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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 01, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Here are the travel stories from Asia, Africa and continental Europe that you should read as you take your daily trip around the internet. 

Discovering The Island of Sal in Cape Verde
Sal is a beach lover's paradise that few people have discovered yet. The desert-like Cape Verdean island draws surfers, divers and people who want to float in salt water that is denser than Israel’s Dead Sea. (Sal actually means “salt” in Portuguese).

Ethiopian Train Connects East Africa
A new tram system, built by Ethiopia - with China’s help - will run through East Africa. Most importantly, it will connect the landlocked country with a port city in autonomous Somaliland. China has plans to invest in other similar rail networks on the continent.

KLM Links Amsterdam with Abu Dhabi and Bahrain
Air France KLM’s new Dreamliner took its inaugural trip to the Middle East. The plane flew from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi before heading to Bahrain. The route will be flown seven days per week, linking the two Gulf states with Amsterdam and with each other.


Tourists who have just been driving in Europe are often surprised to see that their illegal maneuvers were captured on traffic cameras. Many even receive tickets in the mail when they return home. 

It’s almost time for Hanukah. The Jewish festival, which kicks off the month of holiday celebrations, starts on Dec. 6. There will be events in cities like Paris, Moscow, Berlin and New York City. 

Cyprus is enjoying a significant increase in tourism revenue. The Mediterranean nation saw a 17 percent jump in tourist spending in September, the biggest increase in 17 months. The spike was due to an higher number of arrivals from the UK, Germany and Greece. 

After a days-long traffic jam on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, officials are trying to find ways to reduce congestion on the important road link. One idea: ban trucks from traveling during daylight hours. 

China’s tourism industry is struggling. However, one region is experiencing a travel boom. Western China has seen a rise in the number of domestic tourists in recent months. The rural areas here are of interest to the people who live in the crowded cities in the Eastern half of the country. 

Slovenia’s underrated capital, Ljubljana, is getting a new hotel. The InterContinental Ljubljana is a new structure that will be centrally located near the city’s main tourist attractions, Dunajska Cesta and Presernov Square. 


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