EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
Here are the travel stories from Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa that you should be reading for the last day of November.
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Japan Airlines has launched a new English language web site for domestic flights. This site will make it easier for tourists to book online by themselves instead of having to rely on a third party who can speak Japanese.
The CEO of Monarch Airlines, Andrew Swaffield, said in an interview that it is imperative that people keep traveling despite the threat of terrorism. He said that if travelers decide en masse to stay home “you are saying to terrorists: ‘You can wipe out a market for a very low investment,' and they will try it elsewhere.”
Many of the attractions near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are under the water. On Heron Island, however, tourists can stay dry as the view nesting sea turtles, rare birds and an historic beached ship. There is only one hotel on the island, the aptly named Heron Island Resort.
Russian news agency INTERFAX has been reporting that there are a few surprising destinations included on the latest list of places that are unsafe for Russian tourists. India, specifically the popular beach destination of Goa, is included alongside Egypt and Turkey on the latest no-go list. The Russian Information Center in Goa disputes the report.
After a string of violent crimes in the Philippines, South Korean tourists are being banned from parts of the island nation. So far in 2015, nine Koreans have been murdered in the Philippines. Under Korean law, people who visit the banned areas can face up to $8,700 in fines.
Another sign that the Ebola scare is in the past: travelers from Sierra Leone will no longer need special permission to enter South Africa. People from the West African nation previously had to get approval to travel to South Africa because they were coming from an Ebola zone.
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