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November 7, 2013 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONDON - Mayor Nutter met the competition Tuesday, and it is formidable. As he goes about his eight-day trade trip to London and Tel Aviv, even the irrepressible Nutter had to acknowledge his city faces an uphill battle in the global travel and tourist market. That was evident Tuesday at the World Travel Market, a monstrous convention for 47,000 travel-industry professionals, where seemingly all the globe's nations and major cities set up booths to sell themselves. The largest such gathering in the English-speaking world, the travel market featured acres of geographic displays, organized by continents, then countries, then cities and regions.
TRAVEL
July 28, 2013
Cambodia has joined hands with Australia in an effort to use the Internet to help preserve its fabled Angkor Wat temple complex, the Australian Embassy announced this month. Name: angkorsunsets.com How it works: As part of a master plan to limit damage to the complex, a recently opened website, Angkor Sunset Finder, will give tourists recommendations for where in the 400-square-kilometer (160-square-mile) complex one can watch spectacular sunsets. Why it's needed: A handful of well-publicized spots from which to watch the setting sun attract too many tourists, endangering the place's physical and aesthetic integrity.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Carlota Cortes, Associated Press
PAMPLONA, Spain - The penultimate bull run of Spain's San Fermin festival left at least 23 people injured Saturday when thrill-seekers fleeing the beasts were crushed at the narrow entrance to the bullring, officials said. A tourist from Ohio was one of two runners gored. As the bulls thundered into the entrance of the tunnel, they were blocked by a mound of dozens of people who had fallen and were piled on top of one other. One bull that had fallen before the entrance got up and charged into the clogged passageway.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Zarar Khan and Sebastian Abbot, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Islamic militants disguised as police killed 10 foreign climbers and a Pakistani guide in a brazen overnight raid against their campsite at the base of one of the world's tallest mountains, officials said Sunday. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, saying it was to avenge the death of its deputy leader in a U.S. drone strike last month. The attack took place in an area that has largely been peaceful, hundreds of miles from the Taliban's major sanctuaries along the Afghan border.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Jacqueline Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - In this well-manicured Cape May County beach town that has rarely been more than a mention in tourism guidebooks, a new multimillion-dollar hotel plunked in the middle of its quaint downtown will be making quite a splash this summer. The place hasn't even opened yet - an official grand opening is scheduled for Thursday - but 31 couples have already booked their weddings at the Reeds at Shelter Haven. And then there are the 37 guest rooms and suites with their creamy, dreamy blue-and-beige ambience, Frette linens, and views along one of the town's seven back-door harbors.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | Associated Press
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - Veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings gathered Thursday at the site of history's largest amphibious invasion for a day of ceremonies marking D-Day's 69th anniversary. Around two dozen U.S. vets, some in their old uniforms pinned with medals, stood and saluted during a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where a U.S. cemetery holds the remains of Americans who died during the vicious battle to storm the French beach under withering Nazi fire.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Bob Christie, Cristina Silva, and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
PHOENIX - The weeklong detention of an American woman after Mexican authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat illustrates just one of the perils Americans face while traveling in Mexico. Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked out of a prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, and into her husband's arms late Thursday after a judge dismissed drug-smuggling charges against her. The judge determined Maldonado was no longer a suspect after viewing video that showed the couple climbing onto the bus with just a purse, blankets, and bottles of water.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Bob Christie, Cristina Silva, and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
PHOENIX - The weeklong detention of an American woman after Mexican authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat illustrates just one of the perils Americans face while traveling in Mexico. Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked out of a prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, and into her husband's arms late Thursday after a judge dismissed drug-smuggling charges against her. The judge determined Maldonado was no longer a suspect after viewing video that showed the couple climbing onto the bus with just a purse, blankets, and bottles of water.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2013 | Associated Press
Attention, bargain-hunters around the world: Japanese goods - from cars to televisions - are going on sale. Credit Japan's drive to pump cash into its economy to stimulate growth. The extra money flooding its financial system is helping shrink the value of the yen. A dollar now buys about 100 yen compared with fewer than 80 last fall. When the yen's value falls, many Japanese goods become less expensive worldwide. By contrast, goods made in Europe, Asia, and the United States become pricier compared with Japanese products.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Karel Janicek and Adam Pemble, Associated Press
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A powerful blast believed to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district. The blast shattered windows in the scenic area of charming streets and postcard-pretty buildings, sending glass flying. Authorities closed a wide area around the site, and some tourists were stranded on street corners with baggage-loaded trolleys, unable to get into their hotels.
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