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Portugal: National Airline Strike May Disrupt Travelers’ Plans

Date: March 6th, 2013 | No Comments

On the heels of mass austerity protests that swept across Lisbon and other major cities early this month, employees of TAP, the national airline, have announced a planned strike for March 21-23. TAP operates about 180 flights per day, and though airline officials did not comment on the potential disruption for passengers, air travel in [read more]

Portugal: Dengue Fever Outbreak in Madeira

Date: October 31st, 2012 | No Comments

An outbreak of dengue fever in the Madeira region has afflicted hundreds of people so far, including several European tourists who took the disease home with them as an unfortunate souvenir. Dengue is a mosquito-borne virus that causes a debilitating illness characterized by high fever and severe joint pain. It is occasionally, though not usually, [read more]

Portugal: Potential Lisbon Tourist Tax Won’t Break the Bank

Date: October 6th, 2010 | No Comments

A modest proposal from Lisbon’s mayor could raise $18 million annually to promote the city’s tourism and cost visitors an amount they would never notice, but it is being fought by hoteliers. The plan calls for a tariff of 1 euro ($1.38) on arrival for all foreign tourists and an additional hotel tax of up [read more]

Portugal: Madeira Suffers Floods and Mudslides, Bounces Back

Date: February 24th, 2010 | No Comments

Torrential rains caused flash floods and mudslides that killed at least 42 people in this Portuguese island’s capital city, Funchal, Feb. 20. While the wreckage was severe and will take days to clean up, authorities pleaded with tourists not to cancel their trips to the island off the coast of West Africa, claiming that the [read more]

Portugal: Violent Crime Increasing

Date: September 11th, 2008 | No Comments

Violent crime is increasing, with armed robberies and carjackings up significantly in the past year. Bank robberies have almost doubled and carjackings are up 50 percent. Police believe the spike in crime is due in part to the deteriorating economy, driving otherwise honest individuals to crime to make ends meet. Portugal is now the poorest [read more]

Portugal: Dengue Fever on the Rise in Madeira

Date: December 26th, 2012 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an updated notice regarding dengue fever in Madeira. As of Dec. 9, more than 2,000 cases have been reported in the archipelago, and 58 of those afflicted were European tourists who had returned to their home countries. Dengue fever is a common but serious mosquito-borne illness that [read more]

Portugal: Armed Robberies on the Rise in Embassy District

Date: October 9th, 2012 | No Comments

A rash of armed robberies in the U.S. Embassy area of Lisbon, particularly the pedestrian tunnel north of the Avenida das Forças Armadas entrance, has prompted the Embassy to issue a warning to U.S. citizens. Visitors to the Embassy are advised to use caution when walking in this neighborhood, remain alert and avoid traveling alone [read more]

Europe: Airline Strikes to Disrupt Travel, Again

Date: March 24th, 2010 | No Comments

Airline strikes are likely to disrupt travel again in late March and April, with British Airways cabin crews striking for a second time in as many weeks March 27-30, TAP Portugal pilots walking out March 26-31, and Lufthansa pilots refusing to work April 13-16. All three strikes will cause havoc on their airlines’ respective [read more]

Portugal: Crime Rate Is Low, but Petty Crime Still Occurs

Date: June 17th, 2009 | No Comments

The crime rate is low in Lisbon and around the country, but petty crime occurs as it does in most major cities. Pickpockets work Lisbon’s tourist areas and small-time drug dealers and con men commonly approach tourists. Police statistics show that overall crime is down but violent crime has increased slightly, led by a 10 [read more]

France, Portugal, Mauritania, Senegal: Dakar Rally Canceled

Date: January 10th, 2008 | No Comments

The Christmas Eve murders of four French tourists in Mauritania has prompted organizers of the Dakar Rally to cancel this year’s race. The rally was scheduled to start in Lisbon Jan. 5 and finish in Dakar, Senegal Jan. 20. Race officials faced pressure from the French government to call off the rally because nine of [read more]

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