture’, amid religious row over top tourist spot

India’s famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country’s ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. The most recent attack came this week when Sangeet Som, a ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

THEN AND NOW: 18 celebrity kids all grown up

Mark Terrill and Noam Galai/Getty Images Celebrity kids are thrust into the public eye from the moment of their birth. Some kids follow in their famous parent's footsteps, creating their own public persona. Others like to stay out of the spotlight. Here are how some of the most recognizable celebrity kids have changed over ...

- Business Insider - US

Traveller24.com | PICS: Life-size OR Tambo statue to greet tourists at SA's busiest airport

President Jacob Zuma unveiled a larger than life statue of struggle icon Oliver Reginald Tambo at the airport named after him in Gauteng.

- News24.com - ZA

Rascal monkeys again pillaging homes, shops

PHETCHABURI: An army of hungry monkeys is once again wreaking havoc in the local community at Khao Wang, ransacking homes and shops, stealing food and even attacking tourists visiting the town's landmark hill.

- BangkokPost - TH

Some Tourists Think They Were Hit In Cuba Attacks As Well

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier ...

- TPM News - US

Tomamu Hokkaido: New Ski Resort by Club Med

Club Med's ski-in / ski-out resorts in Hokkaido offer guests heart-pumping snow activities in a setting just buzzing with authentic Japanese vibes. Tomamu Hokkaido, their brand new ski resort, is set in 582 hectares of pristine mountain range in Japan's wild northern island of Hokkaido. - - Opening in December 2017, Tomamu ...

- WebWire - US

'Hotel occupancy highest in 10 years'

Hotels have not only recorded over 65% occupancy in 2016-17 for the first time since 2007, average room rates are now the highest in last four years.

- Times Of India - IN

Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills one

One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the centre of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames.

- BDNews24 - BD

Chinese firm begins Panama port project after diplomatic ties restored

A group including China Harbour Engineering Company has started building a US$165 million port in Panama for cruise ships, the first project announced between China and the Latin American nation since they re-established diplomatic ties this year. The consortium, which includes the Chinese firm and the Belgian company ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

In Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too?

Revelations that US personnel were hit by invisible attacks in Havana's Hotel Capri re-opened a medical mystery that had haunted Chris Allen for 3 years. While at the hotel he developed sudden-onset numbness and is convinced he was hit, too.         

- USA TODAY - US

New York and Las Vegas cabs start accepting China's biggest mobile payment mode

The taxi cabs in two popular U.S. destinations have responded to the millions of Chinese tourists coming in every year. By next month, tens of thousands of cabs in New York City and Las Vegas will accept Alipay, China's nearly ubiquitous mobile payment mode. This will apply to 2,100 taxis in Vegas by the end of October, ...

- Mashable! - US

Meanwhile... in Bhutan, the government is opening the door wider to foreign tourism

And in the Congo, Belgian biologist Koen Hufkens is 'already a long way toward predicting the Congo forest's future' thanks to a treasure trove of notebooks, while a fairy-tale rescue story could raise awareness of the plight of abandoned dogs on Mauritius.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Travel shop with a difference

Here is a good pub quiz question. Who claims to have the largest tourist Instagram account in Europe?

- Stuff - NZ

Fire Rips Through Luxury Myanmar Hotel, 1 body Recovered

A fire gutted a luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon on Thursday morning, causing one death. A body bag was carried out of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel on Thursday morning and firefighters said the victim was male. It was unclear if others were killed or injured. Photos and ...

- Voice of America - US

Senate Republicans cruise toward passage of budget plan

- Townhall.com - US

New York City hotel bringing back $1,000 bagel

NEW YORK — New Yorkers with a taste for an expensive city staple will have an opportunity to try the $1,000 bagel when it returns to the city next month.

- Billings Gazette - US

One tourist dead and 17 seriously ill after Mallorca Legionnaire's disease outbreak

Palmanova hotel hit by outbreak of disease has water supply switched off

- The Olive Press - ES

Quebec Joins the 'Burqa Ban' Movement

Quebec issued a religious neutrality bill forbidding public workers from wearing face coverings and burqas when accessing public services Reasons behind the bill include security, identification purposes, and reducing the presence of conspicuous religious symbols in public The law received backlash from the Muslim community ...

- Albawaba - UK

Muslim Americans take to streets to protest against travel ban

The majority-Muslim group marched to the Trump International Hotel as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters.

- IOL - ZA

Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills one

YANGON - One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the centre of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames.

- Reuters - US

Stunning footage captured as record numbers of whales gather in Argentine waters

Thousands of tourists enjoy watching record numbers of southern right whales and their calves swimming in Argentina's Patagonia region.

- ABC News - AU

Penang govt under fire over heritage rules for hotel approvals

The state government has violated George Town World Heritage special plans, alleges Gerakan leader.

- Malaysiakini - MY

Fire guts luxury Myanmar hotel, 1 dead

YANGON: A fire gutted a luxury teak wood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon before dawn Thursday, causing one death.

- BangkokPost - TH

A Little-Known Story of Survival During the Holocaust

Emily CodikSosua, a northern beach town in the Dominican Republic, was founded by Holocaust refugees. How did it become one of the Caribbean's biggest sex-tourism destinations?

- Pulitzer Center - US

Ellen DeGeneres has emotional interview with security guard shot during Vegas massacre

The gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history first wounded an unsuspecting hotel security guard in a hallway who promptly radioed for help, according to a TV interview broadcast Wednesday with the guard and a hotel building engineer whose life he is credited with saving.

- FOX News - US

Photos: Fire destroys landmark teakwood Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar

One person died in the fire which ripped through the traditional Burmese-style teak Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon before dawn.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

10-man Barca cruise as club plead for Catalonia dialogue

Barcelona beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday.

- Daily Nation - KE

Govt to auction 6 Dawood properties in Mumbai

Around two years after its attempt to sell Dawood Ibrahim's property, Hotel Raounaq Afroz-also known as Delhi Zaika-the Union finance ministry has again announced an auction of the premises along with five other properties reportedly owned by the underworld don.

- Times Of India - IN

Navy saves a bundle doing navigation training aboard cruise ships

The Royal New Zealand Navy says booking berths on commercial cruises for navigation training is cheaper than using an offshore patrol vessel, and it is no holiday for their personnel.

- Stuff - NZ

Deadly fire nearly destroys five-star teakwood hotel in Myanmar’s Yangon, Macau woman critical

One person died when a fire tore through a luxury teak wood hotel in Myanmar’s main city Yangon on Thursday, destroying the iconic resort which is popular with foreign visitors. Hundreds of firefighters tried to quell the blaze, which broke out at around 3am local time, but were unable to stop the flames from ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Former Trump Hotel Partner Charged in Brazil Olympic Bribery Case

Prosecutors in Brazil say a wealthy businessman paid bribes to get the 2016 Games to Rio and was later rewarded through his stake in a would-be Trump hotel.

- International NY Times - US

Azerbaijan, Russia to organize cruises on Caspian Sea

In recent years, sea cruises have gained increasing popularity among tourists from all over the world. More importantly, they have become more affordable for a wide range of travelers.

- AzerNews - AZ

New York City hotel bringing back $1,000 bagel

- Townhall.com - US

Hotel guard describes getting shot before Las Vegas massacre

The hotel security guard who is a witness to the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history says he was shot while walking down a hotel hallway outside where Stephen Paddock was holed up in a suite.

- Hawaii News Now - US

IHG® opens Europe's largest Holiday Inn Express® in Cologne City Centre

The newly opened property boasts 323 rooms all featuring the next generation Holiday Inn Express design which balances home comforts with smart design features. Guests can enjoy sound absorbing headboards, bedside USB ports and flexible in-room working spaces. Free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast buffet are also included ...

- WebWire - US

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