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India: Cyclone Phailin Destroys Resorts in Puri

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Reconstruction has begun in and near Puri, in India’s eastern state of Odisha (Orissa), after Cyclone Phailin charged through the Bay of Bengal. The 140-miles-per-hour winds destroyed homes and businesses, killing more than 20 people and forcing another 900,000 to evacuate. Several hotels were destroyed in the storm and large-scale tourist cancellations were reported by [read more]

France: Tensions Rise Between Taxi and Mini-cab Drivers in Paris

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Reservable mini-cabs are on the rise in Paris, much to the chagrin of 18,000 Parisian taxi drivers. Until recent years, the taxi lobby in Paris fought against allowing minicabs in the city. Now, with the “tourist vehicles with chauffeurs,” or VTCs, gaining business, taxi unions want the government to impose a 15-minute delay between reserving [read more]

Zanzibar: Power Rationing Could Last Throughout October

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Technical issues with a newly-installed power cable have led to power rationing throughout the island. Officials established an energy usage schedule that will result in reduced electricity supply for many households, businesses, restaurants and resorts. Those affected will need generators or solar power as backup while the power company develops a sufficient plan to bring [read more]

Argentina: Airline Strikes Disrupt Domestic, International Flights

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Airline unions confirmed plans to strike Aug. 29 against the pending eviction of LAN Argentina from Buenos Aires’ domestic Aeroparque airport at the end of August. LAN was asked to vacate its maintenance hangar in the Buenos Aires airport because of an ongoing dispute with the government. The eviction would result in the loss of [read more]

Brazil: Rio Bus Drivers’ Strike Strands Tens of Thousands

Date: March 6th, 2013 | No Comments

A 24-hour bus drivers’ strike in Rio de Janeiro stranded tens of thousands of people March 1, and disrupted many businesses and services since employees could not get to work. Commuters spent long hours waiting at bus stops and terminals for the few city buses that were still running—less than 10 percent of the usual [read more]

Philippines: Earthquake Closes Airport, Destroys Historic Buildings

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

The Tagbilaran Airport on the central Philippine island of Bohol reopened after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the country. Up to 100 people were killed in the Oct. 15 quake, with most casualties reported on Bohol and Cebu. Electricity was disrupted and officials warned people to stay out of large buildings until inspections deemed them [read more]

Mexico: Storm Clean-up Could Take Weeks

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Storms that hit Acapulco in late September killed up to 139 people, prompted 25,000 tourists to be airlifted and continue to cause problems for locals and tourists alike. Flights have resumed out of Acapulco’s international airport, but roads to the airport were closed because of power outages and flooding Sept. 26. With heavy rain in [read more]

Indonesia: Partial Airport Closures In Bali

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation announced the partial closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit in October. As Bali welcomes delegates to the summit, commercial flights will be canceled for long periods on Sunday, Oct. 5, Monday, Oct. 6, Wednesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 9. Garuda Indonesia [read more]

India: Anti-Sri Lanka Protests May Disrupt Travel in Tamil Nadu

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

A wave of ongoing, anti-Sri Lanka protests has disrupted travel in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. More than 200 students gathered at Chennai International Airport March 18, impeding traffic to and from the terminal. In a related demonstration, 400 people marched through central Chennai, breaking down a police barricade, while another 500 picketed [read more]

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]

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