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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Friday, Nov. 20

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | November 20, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Friday, Nov. 20

Here are the travel stories from Africa, Asia and Europe that you should read as you tour the web today.

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EU will revise its rules for travel bans
The European Union will make it mandatory for all member states to share information about people who are banned from traveling in a certain country (effectively banning them from traveling anywhere in the EU). This kind of communication was not happening prior to the Paris attacks.
Source: Wall Street Journal

Small Japanese city becomes a model for grassroots tourism development
The Japanese town of Tanabe has a grassroots tourism industry that much larger cities are starting to envy. The locals here banded together to create a multi-lingual reservation system. The whole community basically acts as its own travel agent, with no middleman taking a cut.
Source: CNN

Bosnia plans to build a tourist city 
A Dubai-based company is planning to build a “tourist city” in a small municipality near Sarajevo. In addition to several hotels, the development will have a shopping mall, hospital and residential neighborhoods. It is one of several projects in the Balkan country funded by Gulf-based developers.
Source: Star2

Lion Air pilot grounded after offering flight attendant to passengers
Passengers on a Lion Air flight in Indonesia were taken aback when the pilot came on the PA to apologize for a delay, not by saying sorry, but by jokingly offering one of the flight attendants to passengers to make up for the late start. Fliers didn’t think it was funny, and the pilot was disciplined after the airline started receiving complaints.
Source: Malay Insider


An American tourist was among those killed during an attack in Palestine’s West Bank. The 18-year-old from Boston was on a gap year trip to Israel. 

Tourism promoters are starting to notice Vietnam. Wealthy Vietnamese tourists have been flocking to places Thailand and Japan, where they are getting attention because of their free-spending style of travel.

Zimbabwe’s tourism industry has been calling for an end to the country’s hospitality tax. A VAT is added on to every hotel stay, and it is making it difficult for the country to compete with its neighbors, who have more favorable tax laws.
The Lisbon franchise of Time Out will be going global. The Portuguese magazine, which already has a large following online, has been bought by Time Out Global, making it possible to distribute the magazine outside of Portugal.  

Ethiopian Airlines will operate a flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok using an all-female crew. All of the ground crew for the flight, part of the carrier’s Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth initiative, will also be female.    

Tourists in the Bosnian city of Mostar get to see boys going through a rather frightening right of passage. According to local lore, 16-year-olds must leap from a 16th century bridge and fall more than 70 feet into the river below. If they don’t, their life will be riddled with bad luck. 


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