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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 4, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 04, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 4, 2015

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Chengdu Uses New Web Site And App To Woo Tourists 
Chengdu wants a larger share of China’s international tourist traffic. The city, best known for its spicy food and panda bears, has just launched an English language web site,, that can be used to plan trips and also share experiences while in Chengdu.

Beijing’s Smog Problem Off The Charts
Beijing’s smog problem is worse than ever. On bad days, the pollution is too bad to even measure. The Air Quality Index, recognized worldwide, measures dirty air on a scale of 0 (perfectly pure) to 500 (polluted). This past week, Beijing scored 587, which is literally off the charts.

Is This Australia’s Most Dangerous Tourist Attraction?
Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree is in Warren National Park in far Southwestern Australia. The top of the tree is used as lookout, where people can see the surrounding scenery. However, there is only one way to get up: by climbing on metal spikes driven into the tree. By the way, there are no nets or harnesses in sight.

Destinations Hoping To Cash In On Their Star Wars Cameos
Puzzlewood, near Gloucester, appears as Endor (the Ewok Planet) in the new film Star Wars the Force Awakens. Ireland’s Skellig Michael and the dunes of Abu Dhabi will also appear in the film. All are hoping for the same kind of tourist boost that Tunisia, Italy and Spain enjoyed after they appeared in earlier Star Wars films.



Thailand has had a record year for tourism, but that could be undone if an audit by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) shows that Thailand-based planes do not have the security and safety specs needed to enter European airspace. Thai Airways has a 60 percent share of the market on routes between Western Europe and Thailand. 

Egypt is opening a new museum at Cairo Airport in a bid to bring tourists back to the country. The exhibit space, which will house three dozen artifacts from Ancient Egypt, will open on Monday, Dec. 7.  

Cyprus is a hugely popular travel destination for British tourists, especially during the wintertime. As high season approaches, some people are worried that the island could be an easy target for terrorists because the UK’s planes are using bases here for airstrikes in Syria. The Foreign Office says the risk of an attack remains low. 

Philippine Airlines are no longer banned from traveling into Europe. An agreement between Manila and Italy could lead to new flights between the two countries. 

Egypt’s tourism minister is meeting with the British ambassador in Cairo to discuss a plan that would allow airlines to start flying from the UK to Sharm El-Sheikh again. After the bombing of a Russian passenger jet, England stopped all air service to and from the Egyptian resort area. 

Kenya took its tourism pitch right to China this past weekend at a two-day cultural event held at a Guangzhou mall. The show included traditional dancers and Kenyan food. 


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