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  • Briton 'beaten to death' in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing

    04/15/2011 4:07:55 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 57 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 14th April 2011 | Arthur Martin, Nick Mcdermott and Rebecca Evans
    A British tourist was beaten to death by officers in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing, it was claimed yesterday. Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell. Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor. Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building. During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough...
  • Conservatives take on Palin for gov-subsidized reality show, Palin calls criticism ludicrous

    03/30/2011 6:42:33 AM PDT · by Anamnesis · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/30/11 | Chris Moody
    The company that produced Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” received $1.2 million in state tax credits for filming in Alaska through a government program Palin signed into law as governor in 2008. The Anchorage Daily News first reported the story in February, but after an analyst at the Tax Foundation posted a blurb on the group’s blog linking to the piece Tuesday, Palin faced a fresh heap of criticism from Washington conservative pundits who may have been a bit late to the fight, but were not shy to throw punches. The state legislature passed...
  • California site for 'maternity tourists' shut down

    03/24/2011 3:17:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 24, 2011 | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON and CHRISTINA HOAG
    Authorities have closed three upscale townhouses that were operating as a maternity center for Chinese mothers paying thousands of dollars to give birth in the United States so the children would automatically gain citizenship. Police and city inspectors found seven newborns and two mothers when they closed the homes for building code violations on March 8 in San Gabriel, a suburb east of Los Angeles that is home to a large Asian population. The women, who were Chinese and Taiwanese nationals and spoke little English, told officials their families had paid to send them to the United States to give...
  • 'Travel to dictatorships helps destroy them': CEO

    02/11/2011 1:50:51 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 24 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 02/11/2011 | The Local/vt
    Pär Kjellin, the CEO of leading Swedish travel package operator Apollo, has argued that travel and tourism to countries with authoritarian regimes helps to undermine them. Kjellin argued on Thursday that tourism can be a "good and democratic force," making a link between the high volumes of tourists to countries such as Egypt and Tunisia and the ongoing pro-democracy movements. "The fact that people travel and meet across cultural, religious and political boundaries is a good thing. Visits, even to dictatorships, I believe helps to destroy them. I would argue that tourism, major global travel, is in itself a positive...
  • Leprosy, Plague and Other Visitors to New York

    02/11/2011 4:42:29 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 26 replies
    NewYorkTimes ^ | February 10, 2011 | Anemona Hartocollis
    When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases. If a disease has cropped up in the world, there is a good chance it will eventually find its way to New York City through the diverse travelers who cross the city’s borders. For instance, several people every year are found to have a biblical disease, leprosy, though health officials say no one has to fear catching it in the...
  • Electronic Toll on Golden Gate Bridge Can Cost Tourists Hundreds

    02/02/2011 6:18:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Aol Travel ^ | February 1, 2011 | Jason Cochran
    The authorities that run San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge announced that next year, they will remove the crossing's human toll takers and replace them with electronic sensors. The switch has been sold as a triumph for efficiency and traffic flow but is potential budget disaster for tourists who now risk stumbling into fines or having to pay more money for e-pass equipment. Cities and states across the world have been moving to sensor-based tolling systems, from TxTag in Texas to E-ZPass in 14 states, without regard to the burden it places on tourists who either don't understand the system,...
  • New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spill

    12/27/2010 3:54:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/26/10 | Brett Anderson
    New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spillBy Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 8:45 AM The days of explaining exotic species of Hawaiian finfish to puzzled locals have passed at Grand Isle restaurant. After struggling through months when the oyster bar would sit idle for weeks on end, supplies from Terrebonne Parish and Galveston Bay are now readily available. Grouper may still be more difficult to come by than usual, but at least it's not Chilean. Still, David Pearson, a partner in Grand Isle, a Warehouse District seafood restaurant, is not resting...
  • Somalia Gets a Tourist, Mogadishu Officials Are Baffled

    12/13/2010 10:18:27 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Time ^ | December 13, 2010 | Megan Gibson
    It's no wonder Somali immigration officials in Mogadishu thought a 41-year-old man who described himself as a tourist was insane; they hadn't seen a tourist in the Somali capital since, well, ever. Canadian citizen Mike Spencer Bown is a seasoned traveler having visited more than 150 countries. But when he arrived in Mogadishu as a tourist, he was met with disbelief. "We have never seen people like this man," Omar Mohamed, one of the officials, told the AFP. "He said he was a tourist, we couldn't believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the...
  • Weather forces Showboat Branson Belle aground on Table Rock Lake......(Branson, Missouri)

    12/11/2010 9:56:13 PM PST · by TYVets · 14 replies
    KY3-TV Web Site ^ | December 11, 2010 | KY3-TV
    The wind was so strong Saturday night it blew the Showboat Branson Belle aground during its cruise with guests onboard. The Belle and local authorities tell KY3 there's no serious injuries and only three people requested medical assistance as a precaution. A passenger told KY3 over the phone Saturday night, most of the 567 passengers are calm but some are panicking. The passenger also says the captain announced it's not safe to evacuate the boat where they came aground. He said the rocky shoreline is covered in ice. Fire crews are trying to create a gameplan but the captain announced...
  • Kayaker killed by crocodile

    12/10/2010 9:44:12 AM PST · by drew · 48 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/10/2010 | Jenny gross
    Kayaker presumed dead after Congo crocodile attack By Jenny Gross - JOHANNESBURG | An acclaimed South African outdoorsman who was leading a kayaking expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo was dragged from his craft by a crocodile as two Americans watched, horrified. The guide is presumed dead. The two Americans paddled to safety after the Tuesday morning attack on the Lukuga River in Congo. The International Rescue Committee helped evacuate the Americans to a nearby town after Tuesday's attack, said Ciaran Donnelly, the organization's regional director in the Central African country. The body of 35-year-old Hendrik...
  • Couple's 'Vow Renewal' in Maldives Was String of Insults

    10/29/2010 10:42:15 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 22 replies · 1+ views
    (Oct. 29) -- It should have been one of the happiest days of their lives. The European couple had decided to renew their wedding vows in the tropical Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean and paid $1,300 for the ceremony to be conducted in the exotic local Dhivehi language. *** The couple -- who are thought to be either Swiss or French -- hold their hands up in prayer, and glance happily at each other throughout the 15-minute ceremony, blissfully unaware of the words' true meaning. "You fornicate and make a lot of children," the celebrant continued. "You drink and...
  • Space tourism will accelerate climate change, warn scientists as Sir Richard Branson ...

    10/25/2010 12:27:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/25/10 | Staff
    A decade of commercial space flight would have a devastating impact on climate change and global temperatures, according to a new study.Scientists believe that vast amounts of black soot created by a new generation of spacecraft could lead to temperatures in polar regions rising by as mush as one degree Celsius.The study comes as the dream of whisking tourists edged closer to reality with the official opening of the runway at the world's first commercial spaceport by Sir Richard Branson.The billionaire said he expects flights for space tourists to begin in nine to 18 months,
  • Oprah Effect Lost on Chinese as Sydney Battles to Boost Tourism [Winfrey hired brings 300-audience)

    10/14/2010 11:48:37 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek ^ | October 14, 2010 | Robert Fenner
    The “Oprah effect” might not be enough to help Sydney’s flagging tourism industry. Australia is spending more than A$3 million ($2.98 million) to bring billionaire talk-show Oprah Winfrey to the city for the first time and stage her show in December for broadcast to U.S. audiences, Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson said last month. While Winfrey is the city’s latest weapon in the battle to lure back visitors put off by the record-high Australian dollar, travel agents and advertising professionals say the money would be better spent attracting the Chinese.
  • RI Tourist Bitten by Poisonous Snake at Fla. Hotel

    10/06/2010 11:32:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    ABC6 ^ | October 5, 2010
    A tourist is in intensive care after being bitten by a poisonous snake near a Florida resort's swimming pool. A Dr. P. Phillips Hospital spokeswoman said 45-year-old Eric Geisman of Pawtucket, R.I., was stable Tuesday. Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall says a crew responded to a 911 call Monday afternoon about a man bitten by a snake near a swimming pool at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes resort in Orlando. The fire rescue crew found and killed the water moccasin after transporting Geisman to the hospital. Geisman's sister-in-law tells the Orlando Sentinel that Geisman was bitten on the...
  • China Issues Japan Travel Warning

    09/30/2010 9:53:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/01/10 | JEREMY PAGE in Beijing and YUKA HAYASHI in Tokyo
    China Issues Japan Travel Warning By JEREMY PAGE in Beijing and YUKA HAYASHI in Tokyo China issued a travel warning for Japan, reflecting continued strains between the two neighbors despite efforts to ratchet down tensions. The National Tourism Administration's warning cited an alleged attack against a Chinese tour bus by Japanese right-wing activists in the southern city of Fukuoka. The statement, issued late Thursday, didn't give further details of the incident, but warned "Chinese tourists and tour groups currently in Japan or planning to go to Japan in the near future to watch their travel safety." The incident couldn't immediately...
  • Who wants to visit the Middle East? Twice as many people as in 2000.

    09/30/2010 2:31:41 PM PDT · by posterchild · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Sept 30, 2010 | Sarah Birke
    Damascus, Syria When it comes to the Middle East, more than a few people might be surprised to learn of the region's latest achievement: stature as the fastest-growing tourism destination in the world. Greater political stability and stepped-up efforts to attract visitors are at the root of the trend – one that not only tends to shore up regional stability and increase countries' revenues, analysts say, but can also give countries marred by allegations of corruption, human rights abuses, and autocracy a better image on the international stage. “Tourism is an important new source of income for these countries and...
  • Railroad group gets stimulus funds to rehab southern tracks

    09/30/2010 12:59:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 36 replies
    The Adirondack Daily Enterprise ^ | Thursday, September 30, 2010 | Jessica Collier
    The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society was awarded $200,000 in federal stimulus funds to rehabilitate a stretch of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in the western Adirondacks. Bill Branson, president of the society, said the seed money will let the group access about $1 million in other funds, already raised through private and state grants, to fix 14 miles of track from Carter Station, just north of Thendara, through Big Moose up to Beaver River in Herkimer County. The cost of the entire project will likely be about $1,350,000, so the society has a good start, Treasurer Ed Kennedy said. The group...
  • Obama to tax foreign tourists $10 each...to fund a program promoting tourism to foreigners.

    08/23/2010 8:34:48 AM PDT · by conimbricenses · 57 replies
    As of September 8, travellers from countries in the US visa waiver programme will nevertheless have to hand over $14 (SFr14.6) to be allowed into the country. The new entry fee is made up of $10 for “travel promotion” and $4 for administrative costs. The remaining $10 of the fee will go towards a semi-public promotion fund that was created under the Travel Promotion Act signed into law in March this year. The act aims to boost the US tourist industry, which has been in decline since 2000. The fund will be used to help the industry recover.
  • Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill ('Clean, open, safe' - he is the Messiah!)

    08/14/2010 8:29:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/14/10
    Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill14 August 2010 Last updated at 16:01 ET President Obama has urged Americans to "come on down and visit" Florida to help revive the economy stricken by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Mr Obama said oil was no longer flowing into the Gulf but "our job is not finished and we are not going anywhere until it is." The president is visiting Florida with his wife and elder daughter. On Friday, US incident commander Adm Thad Allen said work would continue to seal the leaking well for good. The president paid tribute...
  • Virgin Galactic's first space trip could be this fall

    08/14/2010 1:42:37 PM PDT · by GWConservative · 14 replies
    Space.com - msnbc.msn.com ^ | 7/21/2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    Suborbital, private joyrides will cost $200,000 a ticket A private spaceship built to launch space tourists on suborbital joyrides could by flying on its own by this fall, Space.com has learned. The SpaceShipTwo spacecraft VSS Enterprise, which the space tourism company Virgin Galactic has been flying on test flights attached to a huge mothership, could make its first drop flights over California's Mojave Desert for glide and landing tests. "There's a reasonable possibility that we could see the first drop flight in the fall, but as always, everything is predicated on thoroughness and safety," Virgin Galactic's commercial director Stephen Attenborough...