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UK: New Law For Medical Visits

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

In an attempt to discourage abuse of the medical system, the British government has announced plans to require migrants and international tourists to pay for any medical attention received in the country. The new law includes emergency medical services and minor surgeries performed in physicians’ offices. The plan, which will be formally announced in March, [read more]

Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding those who plan to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to be current with vaccines and is recommending the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers. Visitors should also be aware that proof of medical insurance that covers treatment in Russia is required to obtain a [read more]

France: New Online Tourist Guide for Paris Metro

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Transit authorities have released a new online tourist guide for the underground Paris metro system. The Manuel du savoir-vivre à l’usage du voyageur moderne’ or “manual of etiquette for the use of the modern traveler” includes 12 etiquette tips for locals and tourists to adhere to. After officials gathered feedback and suggestions from about 2,000 [read more]

Philippines: Officials Call for Tourists to Visit

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

The provinces of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Panay and Mindoro are still recovering from the devastation of November’s Typhoon Haiyan. However, tour operators report that many of the nation’s 7,000 islands were left unscathed, with many hotels and tourism companies still open for business. Officials are calling on foreigners to visit, as the local economies [read more]

Vietnam: New Tourist Centers Open

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism announced plans to establish tourist support centers along with an emergency number for visitors seeking assistance. Those needing help can dial 19 to be connected with operators who will speak a number of foreign languages. A decree that will levy fines for those found guilty of harassing tourists was [read more]

China: Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28, giving travelers easier access to lesser-known tourist spots along China’s southern coast, including Shantou and Haifeng. The railway covers just over 300 miles and travels at a speed of nearly 125 miles per hour. The coastal city of Xiamen is expected to see a spike in visitors [read more]

Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way Set to Open in March

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitor numbers are up in Ireland and Tourism Ireland officials are hoping to keep it that way, luring more travelers to the west with The Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal touring route set to open in March 2014. Running 1500 miles along the west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to the southern region [read more]

Philippines: Government, Rebels Sign Peace Accord

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Government officials have signed a power-sharing accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the third of four proposed pacts that will assist in establishing a final peace agreement with the southern Moro guerrillas. The final of the four agreements is expected to be signed in January, bringing peace after decades of conflict. The pact [read more]

UAE: New Tourist Brochure Available

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

A new brochure advises tourists to carry identification at all times. The guide, which is available in 12 languages, offers additional behavior and safety tips to visitors arriving by cruise ship and is being handed out by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Police. Tourists are advised against inappropriate behavior, which includes public kissing, cross-dressing and consuming [read more]

Bali: Officials Consider Restricting Access to Temples

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials are considering restricting access to Hindu temples here, with some temples such as Besakih in eastern Bali already off limits to tourists. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika first suggested that temples be excluded as tourist destinations, but meetings about imposing new restrictions rather than bans began with the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association and other [read more]

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