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Indonesia: Series of Volcanic Eruptions at Mt. Sinabung

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Nearly 20,000 people fled their homes in Sumatra as the island’s Mt. Sinabung volcano erupted at least nine times Dec. 30. The volcano shot lava and gas 23,000 feet into the air and a three-mile danger zone has been enforced around the crater. The volcano was dormant for 400 years before erupting in 2010, [read more]

Kenya: Wildebeest Migration Early this Season

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

A drought in Tanzania has caused the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara to happen early this season, with thousands of the animals currently returning to Kenya. This leg of the 1,800-mile migration wasn’t expected until April. Tourists are beginning to arrive at lodges and camps near the Maasai Mara Game Reserve [read more]

Ukraine: Number of Protestors Grow in Kiev

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov warned of a coup in Kiev Dec. 2, as he was informed of demonstrators’ plans to seize the parliament building. The protests began Nov. 21 when Ukraine announced plans to back out of talks with the European Union in order to strengthen ties with Russia. The number of demonstrators has grown [read more]

Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Kills Thousands, Closes Airports

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Typhoon Haiyan devastated six central islands Nov. 8, leaving as many as 10,000 people dead. In addition to Leyte, where the coastal town of Tacloban was reported to be 80-90 percent destroyed, the areas hit the hardest were the central provinces of Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Panay and Mindoro. Non-essential travel to the regions affected by [read more]

Nepal: State Department Issues Travel Alert

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert Nov. 1, just weeks ahead of the country’s constituent assembly elections. Nepal’s government is working to ensure security during the Nov. 19 elections, but protests and general strikes, or bandhs, may occur, disrupting transit services and other tourist activities. Strikers usually try to enforce a ban on [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]

South Africa: New E-tolls Cause Traffic Jams Near Johannesburg and Pretoria

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

The introduction of e-tolls has caused major traffic congestion around Johannesburg and Pretoria, as drivers attempt to use alternate routes. The new toll program uses license plate scans to bill drivers who have not prepaid, and collected fees will be used to make necessary improvements to roads. Several groups, including trade unions and churches, are [read more]

Ireland: Aer Lingus Strike May Stop, Delay Flights

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Ireland’s national carrier Aer Lingus announced that workers may strike, potentially causing flight delays and disruptions in travel leading up to the busy Christmas holiday season. Workers at the airline cited an inability to reach an agreement about staffing at Shannon Airport as a cause for the potential strike, but officials said that the Labor [read more]

China: Poor Air Quality Closes Schools, Airports

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Thick smog continued to shut down schools and airports as air pollution reached dangerously high levels around the country. Air quality in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are being closely monitored and the city of Harbin shut down services in late October when particle levels exceeded 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter, 40 times the World Health [read more]

Bangladesh: Strikes Turn Violent

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

At least four people were killed during a three-day strike Oct. 27-29 headed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in an effort to bring down the government before January elections. The country’s major tourist season is just beginning, but many tour companies warned against traveling to the country as the strikes grew violent. Clashes erupted [read more]






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