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Africa’s struggling tourism destinations are dismayed that the US has issued a worldwide travel alert after terror attacks in Egypt, France and Mali. Southern Africa has been struggling to draw visitors this year. The region was not affected by Ebola or terrorism, but these two issues have scared many tourists away from the entire continent.
Indonesia is turning to television for its latest promotional push. The archipelago will be featured on TLC and the Discovery Channel all across the Asia Pacific region. A 12-episode program called Wondernesia is part of Indonesia’s effort to draw 20 million foreign tourists by 2020.
New Zealand will introduce a new tourism tax on Jan. 1. The levy will amount to NZ$21.57 (about US$14). The money will be used to fund border security and also biosecurity (to protect the country’s agriculture and horticulture industries). Some are worried that the tax will dissuade tourists from visiting.
Visitors at a traditional temple in Kyoto, Japan might be surprised by the Star Wars themed decorations. The Kiyomizu-dera temple has a the Force Awakens-themed mural/screen painting. The sci-fi characters in the scene have been replaced with the likenesses of Japanese gods.
Hong Kong's tourism industry is struggling, and it is not just airlines and hotels that are feeling the pinch. Some of the territory's restaurants have had to close their doors because they are not getting enough income without tourists to supplement the business from local patrons.
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