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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 3, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 03, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 3, 2015

The Global Peace Index Tells Travelers Which Countries Are Safest 
In the wake of the Paris attacks, people are looking for safer places to take their next trip. The Global Peace Index is a good place to start. The index looks at factors like crime, militarization and personal security. Iceland, Finland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Austria were all in the top 10.
Source: The Courier Mail

Fears For Hong Kong’s Pink Dolphins As Airport Expansion Begins 
Conservationists worry that the construction of the Hong Kong-Macau Bridge and an expansion of Hong Kong’s airport could drive off the local population of pink dolphins. People from the village of Tai O are especially worried. They operate boat trips for tourists who want to catch a glimpse of these now-rare creatures.
Source: Huff Post

More Tuk-Tuks To Hit Bangkok’s Streets 
You would have thought that those iconic three-wheeled taxis would have disappeared from Bangkok by now. Instead, 565 new vehicles will be registered next year. The hope is that these noisy novelties will make the city more attractive to tourists.
Source: Bangkok Post

Chris Brown Cancels Australia Tour After Visa Troubles 
Chris Brown was forced to cancel his tour of Australia and New Zealand after visa troubles. Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said he would not accept Brown’s visa application because of his convictions for assault and domestic violence. Brown would also need “special permission” to enter New Zealand because of his criminal record.
Source: La Prensa


Japanese people have a unique way of celebrating the winemaking holiday known as Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Rather than drinking a fine vintage, they take a bath in it. A spa in Japan poured bottles of red wine into a pool and allowed patrons to soak in it. 

South Africa’s home affairs minister is backpedaling after controversial visa rules were blamed for a decrease in the number of arrivals from China. Malusi Gigaba contended that it was a fear of Ebola that kept tourists away, not the visa rules. However, South Africa did not actually see any cases of the deadly virus. 

This year, entrepreneur Siza Mzimela became the first black woman to start an airline in South Africa. Mzimela’s Fly Blue Crane, launched in September, offers regional service for low rates. Her goal is to make flying affordable for underserved and low income travelers.  

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a California woman who lost her leg in a train accident in Austria cannot use U.S. courts to sue the railway, even though she purchased her tickets in the U.S. She needs to travel to Austria to file a suit. 

After Hong Kong plummeted in the world’s clean air rankings, residents began calling for an increase in the number of pedestrian areas and bike paths in the crowded harbor-front area. The argument is that Hong Kong is compact and therefore ideal for car-free travel.  


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