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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | November 30, 2015

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.

A coffee aficionado’s guide to Melbourne
Melbourne’s blossoming coffee scene features small, independently owned cafes and artisan roasters. Many locals (and tourists) actually prefer these modest venues for their atmosphere and quality beverages.

Traveling in Turkey could be much cheaper next year
Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain quite high. One of the biggest side effects of their war of words is slowing tourism traffic. Turkey was very popular with Russians, but if tensions continue, these visitors will stay away. That could drive down prices for other European travelers, who will find themselves on the good side of the supply-and-demand equation.

Qantas to offer daily flights to Dallas
Qantas currently operates one of the world’s longest flights, from Dallas-Fort Worth to Sydney. The service is offered six days a week. It has proven so popular that the Australian airline will begin daily service (seven flights per week) early next year.

Private island vacations don’t have to be expensive
There are options from Scotland to Vanuatu that fall well below $500 per night. Then, of course, there are places like the private Amalfi Coast island of Li Galli, which has a price tag of $130,000 per week.


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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