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Daily Pulse: Stories You Need to Read for Monday, Oct. 26

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | October 26, 2015

Daily Pulse: Stories You Need to Read for Monday, Oct. 26

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Here’s what’s happening in the travel world for Monday, Oct. 26

Relations between Russia and Ukraine are not getting any better. Now, the rift is affecting travel. All direct flights between the two countries have been suspended… Read more from The Guardian.

A 25-year-old Alaska man is stranded in Russia after he failed to plan for a return flight. His visa is about to expire and people from his home village on the Bering Sea are trying to raise money to charter a plane to bring him home… Read more from the Seattle Times.

South Africa is experiencing a tourism slump. The government is planning to overhaul visa rules to make it easier for people from many countries to visit… Read more from

Correspondents from the New York Times took a break from reporting the news to share their favorite travel tips for Africa… Read more from the NY Times.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie was asked to leave an Amtrak train’s “quiet car” after other passengers complained that he was being too loud while yelling at his security detail and shouting into his cell phone… Read more from CNN.

America’s tourism promotion efforts in Asia seem to be paying off. Last year 9.6 million travelers crossed the Pacific to visit the US… Read more from TTGAsia.

Think things can get spooky on Halloween? The trick-or-treating holiday has nothing on these nine frightening festivals from around the world… Read more from CN Traveler.  

According to data collected by Hipmunk, the Qantas First Class Lounge in Sydney is the world’s best airport lounge… Read about it and the other 19 lounges in the top 20 from Lifehacker.

The new 007 movie is hitting screens soon. The Guardian takes a look at all the places that James Bond has traveled to over more than two dozen films and asks what effect the globetrotting spy had on Hollywood when it came to choosing international settings for movies… Read more from the Guardian.

People traveling between France and New England are in for a treat. Newly redesigned cabins are being used on Air France’s Boston-Paris flights. The airline is also using planes with the upgraded interiors on New York, Washington, Vancouver and LA flights… Read more from Luxury Travel Magazine.

Cambodia wants more people to come to its new casinos. The strategy is to lure hardcore gamblers by establishing an air link between Asia’s hottest gambling destination, Macau, and Phnom Penh… Read more from the Phnom Penh Post



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